Setup of primary DNS server on Red Hat Linux

Posted on 2004-09-26
Last Modified: 2013-12-16
I currently have a DSL connection a statice IP address and a registered Domain name with networksolutions. I am relatively new to this and I am a little overwhelmed by all the information so if someone could point me in the right direction on how set myself up to host my own DNS server so I can set up different web sites under different domain names it would be greatly appreciated.  At Neworks solutions site under edit DNS do I Move network services to my Static IP address?  How will my DNS communicate with the rest of the internet? Do I need to do zone transfers with someplace else or is just having a named.root file enough.

Thanks for the help
Question by:bradd138
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blkline earned 350 total points
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You really need to read the document at the following link:

Having only one DNS server can be problematic.  What you should instead is to see if your ISP can provide DNS services for you.  Alternately, check with another service such as .


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I have access to a second static IP address if need. What I am trying to do is set up at home a senerio where I can run my own DNS server and add additional domain names that would access different web sites all located on my local machines but under different domain names.

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ID: 12181105
The issue with the second DNS is availability.  You don't want your domains to become unknown (unreachable isn't great, either) which will happen if all of your DNS servers are down or unreachable.  The best scenario for DNS servers is to have more than one and to have them on different networks, with different routes to them.  In fact, physical separation is really great too -- e.g. one server on the east coast and one on the west coast.  The more the merrier!

What you want to do from home is rather straight-forward, but you MUST READ the document I earlier pointed you to.  It's dry, but informative, and will give you everything you need to set up what you are looking to do.  If you can't take the time to read the docs then you have no business being in the DNS biz and I'd really recommend that you get (or other) to host it for you.  I manage the DNS servers for my company's networks, but I use for my other affairs, since I can rely on their 5 servers never being down simultaneously.

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After I hit "submit" and re-read my comments I realized that I might seem a bit harsh.  I didn't mean it that way.  When I said:
"If you can't take the time to read the docs then you have no business being in the DNS biz..." I really wanted to say  "If you can't take the time to read the docs (because the project is pressing) or are thoroughly confused by them, then you have no business being in the DNS biz.  DNS isn't rocket science but it can be very confusing.  Dnydns (an NO, I am not an employee, investor or otherwise compensated) and their ilk are very good at DNS and have interfaces for the advanced user, as well as the DNS beginner.

I assume that you are starting a small web-hosting business, either for yourself or others, and you'll really want to concentrate your efforts so that the systems come on-line as quickly as possible.    Redundancy is good for DNS and a small operation can't adequately provide that.

I host a number of sites and use dyndns for each client.  I pass the meager cost of DNS hosting to the customer and then I no longer need to worry about coming up with fall-back plans for my DNS.

Best regards,


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One other thing... if you use dyndns then they'll give you the DNS server names that you'll enter into the networksolutions form.   Ditto on the other DNS hosting services available.

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ID: 12181959
Hi Barry

This is not a pressing project I'm just trying to learn how it all comes together at home during off hours. My DSL connection is strictly for learning purposes. I will spend some more time on the HOW TO doc and see if I can figure it out.

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Once you have feel free to post additional questions and I'm sure I or someone else around here will be able to help you out.

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