The BIND DNS Configuration File

The BIND DNS service is referred to as named as in name daemon. When named runs on a server, it initializes the service using information in a configuration file called named.conf. The named.conf file contains information that the named service requires to properly respond to queries, interact with other servers, and perform all DNS server functions. As we'll see, named provides a wide variety of configuration parameters to configure and tune the service to operate in nearly any IP network. We'll discuss this configuration in terms of how it maps to major configuration constructs within the named.conf file.