CNAME only zone?

Lightner, Jeff JLightner at
Fri Dec 9 16:55:07 UTC 2011

I don't know what you mean by that.  Apex of what exactly - my zone file?

I can make a zone file that simply has a CNAME in it with no SOA, serial number etc...?

As noted I do not own the target zone so I can't update any records there.

Can you tell me exactly what the zone file should look like with the CNAME record at the "apex"?

-----Original Message-----
From: at [ at] On Behalf Of Phil Mayers
Sent: Friday, December 09, 2011 11:41 AM
To: bind-users at
Subject: Re: CNAME only zone?

On 09/12/11 16:25, Lightner, Jeff wrote:
> Is it possible to create a zone file that only contains a CNAME?

This comes up a lot, it seems.

No. CNAME conflicts with any other record - including the SOA and NS
records required at the apex.

You will have to put an A record at the apex.
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