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coolster 04-19-2008 02:11 PM

PowerDNS vs BIND
 
Hi,

I am using DNS BIND server for years now, but.... could someone tell me his or her experiences with PDNS, like How does it Behave, Is it Faster, Is it More Stable, Is it Less Prone to Bugs/Security Problems, etc?
I can't seem to find any information through Google.

I know this is not a strict Solaris subject, but since DNS is running on our Solaris systems.....

Thanks & regards, C

MensaWater 04-19-2008 08:27 PM

The fact that you can't find much information about PowerDNS should tell you what you really need to know. i.e. Stay away from it because it isn't widely used.

BIND is what most folks (other than the Windoze types) use for Linux/UNIX DNS resolution.

You're not going to find any tool that has 0 security flaws or bugs. However, since BIND does get regular updates and is so widely used such security issues are typically discovered, reported, and patched relatively quickly. The issue isn't necessarily that BIND is rife with security issues but rather than being a web facing service it is a common point of attack just as your web servers are.

Is there a specific issue with BIND that makes you think you need to dump it?

coolster 04-20-2008 11:06 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jlightner (Post 3126611)

Is there a specific issue with BIND that makes you think you need to dump it?

Hi jlightner,

No, I was just wondering about the quality and status of other DNS implementations. Like there are other (quiet interesting) implementations for http, smtp, etc. besides Apache and Sendmail.

Thanks for your answer.

C

borororo 11-03-2008 01:36 AM

PowerDNS with backends
 
After a several day long struggle to make bind support zones from sql source (what finally run ) i found PowerDNS supports many backends including MySQL and PostgreSQL in the very core.

I think if someone is about to host a few dozen zones and want them managed by a web application eg., it's much more feasible to access zone data in sql than in files, only sources of zone information supported by isc bind.

MensaWater 11-03-2008 03:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by borororo (Post 3329777)
After a several day long struggle to make bind support zones from sql source (what finally run ) i found PowerDNS supports many backends including MySQL and PostgreSQL in the very core.

I think if someone is about to host a few dozen zones and want them managed by a web application eg., it's much more feasible to access zone data in sql than in files, only sources of zone information supported by isc bind.

Actually the folks on the BIND list suggest using Webmin for managing BIND zones via a web page. I haven't done it myself so don't know how well it works but comments there suggest it is a good tool. I don't find DNS management that hard to do by hand so haven't tried using Webmin for that purpose.

borororo 11-04-2008 02:40 AM

PowerDNS
 
Yes, i know webmin a bit, it's all in one configuration tool, haven't seen it for quite a time though in recent distributions core,but i am not sure i can adjust privleges for zone administration to users who own them, eg. user1 manages zone1, user2 manages zone2.

Yesterday i've deployed PowerDNS with mysql backend on ubuntu server, it went really stright. Database table schema is quite simple and i hope our programmers will be able to create a web tool so that i don't have to manage zone records by hand myself, not it be a problem for me, but owner of server wants users to manage their zones, as is usual for web hosting services.

Have a nice day. B.

MensaWater 11-04-2008 09:38 AM

Maybe you should write up a Wiki or tutorial on setting up what you did as the original poster's complaint was he couldn't find much information on it.


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