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DNS in Action

By : CP Books a.s.
Book Image

DNS in Action

By: CP Books a.s.

Overview of this book

The Domain Name System is one of the foundations of the internet. It is the system that allows the translation of human-readable domain names into machines-readable IP addresses and the reverse translation of IP addresses into domain names. This book describes the basic DNS protocol and its extensions; DNS delegation and registration, including for reverse domains; using DNS servers in networks that are not connected to the internet; and using DNS servers on firewall machines. Many detailed examples are used throughout the book to show perform various configuration and administration tasks.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
DNS in Action
About the Authors
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3.2 DNS Notify

The DNS Notify operation is described in RFC 1996. DNS Notify can inform the slave servers about data changes in the zone. If DNS Notify is used, a slave server can have actual zone data sooner than waiting for the expiration of the time interval in the refresh field, listed in the zone SOA record.

Communication between the master and slave servers concerning the zone is initiated, when using the DNS Notify operation, by the master server. The master server informs slave servers of any possible changes in zones; so if the zone is changed, the master tells slave servers "Ask me for the transfer." The slave server then requests the zone transfer immediately after receiving this notify message.

The DNS notify message will be received by all severs that are listed in the NS records for the given zone. The server indicated in the SOA record is not informed since it is presumed that it is this server that generates the messages. Some implementations enable master server administrators...