Alternative DNS Servers

Alternative DNS Servers : Choice and deployment, and optional SQL/LDAP back-ends

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This book examines many of the best DNS servers available. The book covers each server's benefits and disadvantages, as well as how to configure and deploy it, and integrate it into your network infrastructure. It describes scenarios where each server is particularly useful, so you can choose the most suitable server for your site.

The book also explains how DNS data can be stored in LDAP directories and SQL databases. This lets you build robust DNS systems that can be automated, and can be managed by multiple, distributed, system managers. There is an extensive tutorial on using LDAP with DNS.

Other important topics covered include: performance, security issues, integration with DHCP, DNSSEC, internalisation, and specialised DNS servers designed for some unusual purposes.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 736 pages
  • 177 x 233 x 31mm | 1,410g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0954452992
  • 9780954452995
  • 1,062,170

Table of contents

Part I Preparation 1 Introduction to the DNS 2 How to represent zone data and where to store it 3 Preparing for your implementation Part II The DNS servers 4 MaraDNS 5 MyDNS 6 PowerDNS Authoritative Server 7 An overview of BIND 8 BIND's Simpled Database Interface 9 Bind DLZ 10 Name Server Daemon (NSD) 11 tinydns 12 ldapdns 13 dnsmasq 14 DNS on Microsoft Windows 15 DNS and Perl 16 DNS blacklists 17 Caching name servers 18 Delegation and private DNS roots Part III Operational Issues 19 Updating DNS zones and their associated records 20 The Name Service Switch 21 Internationalized Domain Names 22 Introducing DNSSEC 23 Performance 24 Securing and monitoring your DNS servers Appendixes A Getting started with (Open)LDAP B Use $INCLUDE andx your SOA C BIND SDB D Bind DLZ E Perl DNS name servers F User Dned Functions in MySQL G Bits and pieces H Scripting PowerDNS Recursor with the Lua programming language
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"Alternative DNS Servers taught me a few things about my nameserver I didn't know about!" - Bert Hubert, principal author of PowerDNS "The first book to describe NSD and Unbound in excellent detail" -- NLnet Labs "Finally -- a clear, in-depth and accessible guide to using BIND-DLZ! A must read for anyone considering alternate DNS servers." -- Rob Butler - BIND-DLZ project creator & author "... a valuable source of information for every PowerDNS administrator!" -- Norbert Sendetzky ( "The chapter on dnsmasq is comprehensive and clear; it assumes nothing and takes the reader through the process of configuring the program from basics to advanced topics. It is certainly a great improvement on the sparse documentation supplied with dnsmasq." -- Simon Kelley "As the author of MaraDNS, I am very impressed with Jan-Piet Mens' research. The quality of the MaraDNS chapter shows that Jan-Piet has done his homework, and that this is an informative accurate guide for anyone interested in learning more about DNS." -- Sam Trenholme (MaraDNS)
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About Jan-Piet Mens

After an apprenticeship at Nixdorf Computer AG, Jan-Piet Mens worked for five years as a trainer at a Nixdorf education centre in Wiesbaden, Germany, teaching courses to customers and employees.

Since 1988 he has been an independent consultant. He specializes in Internet technologies, especially e-mail systems, LDAP, DNS, Web, and Lotus Notes & Domino. For the past few years he has been consulting for a large European company, where he has designed and implemented a corporate DNS infrastructure as well as world-wide e-mail, and multi-continent LDAP services.

Jan-Piet is Dutch. He was born in Colombia, and lived in Spain for 11 years before moving to France and finally to Germany.
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