[CentOS] CentOS 6 system-config-bind missing?

Warren Young warren at etr-usa.com
Wed Jul 13 20:25:28 UTC 2011

On 7/12/2011 9:19 PM, Emmett Culley wrote:
> how
> are we to manage the DNS server?  It is NOT trivial to create and
> manage DNS records with a text editor.

If editing BIND zone files is too complex for you or it's just overly 
complex for your situation, I recommend switching to dnsmasq.  It 
combines DNS and DHCP in a single easy-to-configure daemon.  Instead of 
zone files, it uses /etc/hosts.

In addition to being simpler to configure than either BIND or ISC dhcpd, 
the fact that it combines DNS and DHCP in the same server means "ping 
mylaptop" does what you expect.  That is to say, there's an automatic 
DNS association created when a client gets a DHCP lease, based on the 
name the client uses to identify itself.

You can configure ISC dhcpd to make it tell BIND the name-to-IP mapping 
for each lease it hands out, but you don't get that for free:


It's a fine article, but compared to "it works out of the box", it's 
really no contest, for the humble small office or home user.

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