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BIND DNS Administration Training

  July 2005 -- Class to be announced
  8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  Bothell, Washington

Contact us for details or if you need a custom or on-site class.

Course Summary

The hands-on BIND server administration class covers beginning DNS (Domain Name System) administration. This class will cover the basics of configuring the BIND named software for providing domain name services. The training also covers basic DNS concepts, common types of resource records, domain name registration, root zones, DNS zones, and setting up backup DNS (secondary or slave servers). The workshop will also teach about reverse lookups (in-addr.arpa) and DNS troubleshooting techniques.

According to Nominum, the BIND (Berkeley Internet Name Daemon) software handles around 85-percent of the internet's DNS requests. The free and open source software is available for various Unix operating systems.

This class is designed for students who are beginning with open source Unix administration. Some Unix, BSD, or Linux experience is needed.

This class will be taught using open source Unix operating systems, but many of the skills will also be applicable to maintaining and troubleshooting DNS under other operating systems.

Topics covered:

  • basic DNS concepts
  • using dig, host and nslookup
  • looking up and configuring common types of resource records
  • domain name registration
  • root zones
  • DNS zones
  • BIND 9 installation from source code
  • BIND installation from pre-built packages
  • common named configurations
  • key differences between BIND 4, BIND 8 and BIND 9
  • enable caching-only name server
  • beginning DNS (Domain Name System) administration
  • setting up authoritative primary (master) zones
  • setting up backup DNS (secondary or slave servers)
  • in-addr.arpa zones (and reverse lookups)
  • using rndc
  • delegating zones to other DNS servers
  • DNS troubleshooting techniques
  • understanding named logging
  • common BIND error messages

Course Features:

  • Small classes with one-on-one interaction.
  • Hands-on training, one system per student.
  • Certificate of course completion.
  • Handouts and course materials.


US$300.00 for one day of hands-on training including course materials.

10-percent discount for paid registration by June 25, 2005. Group rates also available.

Also register for another class at the same time and save an additional 5-percent.


Class sizes are kept small, so seating is limited. Please email or call us to pre-register.

For more information and to register for this class, contact us today.

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