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Definitive DNS for engineers  |    A 3 day   hands on   training course

DNS training course description

This three-day hands on DNS training course studies both the UNIX BIND and the Microsoft (MS DNS) implementations. The course starts with the big picture of how DNS works, then client configuration. Primary and secondary servers are then configured, progressing to DDNS, subdomains and security issues. Hands on sessions follow all sections ensuring that troubleshooting techniques are used throughout the course. Students choose whether to use Windows or UNIX for the hands on sessions.

What will you learn
  • Describe the architecture of DNS.
  • Explain how DNS works.
  • Install, configure, maintain and troubleshoot DNS
DNS training course details

DNS training course contents

  • What is DNS?
  • Hostnames, Name resolution, host files, host file problems, What is DNS? The DNS namespace, TLDs, gTLDs, registering domains, Nameservers, how DNS works.
    Hands on Testing DNS servers on the Internet.

  • DNS clients
  • Ways to use DNS, dynamic and static configuration, multiple nameservers, domain name, searchlist, resolution issues, testing the configuration.
    Hands on Client configuration.

  • DNS server software
  • Implementations, Microsoft, BIND, daemons and services, installation, starting and stopping servers.
    Hands on Setting up a DNS server.

  • DNS zone files
  • What is a zone, Zone file overview, Forward zones, Reverse zones, Resource records, A records, PTR, CNAME, Root hints, local zone file. BIND and Microsoft configuration.
    Hands on Server configuration files.

  • NS and applications
  • MX records, Mail server load balancing, SPF, SRV records, VoIP and SRV, Microsoft and SRV, NAPTR.
    Hands on Testing records with dig and nslookup.

  • DNS slaves and other servers
  • DNS server types, Server resilience, Slaves, Zone transfers, SOA records, Serial numbers, recommendations, polling based zone transfers, NOTIFY, AD integration, DNS caching, Negative caching, TTL, Caching only servers.
    Hands on Masters, slaves and zone transfers.

  • The DNS protocol
  • The DNS stack, DNS port numbers, DNS queries, The DNS header, header section format, question format, other section format.
    Hands on Troubleshooting DNS with Wireshark.

  • Dynamic DNS
  • DHCP, DDNS, IXFR, WINS integration.
    Hands on Dynamic DNS.

  • Subdomains
  • Root servers, root server selection, Authority, delegation, NS records, subdomain with and without delegation, reverse delegation.
    Hands on Delegation, setting up a subdomain server.

  • DNS security
  • Restricting queries, DNS and firewalls, Split DNS, forwarders, internal root servers, the use of proxy servers, DNSSEC, TSIG.
    Hands on Hardening a DNS server.

  • DNS and IPv6
  • What is IPv6, IPv6 addressing, IPv6 DNS issues, AAAA, IPv6 reverse delegation.

  • Troubleshooting DNS
  • Problem solving, DNS troubleshooting, Zone file checking, Some common errors, Log files, tools, nslookup, dig, host, DNS design, performance, load balancing.
    Hands on Putting it all together.

  • Summary
  • Useful books, Internet sites, RFCs.

  • Appendix: ENUM
  • What is ENUM, How ENUM works, NAPTR.

Learning path



Based on customer ratings

M. H. - Bovis Homes

"Able to customise course which was excellent."

M. T. - Ernst & Young

"Material was interchanged well with live demo."

Training approach

This structured course uses Instructor Led Training to provide the best possible learning experience. Small class sizes ensure students benefit from our engaging and interactive style of teaching with delegates encouraged to ask questions throughout the course. Quizzes follow each major section allowing checking of learning. Hands on sessions are used throughout to allow delegates to consolidate their new skills.