DNS and Bind

basics of the domain name system

This training gives a concise introduction into running a BIND 9 domain name server. It covers all modern protocol features such as EDNS, DNSSEC, Catalog-Zones, DNS-Cookies and much more. Whether you already have some experience running a BIND 9 server or come fresh to the game, this course will give you all information you need to be a successful DNS administrator. During this course, every participant will be able to build and operate their own DNS server in the Internet with live data.

Trainer und Dozenten

Our Trainer Carsten Strotmann has been working for over 20 years with Linux/Unix and DNS in TCP/IP networks. Since 2003, he is coaching the training program DNS specialists Men & Mice and is conducting world-wide training courses on the topics DNS, DNSSEC, DHCP and IPv6. Carsten is cooperating closely with producers of DNS software zusammen (ISC BIND, NLNetLabs NSD/unbound and Microsoft DNS) and is an active contributor to the RIPE und IETF DNS task forces.

The trainer Jan-Piet Mens has been working as a consultant/trainer in the Unix then Linux area since 1988. He is also in charge of the training program at the DNS specialists of Men & Mice and gives trainings worldwide. At Linuxhotel he is responsible for the Ansible config management trainings.


Participants of this course need to know how to operate the Unix command line (shell) and have Unix/Linux administration knowledge. Basic knowledge of Internet network protocols IPv6 and IPv4 is required.

Basic knowledge of the Unix/Linux command line (shell) will be assumed as prerequisite , as well as basic knowledge about Unix/Linux-based TCP/IP networks.


  • DNS Basics - how the protocol works
  • A quick look at DNSSEC
  • Querying the DNS with "dig"
  • DNS Clients, DNS Resolver and Authoritative Server
  • Building and maintaining a DNS Resolver
  • BIND 9 Logging
  • Troubleshooting DNS
  • Getting your own domain delegation
  • Setting up a DNS zone
  • Building resilience with secondary servers
  • Easy DNSSEC with BIND 9.16 "default-policy"
  • Completing the DNSSEC chain of trust
  • DNS Server maintenance
  • Security Best Practices
  • DNS server monitoring


Wer möchte, reist bis 22 Uhr am Vortag an und nutzt den Abend bereits zum Fachsimpeln am Kamin oder im Park.

An den Kurstagen dann von 9-18 Uhr (mit 2 Kaffee- und 1 Mittagspause) etwa 60% Schulungen und 40% Übungen. Selbstverständlich arbeitet jeder Teilnehmer am von uns gestellten Notebook oft parallel zum Referenten mit.

Anschließend Abendessen und Angebote für Fachsimpeln, Ausflüge uvm. Wir schaffen eine Atmosphäre, in der Fachleute sich ungezwungen austauschen. Wer das nicht will, wird zu nichts gezwungen und findet auch jederzeit Ruhe.