Favorite DNS?

Michael L Torrie torriem at chem.byu.edu
Fri Jul 27 00:35:58 MDT 2007

Andy Bradford wrote:
> Thus said Lonnie Olson on Wed, 25 Jul 2007 00:14:41 MDT:
>> Depends on your intended use of it.  If you plan to ever include "DNS"
>> to your resume you  *must* learn to use BIND. In  the general IT world
>> DNS = BIND.
> Are you claiming  that without learning to use BIND  one cannot know how
> to diagnose  DNS problems such  as lame servers,  authoritative answers,
> recursive vs  iterative queries, in-bailiwick  NS records, what  a CNAME
> record really means, etc...? If someone  included DNS on their resume, I
> would fully expect them to know how to diagnose DNS problems, regardless
> of what the underlying DNS software is.

Of course not.  But given two resumes that claim DNS experience, if one
mentions working with BIND (setting up DNS from scratch with BIND even
better), and the other has experience with djbdns, BIND will carry much
more weight.  It is the de facto standard after all.

Odds are, though, that someone who's had experience with BIND (real
experience that will come out in an interview), has had experience in
all of these areas and can answer most if not all of the questions you
pose.  So yes, BIND knowledge is a good, albeit imperfect, metric.

CNAME's are kind of funny aren't they.  Most of us probably think of the
term (colloquially), "Canonical Name," as being exactly the reverse of
what a CNAME is.  At least to me.

> Andy

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