4 DNS servers, 1 BIND9 slave, 2 BIND8.4 slaves, 1 BIND8 master

Ian Savoy isavoy at ewebforce.net
Mon May 14 17:05:36 UTC 2007

The issue i am having is regarding zone transfers between my bind9 slave 
and my bind8 master.  It appears that i have to manually add the zone in 
named.conf on my slave before the rndc utility will update the domain 
after it's created on the master.  My normal procedure was as follows 
before the upgrade:

   1. add zone to named.conf on master
   2. create zone file for domain being added
   3. run 'rndc reload domain.com' on the master
   4. run 'rndc reload domain.com' on the slave

These steps would normally result in updating the zones on the slave as 
well, WITHOUT having to manually add a line in named.conf, however now i 
have to do the following:

   1. add zone to named.conf on master
   2. create zone file on master
   3. run rndc reconfig on master
   4. add zone to named.conf on bind9 slave
   5. run rndc reload on slave


   1. Would i have this problem if i upgraded my master to BIND9?
   2. Is there a workaround, or another way of doing this.

This problem started after a migration, however it was a very smooth 
migration, and there are no configuration differences on the servers, 
i.e. the settings on the old bind8 slave are the same on the bind9 slave 
that replaced it - thus, this is not a misconfiguration as far as i can 

Thanks in advance,


Ian Savoy
Webforce Systems, Inc
Operations Support/UNIX Engineer
CompTIA A+ Certified Professional
Tech. Support: 614-899-9257 x22
Website: http://www.ewebforce.net

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