Problem setting up a Subdomain

Roark Fisher fisherr at
Wed Mar 29 21:23:12 UTC 2000

  If anyone has an idea where to look for a solution to this, I would
appreciate any direction.

  I am running bind 8.2.2 on a Solaris 2.6 system and am managing name
services my own internal network (10.x.x.x).

  I have a parent domain called (on a server called  Under this parent domain, I have setup a subdomain called  The domain is managed by its own
separate DNS server (

  If I do an nslookup and set server to, I can lookup all
systems within the domain correctly.

  If I am on my parent DNS server, do an nslookup, set type=ns, and
lookup, it correctly gives as the name of the
Name Server for this domain.

  However, I cannot correctly lookup any of the systems in the domain from my parent DNS server.

  In troubleshooting, I feel the problem may be with my use of
forwarders.  To resolve external address, my parent DNS server makes use
of forwarders on an external network to resolve Internet address.  I
noted that if I set the first forwarder in the list to be,
then I can resolve all names (but things get very slow).  If I take out of the forwarder list (or move it to another position
in the list), I cannot lookup any name in the domain.

  I also have another DNS server on another internal domain.  This
DNS server does not make any use of forwarders and points to itself in
its /etc/resolv.conf file.  It can correctly lookup systems in the domain and the domain.

  It appears to me that the server is working correctly as
the separate DNS server is resolving the names correctly.  The problem
is that my parent system for the domain cannot.

  Does anyone know where this misconnection is occuring or have a
suggestion on where I can look?

  Thank you.

-Roark Fisher
   fisherr at

Roark Fisher
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