No authoritative and authoritative replies for the same zone.

Kevin Darcy kcd at
Mon Apr 24 23:20:48 UTC 2006

Olivier.Khazem at wrote:

>We use ISC Bind 9.2.3rc1 for Window NT/2000
>This is for use of a platform that have access to two type of networks:
>        - Internet;
>        - private world.
>We have a domain name for which we want
>some hosts to be 
>searched by ISC Bind as no authoritative replies
>(Internet replies)
>some other hosts to be
>searched by ISC Bind as authoritative replies
>(in order to get the private network area)
>How to do that?
Well, you can't configure BIND to disclaim authority for 
arbitrarily-defined records in an authoritative zone, and that would in 
any case violate the spirit, if not the exact wording of the DNS RFCs.

I don't think *authoritativeness* _per_se_ is really what you care about 
anyway. Very few things other than DNS servers/resolvers themselves care 
about the setting of the AA flag.

What I think you really meant to ask was how to allow internal clients 
to resolve names in a particular domain, where some of names in that 
domain resolve to internal addresses and some of them resolve to 
Internet-accessible addresses. The usual answer to that is to populate 
the internal version of your zone with all of the entries from the 
external version that would otherwise not be resolvable. The internal 
and external versions of the zone would need to be maintained in 
parallel. Of course, then that would not satisfy your _stated_ 
requirement that the "Internet replies" be given as non-authoritative, 
since *all* of the names under would then be given as 

The only way to meet your requirements as stated seems offhand to me to 
be to define all of the internal-only names beneath as 
separate zones in the internal DNS, e.g. could be 
defined as a zone in named.conf, with only SOA/NS/A records at its apex. 
That seems like an even bigger maintenance headache than maintaining the 
external entries in parallel. itself, if you're not already 
forwarding to the Internet by default, would then need to be defined as 
either "type forward" (pointing to recursors that can resolve names from 
the external version of by following the delegation chain 
down from the root) or "type stub" (pointing directly to authoritative 
nameservers for the external version of

                                                      - Kevin

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