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Tutorial: Advanced topics in DNS Administration

Tutor: Jim Reid
When: Wednesday 18th May 2005, 09:15 - 17:30
Where: Manchester Conference Centre
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Bookings must be received by the UKUUG Secretariat by midnight of Wednesday 11th May. Please note that places are limited and early booking is recommended.

UKUUG Members £275+VAT
Non-members £400+VAT

The above costs include a full-day tutorial, refreshments, lunch and a set of tutorial notes. We are offering a discount of £50 to members from academic institutions.

Tutorial Overview

The tutorial will run from 0945 until 1730 on Wednesday 18th May. Registration opens at 0915, with tea and coffee available from 0915 to 0945.

Topics covered in the tutorial include:

  • The BIND9 logging subsystem
    • Getting the most from the name server's logs
  • Managing the name server with rndc
  • Configuring split DNS: internal and external versions of a domain
    • Using the views mechanism of BIND9 to implement split DNS
  • Setting up an internal root server
  • Securing the name server
    • Running in chroot()
    • Using access control lists
    • Preventing unwanted access
  • Dynamic DNS (DDNS)
    • Dynamic updates with nsupdate
    • DDNS and Active Directory
  • DNS Considerations for IPv6
  • Secure DNS (DNSSEC)
    • Using Transaction Signatures (TSIG)
    • Using SIG(0)
    • How to sign zones with dnssec-keygen and dnssec-signzone

Who should attend?

DNS administrators who wish to extend their understanding of how to configure and manage name servers running BIND9. Attendees should have some experience of running a BIND8 or BIND9 name server and be familiar with DNS jargon for resource records, as well as the syntax of zone files and named.conf. This tutorial will answer the question, "I've set up master (primary) and slave (secondary) name servers. What else can I do with the name server?"

About the tutor

Picture of Jim Reid Jim Reid started using a PDP11/45 running V7 UNIX over 20 years ago and has been working with UNIX systems ever since. He worked for three years at Origin on behalf of Philips Electronics, where he wrote a DNS management system and designed, built, and ran the DNS infrastructure for the corporate network, one of the biggest in the world. He has over a decade's experience in writing and teaching training courses ranging from kernel internals, through system administration and network security, to DNS administration. He's a frequent speaker and tutorial presenter at conferences and workshops in Europe and the USA. He chairs the DNS Working Group at RIPE and is active in ENUM, serving as Chair and Technical Manager of the UK ENUM Trial Group.


The tutorial will be held at Manchester Conference Centre, only 300 metres from Piccadilly railway station:

	Weston Room 2
	Weston Building
	Manchester Conference Centre
	Sackville Street
	M1 3BB


See for travel information.


Bed and Breakfast accommodation is available at the Days Hotel, part of the Manchester Conference Centre. This costs £73.95 per night, inclusive of VAT and full English breakfast. Note that UKUUG is not handling B&B bookings; please book direct with the venue on 0161 955 8062.

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