NordU2002 - The 4th NordU/USENIX Conference
February 18-22, 2002 in Helsinki, Finland



Upgrading from BIND8 to BIND9

The Instructor: Jim Reid

Who should attend:

This half-day course is designed for domain administrators currently running a version of BIND 8 on their systems who wish to upgrade to the most recent version of BIND. The architecture model for BIND 9 is quite different from that of BIND 8. This course will explqain the differences between the two versions. Features that are new to BIND 8 will be high-lighted, and explanations provided regarding how best to take advantage of them.

Attendees should already have a basic understanding of the Internet and Unix operating systems, and be comfortable with editing files and installing software on their systems. It is expected that attendees can create zone files for domains and subdomains and the domain, create BIND 8 configuration files with zone and option statements, set up resolvers, handle common tasks and problems with name servers, and use various tools for name server management and troubleshooting.

Course outline:

  • Overview
  • New protocol features
  • IPv6
  • Secure DNS - DNSSEC
  • Migration from BIND 8 to BIND 9
  • Changed configuration syntax
  • Added/deleted keywords
  • Syntax gotchas
  • New IPv6 Protocol
  • A6 chains
  • Reverse lookups
  • New DNSSEC Protocol
  • Securing zones
  • Trusted keys
  • Authentication of data
  • Summary



    Jim Reid, Nominum, Inc., started using a PDP11/45 running V7 Unix 21 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 to system administration and network security to DNS administration. He's a frequent speaker at conferences and workshops in Europe and the US. His book on DNS Administration with BIND9 will be published in late 2001 or early 2002.