Introductory DNS Books

John Miller johnmill at
Wed Aug 29 15:14:37 UTC 2018

On Wed, Aug 29, 2018 at 10:59 AM, Grant Taylor via bind-users
<bind-users at> wrote:
> On 08/29/2018 04:05 AM, John Miller wrote:
>> Does anyone know of a good intro-level book that explains how DNS works
>> and gives an current overview of the different DNS servers out there?
> I'll argue that the basics have not changed.

I agree - the basics haven't changed: an A record is still an A
record; iterative queries are still iterative queries; etc.  But so
much has changed in the DNS world these days with all the different
cloud DNS providers, advances in RPZ, DNSSEC, etc. that a fresh
perspective wouldn't hurt anyone.  I realize I'm asking this of the
bind-users list, so answers will be somewhat BIND-specific, but folks
here are knowledgeable about DNS in general as well.

> Get a good foundation of the basics and then add new deltas / refinements on
> top of that.
> I see no reason not to start with DNS & BIND or Jan-Piet Mens' book.
> I've never looked at Pro DNS and BIND [1], but I frequently see it show up
> when I'm researching things.  Usually from zytrax's site [2].
> [1]
> [2]

Hmm... I've got the paper copy of this book, but the website covers
newer material.  I'll definitely advise folks to have a look there.


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