BIND Configuration File Guide - Contents


Overview

BIND 8 is much more configurable than previous releases of BIND. There are entirely new areas of configuration, such as access control lists and categorized logging. Many options that previously applied to all zones can now be used selectively. These features, plus a consideration of future configuration needs led to the creation of a new configuration file format.

The Configuration File

Example Configuration

Statements

A BIND 8 configuration consists of statements and comments. Statements end with a semicolon. Many statements contain a block of substatements, which are also terminated with a semicolon.

The following statements are supported:

acl
defines a named IP address matching list, for access control and other uses
include
includes a file
key
specifies key information for use in authentication and authorization
logging
specifies what the server logs, and where the log messages are sent
options
controls global server configuration options and sets defaults for other statements
server
sets certain configuration options on a per-server basis
zone
defines a zone

The logging and options statements may only occur once per configuration.

Comments

Converting from BIND 4.9.x

If you are performing an update installation from Tru64 UNIX Version 4.x to Version 5.0 or higher, your BIND Version 4.9.x configuration files are automatically converted to the new format.

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