Running DNS locally?

Dennis Muhlestein devel at
Tue Dec 11 09:07:29 MST 2007

On Dec 11, 2007 8:51 AM, Steve <smorrey at> wrote:
> Hey everyone,
> Recently I my ISP appears to have had a DNS outage and it got me
> thinking, maybe I should run a DNS server here locally for the
> computers on my own LAN.
> Has anyone on the list tried doing it?  If so what was your
> experience.  What hardware/software did you run.  Did it end up
> working well?

I tried it for a while way back when I had a spare server and was
toying around with various things.  I found that if my ISP had an
issue with DNS, they probably had other issues too and it generally
didn't allow me much advantage.  That could of course be different for
your ISP.  I received the same advantage simply by choosing a couple
free DNS servers as backups.  You might try searching for something.

My most significant observation, however, was that I had to maintain
this 2nd server and keep it operational in order to use the Internet.
That just took extra power and time and made one room a bit warmer.  I
didn't think the benefit was worth the cost.


PS, I played with bind mainly but tried djbDNS or something as well.
Seems like they both worked fine.

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