Green as green can be ... and totally lost

Jeff Lasman jblists at
Tue Jan 14 05:54:06 UTC 2003

Hans Solo wrote:

> First of I'm new to DNS... I just got a static IP today and want to set up
> my own DNS server.  I have a domain name registered with  I am
> not sure where to start,

The long journey begins with a single step <smile>.

> I have Bind9 and names installed on my Linux Debian
> box but not sure how to configure it.  Do I have to point from
> to my static IP?

Having visited the website I presume they're your
"registrar"; that you registered your domain with them.

When you did, did they ask what "nameservers" you were going to use?  My
recollection is that .ca domains (subdomains, actually, but we won't go
there tonight <grin>) require two working nameservers upon registration;
my guess is that used their own nameservers.

To use your own nameservers you must have two.  I can't think of any way
around that with .ca domains, though someone more experienced with
current .ca registrations may correct me.

It's possible that will be willing to act as a slave
nameserver for you, either at no charge or for a fee.

What you need to do is register your nameserver with  I have
no idea how to do it, you should either find the information on their
website or ask their customer service or technical support department. 
To register it you'll need to have both an IP# for it, and a "Fully
Qualified Domain Name" (FQDN).  You should also enter this information
into your DNS zone-file for your domain, which for the purpose of this
post I'm calling  You might want to use as
your FQDN.

You'll also need to arrange for a slave nameserver to act as a "slave",
answering authoritatively to queries for domain information for your
domain, and getting the information from your nameserver
(  You should ask if they'll do it at no
charge, or for a charge, or you can ask someone you know, who also has a
nameserver) if they'll do it for you, perhaps in exchange for you acting
as a slave for one or more of their domains as well.  Or you can find a
free or commercial entity to do it for you, by searching the fine web
<smile>.  You should then also add a zone record for the slave
nameserver into your zone file.  When you're finished you should have
these records in your zone file to support DNS:		IN	NS		IN A	IN A

Your SOA record should also list your master nameserver:	IN SOA (

and so forth for the rest of the SOA record.

Then ask to change the nameserver designation for you in the
.ca registry.

I don't think I've forgotten anything; if I have I'm sure someone will
jump in and correct me.

> Are there any good tutorials out there? THanks for any help...

Two come to mind; "DNS and Bind", published by O'Reilly, by Albitz and
Liu; it's up to the 4th edition now.  Also "Linux DNS Server
Administration" published by Sybex, by Hunt.

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