intelligent selection of forwarders?

Chan Wilson cwilson at
Thu Aug 15 21:39:38 UTC 2002

Jim Reid <jim at> inscribed onto the electric medium...
> Er, I might be asking the obvious question but why would you *ever*
> configure a name server to forward queries to an unreliable target?
> Wouldn't it be a lot simpler to just get rid of forwarding altogether
> and have your name server find out the good and bad name servers for
> itself by following NS records?

In a firewalled environment with split DNS, there is little recourse beyond
using forwarders to provide the proper path for resolution.  The per-zone 
forwarding that bind9 offers is a great improvement in forwarders, but it 
does have its drawbacks.


 Chan Wilson :: cwilson at :: 650/933-9515 :: SGI Enterprise Net Services

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