Press Release: April 27, 2001
O'Reilly Releases New Edition of De-Facto Bible on DNS and BIND
Sebastopol, CA--In the just-released fourth edition of the bestselling DNS and BIND (O'Reilly, US $44.95), authors Paul Albitz and Cricket Liu once again unravel the intricacies of DNS and BIND for network and system administrators and all others who manage zones and name servers. Most Internet users require no more than a slight familiarity with DNS, the Domain Name System, on which they rely each time they use email or surf the Web. Yet DNS and BIND are the fundamental building blocks of the Internet as we use it, and establishing and maintaining a workable DNS configuration is an increasingly complex task with which system administrators wrestle regularly.
DNS and BIND was the first book to be devoted to the topic of DNS and has long been considered the de-facto "bible" on the subject. According to author Cricket Liu, the fourth edition introduces more new material than any previous edition. Says Liu, "The IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) has been working hard to add new features and functionality to DNS, including dynamic update, NOTIFY, incremental zone transfer, transaction signatures, the DNS Security, and support for IP version 6. And, consequently, the Internet Software Consortium has put an enormous amount of work into a brand new version of BIND, BIND 9, which supports all the new IETF standards. This book covers the new DNS standards, as well as BIND 9."
The new edition of DNS and BIND thoroughly covers both BIND 8 and 9, and includes a chapter on security to help administrators secure their names servers and zone data, as well as a long section on Windows 2000. Security is a timely topic, explains Liu, in view of recent, increasing attacks on BIND name servers.
Authors Albitz and Liu are among the foremost experts on DNS and BIND. Paul Albitz is a software engineer for Hewlett-Packard, and has ported BIND to HP-UX. Cricket Liu is a former hostmaster of hp.com, one of the largest domains on the Internet. He is now Director of DNS Product Management for VeriSign Global Registry Services.
DNS and BIND, 4th Edition is essential reading for all administrators involved with DNS on a daily basis or anyone with an interest in DNS and how the Internet works.
What critics and readers said about previous editions:
"To learn more about DNS Configuration, the best book around is DNS and BIND from the O'Reilly nutshell series."
--Laura Wonnacott, Infoworld, Feb 5, 2001
"I have been using it on an almost daily basis. This is an excellent, educational, USEABLE book. I recently got a job at an ISP, and it seems like 75% of my work revolves around DNS. I really need to learn and know DNS and BIND. DNS problems are often subtle and difficult to track down, and I am using this book on a daily basis to help me learn my job. A big 'Thank you' to Paul Albitz and Cricket Liu."
--DocFilter, Dec 2000
"Yet another great book from O'Reilly! DNS and BIND went way beyond my needs, providing a complete reference. As all O'Reilly books, DNS and BIND is written in a logical and organized manner. All concepts are clearly explained, with no shortage of diagrams, and configuration examples are plentiful...a very useful resource that I recommend to anyone twisted enough to have more than a passing interest in DNS and BIND."
--Jamie Susitna, Linux Users Group, Dec 2000
"This is one of the first books I had in my collection and is perhaps the best work O'Reilly ever published. DNS and BIND is written about the BIND (UNIX) version of DNS but much of the info pertains to both the NT and the UNIX versions. You will find many examples to show you how things should be set up. Even a beginner can quickly become a DNS expert after reading this book."
--www.mcseguide.com, March 2000
"I consider this book to be essential documentation for anybody who is responsible for a domain."
--Adrian Wontroba, C Vu, September 1997
"If you're going to set up a DNS Server, save yourself some headaches and get yourself a copy of the definitive book of the subject, DNS and BIND."
--Windows Sources, February 1995
Chapter 11, "Security," is available free online.
More information about the book, including Table of Contents, index, author bio, and samples.
A cover graphic in jpeg format.