BIND Name Server Administration

March Meeting: BIND Name Server Administration

Date: March 4, 2008 at 7 p.m.
Location: Algonquin College (Woodroffe Campus), room T117

BIND Name Server Administration

Speaker: Jean-Francois Messier
  • What DNS is, and is NOT
  • What WHOIS is, and is not
  • IP address allocation, and domain ownership (briefly)
  • What BIND is (with sample/dummy configuration files)
    • The type of records (A, NS, MX, PTR, TXT as well as TTL)
    • Config files
    • A little bit about dynamic DNS and DHCP
    • Shared secret for update exchange
  • Free domain names and hosting (DynDNS, FreeDNS, etc)
  • Implementing a cache DNS at home to speed up internet lookups.

About the Speaker

I work in IT Security in the Federal Government. I've been heavily involved in firewall management, DNS maintenance and upgrade for Canadian Goverment-owned domains. I have been managing BIND-based DNS servers since 1998. I'm doing less right now, although I now manage my own domain using a web interface, which I will demonstrate. I was also involved in PKI since 1998, and cryptography. I'm rather limited in the level of details I can disclose, of course, by the nature of security.

I'm using Linux for several years now, mostly Ubuntu. I'm a big fan of Linux, although I'm not an expert.

Finding the Meeting Location,+Canada

Algonquin College is close to the corner of Woodroffe and Baseline and right across from the Baseline transitway station. Room T117 is in Building T. Free parking is available in lots 8, 9 and 12 after 5pm.

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