Running an undelegated zone

Kevin Darcy kcd at
Wed Oct 27 22:12:02 UTC 2004

Robert Moskowitz wrote:

>For testing purposes, I want to run a zone that is not delegated to me 
>(Actually an zone).
>I have it working on BIND 9, but doing what seems like the equivalent thing 
>on BIND 8 does not work.
An undelegated zone should work, as long as the client is only sending 
queries to authoritative servers.

When you say "does not work", exactly what results are you getting? 
NXDOMAIN? Empty answers? SERVFAIL?

>A caveat is the BIND 9 system is not connected to the Internet, so it's 
>cache is basically empty.
Well, I don't know if it's related to your undelegated-zone problem, but 
all BIND instances need some form of root zone. If they aren't connected 
to the Internet, they'll need to either be authoritative for an internal 
root zone, or have a "hints" file with internal-root-zone nameserver 
information in it.

- Kevin

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