can I have two primary servers for the same domain (was: )

Thor Kottelin thor at
Wed Mar 8 08:23:00 UTC 2000

BIND Users Mailing List wrote:

> From: "Jothish        CSE." <Jothish at>
> Subject:

>   First question is can I have two primary servers for the same domain .

Yes, but why would you want to? Zone transfers were invented for a reason.

> Scenario  : I have two primary server in the same domain one in India and
> other one in US . Both are running Solaris 2.5.1 and BIND 4.9.7. US server
> is directly connected to the internet and has the record of all the machines
> of India as well as US .Indian server has the records of only Indian
> machines .
> Requirement :Sitting in India  I should be able to query all the Indian
> machines form the Indian primary server and whenever there is a query of a
> US machine the Indian servers should redirect the query to US server. I dont
> want to configure the Indian servers as a secondary or cache only .

I'd suggest creating a subdomain for your Indian hosts, and delegating
this subdomain to your Indian office. Regardless of this, I'd also suggest
having your Indian name servers run secondary zones for your superdomain.


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