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DNS and BIND [Kindle Edition]

Cricket Liu , Paul Albitz
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  • Print ISBN-10: 0596100574
  • Print ISBN-13: 978-0596100575
  • Edition: 5
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DNS and BIND tells you everything you need to work with one of the Internet's fundamental building blocks: the distributed host information database that's responsible for translating names into addresses, routing mail to its proper destination, and even listing phone numbers with the new ENUM standard. This book brings you up-to-date with the latest changes in this crucial service.


The fifth edition covers BIND 9.3.2, the most recent release of the BIND 9 series, as well as BIND 8.4.7. BIND 9.3.2 contains further improvements in security and IPv6 support, and important new features such as internationalized domain names, ENUM (electronic numbering), and SPF (the Sender Policy Framework).


Whether you're an administrator involved with DNS on a daily basis or a user who wants to be more informed about the Internet and how it works, you'll find that this book is essential reading.


Topics include:

  • What DNS does, how it works, and when you need to use it
  • How to find your own place in the Internet's namespace
  • Setting up name servers
  • Using MX records to route mail
  • Configuring hosts to use DNS name servers
  • Subdividing domains (parenting)
  • Securing your name server: restricting who can query your server, preventing unauthorized zone transfers, avoiding bogus servers, etc.
  • The DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC) and Transaction Signatures (TSIG)
  • Mapping one name to several servers for load sharing
  • Dynamic updates, asynchronous notification of change to a zone, and incremental zone transfers
  • Troubleshooting: using nslookup and dig, reading debugging output, common problems
  • DNS programming using the resolver library and Perl's Net::DNS module


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About the Author

Cricket Liu graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, that great bastion of free speech, unencumbered Unix, and cheap pizza. He joined Hewlett-Packard after graduation and worked for HP for nine years.Cricket began managing the hp.com zone after the Loma Prieta earthquake forcibly transferred the zone's management from HP Labs to HP's Corporate Offices (by cracking a sprinkler main and flooding a Labs computer room). Cricket was hostmaster@hp.com for over three years, and then joined HP's Professional Services Organization to co-found HP's Internet Consulting Program.Cricket left HP in 1997 to form Acme Byte & Wire, a DNS consulting and training company, with his friend Matt Larson. Network Solutions acquired Acme in June 2000, and later the same day merged with VeriSign. Cricket worked for a year as Director of DNS Product Management for VeriSign Global Registry Services.Cricket joined Infoblox, a company that develops DNS and DHCP appliances, in March, 2003. He is currently their Vice President of Architecture.Cricket, his wife, Paige, their son, Walt, and daughter, Greta, live in California with their two Siberian Huskies, Annie and Dakota.

Paul Albitz is a software engineer at Hewlett-Packard. Paul earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse, and a Master of Science degree from Purdue University.Paul worked on BIND for the HP-UX 7.0 and 8.0 releases. During this time he developed the tools used to run the hp.com domain. Since then Paul has worked on various HP products during his 19 year career: HP JetDirect software, HP OfficeJet fax firmware, HPPhoto web site, and HP Photosmart Premier software.Paul and his wife Katherine live in San Diego California with their two cats, Gracie and Tiffany.


Product Details

  • File Size: 2108 KB
  • Print Length: 642 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0596100574
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 5 edition (February 9, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0026OR2QS
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most comprehensive book on DNS and Bind July 8, 2006
Format:Paperback
First off, the most recent edition of this book was published in May 2006, so all reviews prior to that are discussing previous editions of this book.

The domain name system or domain name server (DNS) is a system that stores and associates many types of information with domain names, but, most important, it translates the domain name (computer hostnames) to IP addresses. It also lists mail exchange servers accepting e-mail for each domain. In providing a worldwide keyword-based redirection service, DNS is an essential component of contemporary Internet use. DNS is most well-known for making it possible to attach easy-to-remember domain names to hard-to-remember IP addresses. BIND (Berkeley Internet Name Domain) is the most commonly used DNS server on the Internet, especially on Unix-like systems, where it is a de facto standard. A new version of BIND (BIND 9) was written from scratch in part to address the architectural difficulties with auditing the earlier BIND code bases, and also to support DNSSEC (DNS Security Extensions). Other important features of BIND 9 include: TSIG, DNS notify, nsupdate, IPv6, rndc flush, views, multiprocessor support, and an improved portability architecture. This book was written to address these changes.

DNS is being used for many more applications than in the past. With ENUM (electronic numbering), DNS is used by voice-over-IP gear. With SPF (the Sender Policy Framework), mailers look up information in DNS to check for mail spoofing. This makes DNS more critical than ever, and a target for hackers. To handle these additional applications and increased threats, DNS has had to be extended, adding cryptographic security, for example.

These topics and others are covered in the new edition of DNS and BIND.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Presented Concepts and Implementations (5th ed.) August 22, 2006
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Foreword: I have been running my own DNS servers on OpenBSD and FreeBSD for about 4 years. All of my previous DNS knowledge was obtained from the man pages and online tutorials.

The book is great because the example network used throughout the book is built upon, showing you how to "grow" your DNS with your expanding network. The design and implementation presented is priceless and covers some of my favorite topics: placement of slaves, hidden primaries, building root servers, split views, daisy-chaining, forwarders, partial-slaves, address maintenance issues, etc. The pros and cons of each setup are weighed and best practices are suggested. If you like a generous helping of diagrams, examples, and tables as a learning aid, you won't be disappointed.

One specific example of weighing the pros and the cons is presented on page 479 as follows:

"Could we have saved a few bucks on hardware by using our external authoritative nameservers as forwarders, too? Sure, but that would have presented a risk." After that statement, they proceed into all the details of "why."

There is adequate coverage on security. The authors preach defense in depth. An implementation example includes hiding your masters and only exposing bastion slaves. Securing communications between the masters and slaves is also covered in the security chapter using DNSSEC and TSIG. I think IPSec is another way to add a security layer, but that is probably another book.

After reading the book, I started to implement my new DNS infrastructure and found myself referring to the index often. It is fairly consummate, however, I found a few things missing, such as the $GENERATE statement. Also, some of the configuration details were lacking slightly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource September 14, 2007
By Marcus
Format:Paperback
This book is a good in-depth resource for anyone who wants a very comprehensive understanding of DNS hosting and troubleshooting. You can use it as a reference, reading sections as you need them, or read it cover to cover. I've opted for the former and am about half-way through. So, far I've read about things I've never been able to find good information for on the web. Keep up the good work!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, which is why we need a new one... April 6, 2010
By deir
Format:Paperback
This update had everything I needed to know and the release was well-timed. With issues around IPv6 becoming more crucial, BIND 9.7, and signing of the root in July to allow for a complete trust chain in DNSSEC implementations, it's time for a good update.
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5.0 out of 5 stars By far the best DNS introduction August 7, 2007
By zchimp
Format:Paperback
This book is the best investment I have made in my knowledge of DNS. I think any network admin should have this book on their desk at all times. It should become a bed side reading for anybody who is serious about TCP/IP protocols. DNS may be a pretty tricky topic to understand for many people. It uses both TCP and UDP for its queries and gets pretty convoluted as you dive into it. This books demystifies it very well. There is a very clear distinction between zones and domains. I have not seen that many materials clearly explaining the difference between the two. The book gives you a taste of what threats you may face running a DNS server. It explains how to perform zone transfers and zone delegations and clearly defines which suite of protocols is used to accomplish it.
This book can be a reference as well as a textbook read. I recommend it to all people out on the internet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best practical book on DNS and how it works
I was interested in finding out more about how DNS is deployed and operated in practice. The first few chapters in this book deliver very well in this regard. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sean Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sys Admin Must Read
This book was recommended to me by my Director as required reading. The depth of scope and holistic descriptions aide in the learning/reading.
Published 6 months ago by internetshoppinggo
5.0 out of 5 stars Thicker than I anticiapted
The encyclopedia of DNS books, meaning thicker than a phone book.

I like the fact that this book is thick but so easy to read and follow along with. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Pzano
4.0 out of 5 stars Oldie but a goodie. Awesome for all levels.
Oldie but a goodie. Awesome for all levels. I especially love how you can highlight and make notes on your Kindle now. :)
Published 14 months ago by Robert
5.0 out of 5 stars Cricket Liu is the source for DNS/BIND education
If you want to stay current with DNS/BIND then the books by Cricket Liu need to be in you library.
Published 17 months ago by Robert S. White
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I've read on DNS and BIND
DNS is one of those concepts that is almost kept in mystery in the tech world. The knowledge seems to be passed by word of mouth, and there doesn't seem to be one good repository... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Berkley Starks
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
This book is an excellent material for any Dns Administrator, or for anyone who wants to be one.
This is a "Bilble"

The quality is very nice.
Published 20 months ago by fry
5.0 out of 5 stars Very insightful
This book helped me understand the basics as well as some of the more complex concepts. I am not finished yet and by no means an expert on DNS but this book is helping along the... Read more
Published 23 months ago by angela
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Very informative and easy to follow with excellent examples. If you don't understand DNS or need to understand BIND a bit more - this is definitely the book that will spin you up... Read more
Published on December 6, 2012 by william swanson
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely good book
A very useful and thorough book on DNS made more useful by the inclusion of information on recent BIND versions.
Published on November 16, 2012 by PeteDude
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