Linux DNS Server Administration (Craig Hunt Linux Library)

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The Craig Hunt Linux Library provides the advanced information that Linux professionals and systems administrators need to keep their Linux servers up and running at maximum efficiency. Developed by noted Linux and TCP/IP guru Craig Hunt and written by acknowledged Linux experts, these books dig deeper into each of the eight key Linux topics -- Samba, Apache, DHCP, NFS and Automounter, Sendmail, DNS, security, and system administration-than any other book on the market.The Domain Name System (DNS) is one of the keys to the Internet, facilitating the translation of English-like domain names (www.amazon.com) into Internet Protocol (IP) addresses (208.216.182.15). In this detailed examination, Linux and TCP/IP guru Craig Hunt takes you deep into the guts of DNS, explaining the architecture, protocols, and BIND; illustrating basic configuration of the resolver, caching servers, and slave servers; and demonstrating how to create subdomains and use Dynamic DNS. Includes coverage of how to implement DNS security, test DNS, and debug and troubleshoot DNS.

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Linux, which is well suited to fire-and-forget applications that require high reliability, can make an excellent foundation on which to build a Domain Name System (DNS) server. Linux DNS Server Administration shows how to do that, treating Linux generically (the book sticks to features of the 2.x kernel that are common to all distributions) and showing how to configure Berkeley Internet Name Domain (BIND) on top of that base. The result is a technical document that's focused, detailed, and oriented toward the practical considerations--such as security--of real-world system administration.

Because providing DNS service isn't as much a matter of administration as of proper initial setup, Linux DNS Server Administration spends about half the time describing what a DNS server does and explaining how to get BIND service going. It mainly steers clear of "do-this, do-that" instructions, favoring statements of problems and their solutions (with lots of configuration file listings), instead. A similar approach later shows how to plug known security holes, configure logging, and optimize performance. For more information on DNS and BIND, check out the classic DNS and BIND. Although it's not focused specifically on Linux, that's the definitive work on name resolution under Unix generically. --David Wall

Topics covered: Domain Name System (DNS) service under Linux 2.x, as provided by BIND 8. The design of the global DNS service, server configuration (for both master and slave servers), subdomains, security, and performance optimization. DNS futures--in the form of a look at BIND 9--appear, too.

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