Case For Microsoft DNS v. BIND 9 - Or Best Practices For Coexisting

wiskbroom at wiskbroom at
Fri Feb 6 15:09:04 UTC 2009

Thanks for the reply.  My DMZ, or external lookups, are all performed via one of six BIND-9 servers.

The product that we use is based on BIND-8, though they've recently come out with a BIND-9 version.

If I "split" my lookups and have internal lookups pointed at the MS DNS servers, and non-authoritative lookups to my external servers (running BIND-9), then shouldn't this address the issues you spoke of?

How are you able to allow for the windoze boxes to automatically add entries? In other words, a strong case they made is that they must presently maintain two databases, AD *and* DNS.  With MS DNS, they say, this is not the case whereby when you add an entry or join a host, that entry is automatically added in DNS.  

In there a way to do this in BIND?

Thanks again,


> Subject: RE: Case For Microsoft DNS v. BIND 9 - Or Best Practices For Coexisting
> Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2009 09:49:42 -0500
> From: jlightner at
> To: wiskbroom at; bind-users at
> I don't see why it is either/or.
> Here we have Windoze DNS servers for internal lookups and Linux/BIND 9
> DNS servers for external lookups. The internal servers refer all
> queries they aren't authoritative for to the external ones which in turn
> refer all queries for domains we don't own to the root servers.
> The only "gotcha" is that we have some domains that we want to present
> different IPs for internally (10.x.x.x) or externally (12.x.x.x). On
> the Windoze DNS servers they have our primary domain with those internal
> addresses and on the BIND DNS servers we have those external addresses.
> Of course you could do it all with just BIND servers running views but
> this is the way I inherited the BIND servers here.
> We don't seem to have the headaches your Windoze team is moaning about.
> Hopefully you are running redundant (master/slave) BIND servers?
> Also I'd suggest upgrading to BIND 9 once you've got all the rest of
> this quieted down.
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> wiskbroom at
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> Subject: Case For Microsoft DNS v. BIND 9 - Or Best Practices For
> Coexisting
> Hello;
> My site is presently using a product derived from BIND-8 for internal
> DNS only.
> For years our Windows team has been arguing that they want to be
> non-dependent on the non-MS DNS servers; which they say causes them much
> grief on firmwide shutdown/bootups.
> Well, their concerns have fallen on ears of those who can make that
> decision and it now appears as though we must either come up with good
> reasons why we should retain BIND, or a BIND derived product, or simply
> a plan to allow MSDNS and BIND to coexist at all.
> Can anyone provide me, or point me at, any good docs on this subject, I
> am certain that their a tons of stuff out there, I need simple, to the
> point type of stuff.
> Also, can anyone think of any good reason why our internal, non-public
> accessible network, should not just be allowed to run either a mixed
> BIND/MS-DNs setup? The slave/cache/whatever-but not master, would have
> to be BIND.
> The case the windows team made was ease of adding entries, you simply
> add into the MMC, or even easier, when you join a host into a domain, it
> adds itself.
> Thanks all,
> .vp
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