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Old 10-28-2003, 12:44 PM   #1
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need help to set up caching only dns server to with bogus DNS entries

hi everyone..
i'ma a newbee to this site.
i'm managing a small campus . i need to setup a .caching only dns server which will give bogus DNS lookups for some chat sites & email sites..basicaly to conserv bandwidth.
How do i do it.
it can be done by squid..but due to some site policy i cant not do i want the caching only dns server to doit.
Old 10-28-2003, 01:54 PM   #2
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Well you could do this with a name server to do this (BTW if you're claiming to give answers for certain zones, it's not considered "caching-only") but in order to make it effective you would need to force all your users to only query that server, by using firewall rules. If you don't restrict queries, they can just point to an outside DNS server and everything voided.

Your site policy would seem to be very misguided since the above is essentially what Squid would do (by restricting http traffic to only go through Squid). I suppose the difference is that by default Squid will store information about the http requests while BIND will not (unless you use the logging option to log queries).

Any way...

If you install any of the pre-built BIND packages for Linux, you should get a chaching server right out of the box (you'll need a /etc/named.conf and a root.hints file, which is some times renamed to various things). From there, you can just add various ZONE statements to your named.conf so you claim to be authoritative for a particular zone, then setup a file, etc and put the bogus entries in there which resolve to, or whatever floats your boat.

Note that if you claim to be authoritative for a particular zone, you will "break" that zone entirely.


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