Linux Dns server – Domain Name Server

Linux DNS SERVER (Domain Name System) in Linux

Domain Name System

The Domain Name System (DNS) is the crucial glue that keeps computer networks in harmony by converting human-friendly hostnames to the numerical IP addresses computers require to communicate with each other. DNS is one of the largest and most important distributed databases the world depends on by serving billions of DNS requests daily for public IP addresses. Most public DNS servers today are run by larger ISPs and commercial companies but private DNS servers can also be useful for private home networks.

linux dns server

Like the telephone system, every device attached to the Internet has a unique number, its IP address. Also like the telephone system there is a directory services to help you find those numbers called DNS.

If you have someone’s name and address you can call a directory services, give them the details you know and they will (usually) give you the telephone number to call them. Likewise, if you know a server’s host name (maybe you can give that name to a DNS server and it will give you the IP address of that server.


The format of a domain name

Like a physical address, Internet domain names are hierarchical (only a little stricter), so while your address might look like:

House name:     Meera Rood

Town:                             Pune

County:                          Pune

County:                          India


An Internet domain name looks like:

Host name             www

Domain                  google

Second level domain co

Top-level domain   In

A database is made up of records and the DNS is a database. Therefore, common resource record types in the DNS database are:

  • A – Host’s IP address. Address record allowing a computer name to be translated into an IP address. Each computer must have this record for its IP address to be located. These names are not assigned for assigned for clients that have dynamically assigned ip addresses, but are a must for locating servers with static IP addresses.
  • PTR – Host’s domain name, host identified by its IP address
  • CNAME – Host’s canonical name allows additional names or aliases to be used to locate a computer.
  • MX – Host’s or domain’s mall exchanger.
  • NS – Host’s or domain’s name server (S).
  • SOA – Indicates authority for the domain (Start of Authority)
  • TXT – Generic text record
  • SRV – Service location record
  • RP – Responsible person
  • HNFO – Host informat5ion record with CPU type and operating system

Read Also: Step by step DNS Server Configuration

The package which is used in Linux for performing DNS activity is BIND (Berkeley Internet Name Domain)

Profile for Linux DNS Server

Usage                                                   :               To Resolve IP into hostname and vice-versa

Package                                               :               bind, caching-name

Script                                                    :               /etc/init.d/named

Port                                                       :               53

Configuration File                           :               /etc/named.conf

Document root                                 :               /var/named/

Daemon                                               :               named

This is the detail of Linux dns server

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