DNS master x slave

DNS definitions

“Master/slave is a private relationship between the servers; neither the
registrar nor the public know which IP is in the slave’s configuration
file, or even that it is a slave. A slave’s “master” may in fact be
slave to another master.”

These unfortunate terms were used for master/slave in earlier versions
of BIND. However, some people think the primary is the first nameserver
IP listed at the registrar, and any others others are secondary. In
fact, all the nameserver IPs are equal and “authoritative”; the first
one does not have a special status.


… In my case, my computer is the real master and my friend runs two
secondaries. However, the registrar lists only his servers. Is that all
that’s needed to make his secondary appear to be the master from the
public’s perspective, or do I have to do something else too?

[Dan] First bear in mind that “master” and “slave”, a relationship
between servers, has nothing whatever to do with “primary” and
“secondary”, an arbitrary ordering of servers on a list your registrar
maintains for you. Many sysadmins confuse the two, partly because
similar terms are sometimes used, and much grief results.


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