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wildcard record in BIND DNS Server

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I wish to have *.domain.com point to a single IP address without having to specify each, how do I do this?

Thanks!!

Paul.
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Including:

*     IN   A    1.2.3.4

in the forward resolution zone file for the domain will do the trick. Note that you can mix host records and a wild card in the same zone file like:

chaos      IN  A   10.1.0.1
mail        IN  A   10.1.0.2
www       IN  A   10.1.0.3
*              IN  A   10.1.0.4

Obviously, the PTR record for the wildcarded IP can only point to a single name and this can cause a certain amount of confusion with clients. So wild card A records should only be used with discretion.
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Fantastic, so simple :) Thanks so much!

Paul.
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Actually one more question, is it possible to do this:

*.subdomain.domain.com  IN  A  1.2.3.4
*.subdomain2.domain.com IN A 1.2.3.5

?

Cheers,

Paul.
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Well, yes. But the more normal practice is to create separate zone files for domain.com, subdomain.domain.com and subdomain2.domain.com or to use an ORIGIN statement in a single zone file for each subdomain section. In both cases the domain portion is implied by the ORIGIN statement and "*" alone will suffice.
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Fantastic ;-) Cheers!
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by:alex-birkey
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Any way to do this with windows 2000 DNS server?
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by:alex-birkey
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(it doesnt seem to work for me) I can ping *.domain.com but no other prefixes resolve to an IP.
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Sorry.
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No problem...
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