Building bind with GEO backend on Windows for Server 2008

Jeff Lightner jlightner at
Thu Aug 6 12:03:05 UTC 2009

You want to keep the costs low but are using a paid OS (Windows) over a
free one (CentOS/Linux)?


If the PC runs Windows chances are it will run CentOS or some other
Linux distro.  There is no cost as you simply reload the system with the
new OS.


BIND is ported to Windows if you must go that route.


Also there may be a port of BIND for Cygwin which would allow you to run
BIND in a Linux type of environment under Windows.



From: bind-users-bounces at
[mailto:bind-users-bounces at] On Behalf Of Todd Nine
Sent: Thursday, August 06, 2009 1:20 AM
To: bind-users at
Subject: Building bind with GEO backend on Windows for Server 2008


Hi all,


            I'm charged with building a geographically distributed
application, and I'm having a lot of trouble finding a good DNS server
we can use with Windows.  Historically I've always run our applications
on Cent OS, but for this project we're using Windows as it's the
existing infrastructure and we want to keep our costs low for our DNS
servers.  We have some basic requirements below, and I could use some
guidance from the developer list on how to best proceed.


1.	Stability
2.	Return IP's for a DNS lookup to a user based on their location
(Geo IP backend)
3.	Nodes actively communicate with DNS server to announce they're
4.	DNS server removes a stale node's IP records if a node crashes
5.	Only serves as a leaf DNS server, does not perform recursion.
6.	Authoritative for subdomains such as

I would like to use the latest 9.6.1-P1 release with this patched code  Rather than a MySQL backend we'd like
to build something that can either use ODBC, or MsSQL as that's the
database we need to use.  We're aiming for building a system similar to, so any help and advice.  I've
built and maintained many basic BIND installations over the years, but
this one is outside my experience so any help/advice/guidance regarding
windows gotchas before I encounter them would be greatly appreciated





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