12.7. Additional Resources
The following sources of information will provide additional resources
12.7.1. Installed Documentation
BIND features a full-range of installed documentation covering
many different topics, each placed in its own subject directory:
— Contains a README file with a
list of the most recent features.
— Contains HTML and SGML of the BIND 9
Administrator Reference Manual, which details BIND
resource requirements, how to configure different types of
nameservers, perform load balancing, and other advanced
topics. For most new users of BIND, this is the best place to
— Contains assorted technical documents that reviews
issues related to DNS service and some methods proposed to
— Contains documents designed to address specific
advanced issues. Users of BIND version 8 should consult the
migration document for specific changes
they must make when moving to BIND 9. The
options file lists all of the options
implemented in BIND 9 that are used in
— Every RFC document related to BIND is in this
man named — Explores assorted arguments
that can be used to control the BIND nameserver daemon.
man named.conf — A comprehensive list
of options available within the named
man rndc — Explains the different options
available when using the rndc command to
control a BIND nameserver.
man rndc.conf — A comprehensive list
of options available within the rndc
12.7.3. Related Books
DNS and BIND by Paul Albitz and Cricket
Liu; O'Reilly & Associates — A popular reference that
explains both common and esoteric BIND configuration options, as
well as providing strategies to secure your DNS server.
The Concise Guide to DNS and BIND by
Nicolai Langfeldt; Que — Looks at the connection between
multiple network services and BIND, with an emphasis on
task-oriented, technical topics.