User wanting to use a .local domain to host DNS

Sten Carlsen stenc at
Thu Nov 15 15:09:19 UTC 2012

On 15/11/12 15:39, Carsten Strotmann wrote:
> Phil Mayers <p.mayers at> writes:
>> On 14/11/12 15:02, King, Harold Clyde (Hal) wrote:
>>> I'm a bit confused by a user request. I think he is trying to keep some
>>> hosts on the private side of DNS, but he wants to use a DNS name like
>>> host.sub.local. I do not know of the use of the .local TLD except in
>>> bonjure. Can anyone shed some light on the use of the .local TLD?
>> Pick a private sub-domain of a *real* domain that *you* own e.g. if
>> you are "", pick:
> From my experience I recommend the solution Phil is describing. While
> using a private top level domain is technical possible, I have seen too
> many DNS admins that do not understand the implications and end up with
> a system that is a burden for the local network and as well a burden for
> the root-server system in the Internet.
> A private subdomain of a delegated DNS domain owned by the company
> (organization, individual) is much more save, and simpler to setup, and
> serves the same purpose. 
I will certainly agree, my story about changing .local to .home to make
things work again has a continuation that I eventually use the same
domain inside the nat and outside, with a split DNS. It gives a bit more
work for DNS administration but makes life very easy for clients, they
see no difference because the names are the same but resolve to
different IPs. I believe the load on the roots is not influenced by this.

If having different internal and external domains gives problems this is
a possibility, if the purpose is to isolate internal vs. external hosts,
use different subdomains.

Just my 0.02$
> -- Carsten
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Best regards

Sten Carlsen

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