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DNS and BIND is about one of the Internet's fundamental building blocks: the distributed host information database that's responsible for translating names into addresses, routing mail to its proper destination, and many other services. As the authors say in the preface, if you're using the Internet, you're already using DNS--even if you don't know it. This edition brings you up to date on the new 9.1.0 and 8.2.3 versions of BIND along with the older 4.9 version. There's also more extensive coverage of NOTIFY, IPv6 forward and reverse mapping, transaction signatures, and the new DNS Security Extensions; and a new section on accommodating Windows 2000 clients, servers, and Domain Controllers.
Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9
Thorough up-to-date coverage of the subject
Maybe too much non-essential information
Continuing their normal high standard, the O'Reilly DNS and BIND book aims at thoroughly covering the subject, including the new features of BIND 9 and sections on troubleshooting and programming.
It starts off with a sizeable non-technical chunk on DNS in the internet and getting a domain name. The meat starts on page 56 where we are taken through setting up a zone step by step. Examples are shown with both full and abbreviated notation and everything is explained clearly.
As well as the setup, managing an ongoing domain is covered, including topics such as managing the transfer of systems to a new subdomain and a lot of information on security.
At 600 pages the book isn't light. The chatty style adds a few of those, as do the extensive apendices.
All round an excellent book for anyone with a reasonable grounding in Unix and networking who wants to know pretty much everything there is to know (from an admin perspective) about DNS and BIND.