If you are using Red Hat Enterprise Server the use webmin to setup your
DNS Server.


Install this rpm and login. Once you login go to servers then DNS Bind.

It will have 3 options. (cache DNS server, etc)

Choose the one best for you.

This will then let you setup zones for your domain.

Always make sure you have a backup.

It does a good job of jailing the DNS service.

Keith Todd
Rampant, Inc
Main 216-524-5577
Fax 216-524-9226
Cell 216-374-8174

-----Original Message-----
From: bind-users-bounce@isc.org [mailto:bind-users-bounce@isc.org] On
Behalf Of Bob Hoffman
Sent: Tuesday, March 25, 2008 2:37 PM
To: 'Mike Ragusa'
Cc: bind-users@isc.org
Subject: RE: Need help with DNS

running linux, cnetos 5.1 (redhat enterprise).
I think I have read everything under the sun. I bought the remaining '1
stock' of almost every book on bind on amazon.com. The only remaining
one is
pro bind/dns and that is coming tomorrow.

I am pretty sure it is down to just the named.conf, a zone file or DB
is confusion among the books), may or may not have to deal with resolve
hosts files, and there is the recursvie,/non-recursive.iter/cach-nocache
thing going on.

The problem lies, as I am finding with most linux things, the
available is usually for business class servers and networks, not just
simple old webservers.

Add to it that the majority of webserver owners are using managed
you have very little online for the specific webserver master.

Willing to pay pronto for walk through...anyone please...
Making it work is probably possible for me as I pod along, but 'making
work' is not the smae as 'making it work and be secure and correct'.


From: Mike Ragusa [mailto:mragusa@gmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, March 25, 2008 2:30 PM
To: Bob Hoffman
Cc: bind-users@isc.org
Subject: Re: Need help with DNS

What operating systems are you currently trying to run bind on?

Have you googled for a basic BIND howto such as

On Tue, Mar 25, 2008 at 2:20 PM, Bob Hoffman wrote:

Hi, willing to pay for help.

I have read book after book and still cannot figure where to start or
exactly what to do.
Most books are for networks and this is driving me crazy.
I cannot find anyone to hire to help me.


I have built a webserver and am testing it at home. It will be colocated
the future, but at the moment, no sites are pointing at it. It is a
standalone webserver and nothing will be linked to it (except the

I would like it to have its own nameserver for the 3 or four sites I am
putting on it.

At home, in testing, I would like the nameserver set up and working for
resolve issues of virtual host and the like.

For the colo, I believe only a few settings would have to be changed to
from the home to the colo (such as ip addresses and the like)

50 an hour. Doubt this should take more than 3 hours. The extra time in
three hours can be spent going over a few security issues regarding DNS.

This is just a standalone server. I have a lot of books on this, but
seems to deal with just a basic nameserver and the actual files you need
adjust. Each book talks about everything all at once and many are
contradicting each other.

Just shoot me please.