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- i was thinking of setting up a shell account server, but have little idea of DNS. When going to internic homepage to register the domain, it require an active Primary DNS and Seconard DNS. Does this have to be two separate server? And how do I setup One or find informatio to setup on? Will 2 server do the jobs? As in one server being e-mail and shell and the other being web? which can be the Primary and which can be secondary? thx
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You could set up a DNS server on your own machine, no matter which and give that as the primary DNS. Then I would suggest you to find another ISP and ask them to be the secondary DNS. That way it doesn't matter if your system goes down, the DNS still works.

Of course you can ask two ISP's to include your DNS information in their databases and that way you don't need a DNS server of your own at all.

Hope this helps

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Interesting answer, it helped on somepart, but i am still unclear on how to setup a DNS server, what is it and how to setup on, it mention very little in the Linux book, but doesn not show how to setup one. Got a page with that information or a book? thx
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DNS setup can get complex if you have many servers or workstations. If you only have one server, it's jsut easiest to let your main ISP add your host into their database.

If you really want to set one up either
 A) Buy the O'reily and associates book on Bind and DNS. I believe it's a white and green book with a mosquito on the front
(ISBN 1-56592-010-4) by Paul Albitz & Cricket Liu

 B) Check out these 2 web resources which I used to help me set up my DNS server.

 http://www.verinet.com/dns/

 http://www.dns.net/dnsrd/docs/bog/bog.html

 http://sunsite.unc.edu/linux/HOWTO/DNS-HOWTO.html

 there is also a dns newsgroup: comp.protocols.dns.bind

-Cygnus
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