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  • From: "Alex M (Coyo)" <coyo AT>
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  • Subject: Re: [opennic-discuss] Alternatives to BIND?
  • Date: Wed, 10 Apr 2013 21:08:57 -0500

why couldnt i use the automated zone scripting method as illustrated here:

pdns indiciates they can read bind9 zone configurations specifically for cases where a script or other automated process outputs bind9 zone configurations for things such as automated subdomain generation.

for an example of this, see

where "coyotama" is an automatically-generated subdomain pointing to my user profile.

On 04/10/2013 05:05 PM, webmaster AT wrote:
Exactly correct.

If you want to run a T2 on bind, you just set your server up to slave the opennic root zone. You can't do that on pdns. So you have to use the hint method, which essentially just tells your pdns recursor to use the opennic root servers.

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From: Mauricio Pasquier Juan <mauricio AT>
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Date: Wed, 10 Apr 2013 18:24:39 
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Subject: Re: [opennic-discuss] Alternatives to BIND?

On Wed, Apr 10, 2013 at 04:23:07PM -0500, Alex M (Coyo) wrote:
Hint method? If you would be so kind, I would really appreciate it if
someone would let me know what I'm supposed to duck/google to learn
more about this hint method. thank you in advance.
it's one of the different methods of setting up a DNS server:

On 04/10/2013 04:00 PM, webmaster AT wrote:
We use it over at blockaid. Very robust. I've been recommending it
for a while, but I always get shot down. :p

You would be using the hint method if you went with it.

*From: * "Alex M (Coyo)" <coyo AT>
What do you guys think about PowerDNS?

Seems like a decent resolver.

On 04/10/2013 02:48 PM, Alex M (Coyo) wrote:
speaking of bind and the unreasonable demands for ram it really
shouldn't need, does anyone here have some suggestions on
alternatives to bind?

what other authoritative and resolving nameserver daemons would
be suggested if one wanted to avoid using bind?

the usecase i have in mind are very large scale deployments
(hundreds of thousands of users) such as that seen in large
broadband carrier networks.

i'm thinking more in terms of load balanced server clusters
behind a pair of static ip addresses assigned by dhcp, dual
stack. the servers must support ipv6, and ideally would be
amenable to load balancing.



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