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adding dns subdomain on exisiting ubuntu bind server

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i have dns working on an ubunut server for one domain and would like to add a subdomain. (ie, test.example.com)

i added the new domain in named.conf.local and created the .db file in /etc/bind/zones but i cant get it to resolve. i can find guides on how to create the initials domain but none about adding multiple domains to one server.
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Unless you have a good reason to create a separate zone file for a subdomain (like allowing certain slaves to have just the subdomain instead of the entire domain), then just add them into your existing zone file and make your life easier.

Example:
If you need to add a record for 'www.domain.com', you just add the A record as www
If you need to add a record for www.subdomain.domain.com, you just add the A record as www.subdomain

That of course assumes the $ORIGIN is set properly.  Speaking of $ORIGIN, you can use that to achieve the same results and there is really no trade-off by doing it either way.

Let's say that right now you have this in your zonefile:
$ORIGIN domain.com.
www A 1.2.3.4

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That translates into www.domain.com
$ORIGIN subdomain.domain.com.
www A 4.3.2.1

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That translates into www.subdomain.domain.com

Make sense?
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makes sense, but i've never come across the $ORIGIN tag before.
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$ORIGIN is in every zone, whether you see it or not ;)

http://www.zytrax.com/books/dns/ch8/origin.html
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that worked great. thank you.

i'm thinking of putting the subdomain on a different network. would i need to so anything other than add a nic to the dns server and make sure it can connect to the other network?
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Technically you don't even need to add a physical nic, you can just create a virtual.  But either way yeah just make sure connectivity works between subnets and you should be fine as long as your 'listen-on' option in named.conf includes that interface.
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