Redhat 7.2 DNS server times out client requests, but appears to be running fine....

Posted on 2003-11-14
Last Modified: 2010-03-18
Using a Redhat 7.2 Linux box running bind 9.2.1 that I used to run a secondary DNS server on, but it is no longer responding to queries, although I see log file information recording that the queries were made.  I always get "connection timed out; no servers could be reached" or "DNS required timed out" on the client computer using either nslookup, dig, or host.  I'm trying queries from localhost, and a computer on the same network, so a firewall should not be an issue.

Any ideas what I am doing wrong?

Here is my /etc/resolve.conf


Here is my /etc/named.conf

options {
        directory "/var/named";
         * If there is a firewall between you and nameservers you want
         * to talk to, you might need to uncomment the query-source
         * directive below.  Previous versions of BIND always asked
         * questions using port 53, but BIND 8.1 uses an unprivileged
         * port by default.
        // query-source address * port 53;

// a caching only nameserver config
controls {
        inet allow { localhost; } keys { rndckey; };

logging {
        channel namedlog {
                file "/var/log/named.log" versions 5 size 2m;
                print-time yes;
                print-category yes;
        category "default" { namedlog; };
        category "general" { namedlog; };
        category "database" { namedlog; };
        category "security" { namedlog; };
        category "config" { namedlog; };
        category "resolver" { namedlog; };
        category "client" { namedlog; };
        category "unmatched" { namedlog; };
        category "queries" { namedlog; };

zone "." IN {
        type hint;
        file "";

zone "localhost" IN {
        type master;
        file "";
        allow-update { none; };

zone "" IN {
        type master;
        file "named.local";
        allow-update { none; };

zone "" IN {
        type master;
        file "named.0.168.192";
        allow-update { none; };

zone "" IN {
        type master;
        file "named.200.113.216";
        allow-update { none; };

include "/etc/rndc.key";
Question by:vancetech
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jlevie earned 125 total points
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If this DNS server is behind a firewall you need to uncomment the query -source directive in the options section.

And your resolv.conf on the DNS server should look like:

search mydomain.tld

Your named.conf defines reverse zones, but it is missing a zone file for your domain. I presume from what named.conf contains that your reference to it being a "secondary DNS server" means that it is a caching server since neither of the local data zones ( & are of type slave and you don't define any masters.

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Thanks for your response.  I had omitted the slave zones from the named.conf file above as there are a good number of them to fill up the screen.

My first problem was that zone transfers were not updating from the primary and I received "failure trying master: timed out" and "retry limit for master: exceeded" error messages in my log files.  Now, the server is unable to load the zones because they have all expired and are unable to contact the primary.

I'm going back to my original question,

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