BIND 9.8.2: forward zone not working

Gerry Reno greno at
Tue Mar 19 00:27:14 UTC 2013

Using BIND 9.8.2

When you setup Samba 4 AD DC using BIND9_DLZ and your domain has external servers (eg: www,mail) at external providers
this means that the ISP and the internal network nameservers will both have SOA record for the domain.

/etc/resolv.conf looks like this:


/etc/named.conf contains:

    forwarders  { isp_nameservers; };
    recursion   yes;

What is the preferred way to forward DNS requests to the ISP nameservers in order to resolve the domain's external
servers without using BIND views?

I tried using a forward zone but it does not work in 9.8.2.

    zone "" {
        type forward;
        forward only;
        forwarders  { isp_nameservers; };

Everything resolves fine both our domain and other external domains with the exception of our domain's external server's

What do we need to get this forward zone working?


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