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How to Set Up DNS Lookup in Linux

Q. How do I setup DNS Lookup under any Linux distribution ?
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Q. How do I check my domain zone file for error and validity the same under BIND DNS Server version 9?

A. You need to use named- checkzone command as zone file validity checking tool. It is useful for checking zone files before configuring them into a name server.

named-checkzone command syntax

named-checkzone {zonename} {filename}

  • zonename : The domain name of the zone being checked.
  • filename : The name of the zone file.

How do I check my zone file configuration for errors?

Use named-checkzone to check the zone files as follows:
named-checkzone nixcraft.com /var/named/zone.nixcraft.com


If you see "OK" as result, the zone file is properly configured and you can restart bind name server.

How To Find Out What My DNS Servers Address Is

How do I find out my DNS server addresses under Linux, UNIX, Apple OS X, MS-Windows operating system? What is my dns server IP address under MS-Windows operating systems? Can you specify a list of public DNS server for personal use or game consoles?
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