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Old 07-23-2005, 12:40 PM   #1
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BIND - Working, but not properly :(

Hi All,
I've just spend hours setting up BIND to work on my new server. Is it me or do other people find this thing quite cryptic as well? I'm a programming and I've been struggling!

I've got the domain I've been setting up the nameservers and

After hours of torment (and looking at the setup of my other server that had BIND set when I bought it) I've finally got it working, but not quite properly.

If I ping it brings up the correct IP

But if I do "nslookup" I get:-
*** Can't find server name for address Server failed
Server: UnKnown


It's giving the right IP. It's reporting authoritive but the server is coming up "UnKnown". Everything else appears to be working.

Please, please, please could someone help me if they can. I'll post the solution if I find it in the mean time, but I really seem to have hit a brick wall.

Old 07-23-2005, 01:06 PM   #2
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try using the host command
host <dns name to resolve> <dns server to use>
Old 07-23-2005, 01:22 PM   #3
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You have 4 nameservers listed for your domain

These 2 resolve to an IP address and work fine

Try for yourself


Old 07-23-2005, 01:48 PM   #4
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Got it! My fault. Thanks for the replies. Pete I think you checked the server just as I fixed it. It was my reverse lookups file. The files was right but the named.config file zone configuration was pointing to the wrong place. I'd done 177.60.69.named rather than 117.60.69.named.

Ahh well, hours wasted looking for extra configuration that wasn't there. At least it works now. I did however find a very good guide to setting up bind while looking for this solution:-

Looks like they have some other stuff but I've already setup apache and sendmail.

Thanks again


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