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Old 07-20-2004, 10:17 AM   #1
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Question Is this set up possible without using BIND?

What I would like to do, instead of using bind, is use a third party DNS server, like What I would like to see happen, is when is requested, it gets forwarded to my router(which will be running either SmoothWall or Slackware), and then the router will forward it to my server. That I know will work without a problem, the question I have is I want to be able to type in, and have that forwarded to my router, and from there have it forwarded to my desktop machine. I am thinking that without setting up BIND, my router will have no way of knowing what has been requested, since the third party nameserver would only send me an IP address. So has anyone else have a set up that is something like this that doesn't use BIND, or is it even possible to do without setting it up? Thanks for the help.
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You shouldn't need BIND for that.
Old 07-20-2004, 03:00 PM   #3
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If you're only using a web server, then this can be done without BIND - the HTTP GET command passes the web address being requested to the server resolved by DNS.

This is what is passed to my webserver at

GET / HTTP/1.1
User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.7) Gecko/20040626 Firefox/0.9.1
Accept: text/xml,application/xml,application/xhtml+xml,text/html;q=0.9,text/plain;q=0.8,image/png,*/*;q=0.5
Accept-Language: en-us,en;q=0.5
Accept-Encoding: gzip,deflate
Accept-Charset: ISO-8859-1,utf-8;q=0.7,*;q=0.7
Keep-Alive: 300
Connection: keep-alive
If-Modified-Since: Tue, 20 Jul 2004 03:17:15 GMT
If-None-Match: "13d2503-10f4-40fc8ebb"
Cache-Control: max-age=0
As you can see, the requested page URL is sent, so you can do filtering at your end to sort out which server the particular requests go to. Things get more complex if you're running ftp or anything else as there's no headers except the usual TCP/IP ones.

Exactly how you do the filtering at your end is left as an exercise for the reader, 'cause I have no idea.


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