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Solaris™ Operating Environment Boot Camp by Dominic Butler, David Rhodes

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Is It DNS, BIND, or Named?

There is always some confusion about how DNS, BIND, and named relate to each other, so let's try and explain it.

We know that DNS refers to the Domain Name System, and that it comprises both a client and a server portion within its specification. BIND is an acronym for Berkeley Internet Name Daemon and is a popular free software implementation of DNS. It includes a binary called named, which is its server portion, and supplies a set of libraries that are the client portion and perform the resolving.

Solaris bases its implementation of DNS on BIND, and, as with BIND, a server portion is included, which in this case is a binary called in.named. Again, the resolver client is a set of libraries included with the operating ...

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