Database backed DNS Management Solutions

fiberOptiC fiberoptic at
Wed Feb 4 07:19:17 UTC 2009

I use a PowerDNS setup with mysql backend.  It works really well for our 5
dns server setup.  Things to watch out for are replication breaks in the
mysql database.

On Tue, Feb 3, 2009 at 9:19 PM, Israel Lopez - Lists <
ilopezlists at> wrote:

> At the last place I worked at we had an installation of NicTool v1.2.  We
> pushed out DNS updates for our hosting company over 4 servers, two local and
> two off-site.  It was very nice to work with, but I havent used it in the
> 2.x iteration.
> - Give it a look-over.  Supports BIND, TinyDNS,
> and PowerDNS.
> -Israel
> Ross Dmochowski wrote:
>> Dear NANOG:
>> I hope I can solicit some feedback from this venerable group. :-)
>> Currently, my group operates 16 BIND servers across 5 datacenters,
>> handling internal and external namespace duties. These servers are
>> responsible for both internal and external forward and reverse
>> name and IP spaces.
>> There are also a number of Windows AD servers that hold their own
>> namespaces,
>> that the BIND servers slave from this info from, so names resolve between
>> these domains. Windows AD forwards queries for internal zones it does not
>> own
>> to the appropriate namespace holder.
>> So Windows DNS server interoperability is a business requirement.
>> Some of these zones are dynamic, some are static. None of the dynamic
>> zones are populated via DHCP, but by self-registration.
>> We have heretofore used some in-house scripts for managing this, but
>> obviously, the thought of keeping and managing this data in something
>> other than its current form has caught on in our minds, and so therefore
>> we are looking at a proposal put forth, to replace all of our BIND servers
>> with a PowerDNS infrastructure.
>> BIND has been the backbone of the Internet, and so many of us are wary of
>> replacing BIND, when in essence, BIND itself is not the issue, nor is it
>> broken.
>> Has anyone done any in house comparance of PowerDNS versus BIND-DLZ?
>> Googling has led to some useful info but no useful side by side
>> comparances that are not obviously partisan.
>> I favor something like ProBIND2, that keeps the data in the DB, but does
>> not
>> tie the serving of the data, etc to anything other than BIND.
>> Any success/horror stories from implementing BIND management solutions is
>> very welcome.
>> If anyone has any success/horror stories about PowerDNS, BIND-DLZ, or a
>> system like ProBind2 or NetDB (from Stanford) to manage BIND and its
>> configurations
>> in a DB, I would be very interested in hearing them. :-)
>> Thank you.
>> Best Regards,
>> Ross S. Dmochowski
>> Sr. Linux Administrator
>> IGN/Gamespy/Fox Interactive Media
>> ross at

More information about the NANOG mailing list