Originally Posted by karuchua
am new to linux and would like to know what i need in order for me to configure ubuntu 9.0 server to act as a dns server
Well you really only need Bind9. for ubuntu just type in
sudo apt-get install bind9 bind9-doc
I say bind9-doc because it will give you great information on the setup and how dns works. After your done with that just edit the /etc/bind/named.conf.local or if you leave it as is you will have a dns cache server.
Can you give us a little more information on what you are trying to accomplish? Are you wanting to make this a backup DNS server, or are you wanting to make queries to the internet go faster?