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 PostPost subject: [TUT] DNS Server Tutorial for Windows        Posted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 3:09 pm 
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Hello all,

I have just finished making my DNS Server for Windows tutorial on AbyssUnderground. I have only just started to run my own DNS server so I thought while the information is fresh in my mind I should make the tutorial for everyone to try.

Its available at http://abyssunderground.co.uk/installing-dnsserver.php

However I must warn you its not easy!

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Great Tutorial Andy! :D

I'd follow it myself and move my DNS to my server if it wasn't for certain factors 8-)

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It is a bad idea to only have ONE real DNS server.
Using multiple (3+) DNS server in different location made your domain more resistant.

I've setup my domain like this:
whois wrote:
nserver: ns0.xname.org
nserver: ns1.everydns.net
nserver: ns1.xname.org
nserver: ns6.gandi.net


dig byme.at IN NS wrote:
byme.at. 86400 IN NS ns4.everydns.net.
byme.at. 86400 IN NS ns6.gandi.net.
byme.at. 86400 IN NS ns0.xname.org.
byme.at. 86400 IN NS ns1.xname.org.
byme.at. 86400 IN NS ns1.everydns.net.
byme.at. 86400 IN NS ns2.everydns.net.
byme.at. 86400 IN NS ns3.everydns.net.


So when xname.org go down, my domain is still resolvable.


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 4:58 pm 
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thenico wrote:
It is a bad idea to only have ONE real DNS server.
Using multiple (3+) DNS server in different location made your domain more resistant.

I've setup my domain like this:
whois wrote:
nserver: ns0.xname.org
nserver: ns1.everydns.net
nserver: ns1.xname.org
nserver: ns6.gandi.net


dig byme.at IN NS wrote:
byme.at. 86400 IN NS ns4.everydns.net.
byme.at. 86400 IN NS ns6.gandi.net.
byme.at. 86400 IN NS ns0.xname.org.
byme.at. 86400 IN NS ns1.xname.org.
byme.at. 86400 IN NS ns1.everydns.net.
byme.at. 86400 IN NS ns2.everydns.net.
byme.at. 86400 IN NS ns3.everydns.net.


So when xname.org go down, my domain is still resolvable.


Of course, I agree. Unfortunately for some people this isn't an option. If you host everything on one server then it doesn't matter. If your server is down your domain becomes pretty useless until your server is back up :)

If I had a static IP at home I would have a third DNS server but my IP is only 'sticky' meaning although I keep it a long time, it can still change without warning.

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Sticky address leasing is stupid, I never could figure out why the ISPs do it. What home user cares if their IP address stays the same or not between power outages. Plus, it's not really reliable enough to run a server on because it could change at any time. Dynamic DNS is really the only good solution that I know of to that problem.

Also, there are a few free and open-sourece DNS servers you can run on XP.

Just out of curiosity, who is your original DNS provider that you decided a DNS server in your home would be more reliable?


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QuiescentWonder wrote:
Sticky address leasing is stupid, I never could figure out why the ISPs do it. What home user cares if their IP address stays the same or not between power outages. Plus, it's not really reliable enough to run a server on because it could change at any time. Dynamic DNS is really the only good solution that I know of to that problem.

Also, there are a few free and open-sourece DNS servers you can run on XP.

Just out of curiosity, who is your original DNS provider that you decided a DNS server in your home would be more reliable?


A dynamic dns solution will not work for hosting your own dns. It MUST be a static IP.

My current providor is Lycos, and I am not hosting my DNS server at home. I don't know what gave you that idea.

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If you want a DNS server for any OS, including Windows, PowerDNS is a really good choice. The advantage it has to most other DNS servers, including named (BIND) and Windows DNS, is that it can accept and propagate updates in real time, without having to restart the daemon. It's also easier to script.

However, PowerDNS doesn't provide binaries for win32, although I believe there's a few unoffical builds floating around.


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