Secondary DNS config

Peter Marshall peter.marshall at
Wed Jan 19 20:07:30 UTC 2005

options {
        directory "/etc/named";
        query-source address port 53;
        listen-on {
        notify yes;
        forward only;
        forwarders {
        allow-query { our-nets; };
        allow-recursion { our-nets; };
        allow-transfer { our-nets; };
        allow-update-forwarding { our-nets; };
        allow-notify { our-nets; };

-----Original Message-----
From: G. Roderick Singleton [mailto:gerry at]
Sent: Wednesday, January 19, 2005 3:44 PM
To: Peter
Cc: comp-protocols-dns-bind at
Subject: Re: Secondary DNS config

On Wed, 2005-01-19 at 07:10 -0800, Peter wrote:
> I have 2 DNS servers .. (well, actually, I have a primary that works,
> and a RH9 box that has DNS configuration files that do not do anything
> .... but that is just getting technical).
> Anyway, I was trying to set up a slave DNS, however, it is not doing
> it's job.  If I make a change on the master, it never makes it to the
> slave.  I did not really know what I was doing, although I did read a
> lot.  Both the primary and the secondary are rh9 boxes running bind
> (no I do not know what version).
> Basically, All I did to configure the slave, is copy all of forwared
> and reverse lookup files in the /etc/named directory as well as the
> named.conf file from the master to the slave.  I then changed (in all
> locations of the named.conf file on the slave) all lines that said
> "type master" to "type slave" and then added a line to each zone that
> was a slave "masters { a.b.c.d; }; ".  I then restarted bind on both
> the primary and slave.
> Does anyone know why my server is not working properly ?
> I also had one other question, If the primary DNS goes down, should
> the slave continue to serve the requests ?
> Thanks,
> Peter

What options do you have in your master named.conf for managing your
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