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James-2
Howdy,

So I now have (5) statics and a fiber feed, with lots of room to grow.

I need to setup DNS primary/secondary systems on gentoo. So right now I'm
looking for a suggested list of packages to install with Bind, iptables and
DNSSEC-tools as these (2) gentoo dns servers will only run the minimum
packages to operate securely?


Also, what is the (nominal) minimum amount of RAM needed to keep all routes
in ram in these  name servers?


I also found these wiki pages as resources:

https://wiki.gentoo.org/wiki/BIND

https://wiki.gentoo.org/wiki/BIND/Guide


James


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Alan McKinnon-2
On 11/10/2015 04:13, James wrote:
> Howdy,
>
> So I now have (5) statics and a fiber feed, with lots of room to grow.
>
> I need to setup DNS primary/secondary systems on gentoo. So right now I'm
> looking for a suggested list of packages to install with Bind, iptables and
> DNSSEC-tools as these (2) gentoo dns servers will only run the minimum
> packages to operate securely?

auth or cache?

First of all, bind is a pain to use. Reason: it's actually a reference
implementation that as usual got forced into production use. It's slower
than it could be because it deals with every possible corner case per RFC.

As an auth server (few queries) it's OK
As a cache (many queries), there are better servers out there. I prefer
unbound.


> Also, what is the (nominal) minimum amount of RAM needed to keep all routes
> in ram in these  name servers?

I don't understand. DNS servers don't keep routes in memory - routers do
that. Perhaps you mean cached DNS records?

DNS is light on RAM, there are only so many records typical users will
look up. DNS caches not too long ago ran for years problem free with a
puny few hundred MB. It's not something to be worried about.


--
Alan McKinnon
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Re: DNS server packages

J. Roeleveld
On Sunday, October 11, 2015 09:35:39 AM Alan McKinnon wrote:

> On 11/10/2015 04:13, James wrote:
> > Howdy,
> >
> > So I now have (5) statics and a fiber feed, with lots of room to grow.
> >
> > I need to setup DNS primary/secondary systems on gentoo. So right now I'm
> > looking for a suggested list of packages to install with Bind, iptables
> > and
> > DNSSEC-tools as these (2) gentoo dns servers will only run the minimum
> > packages to operate securely?
>
> auth or cache?
>
> First of all, bind is a pain to use. Reason: it's actually a reference
> implementation that as usual got forced into production use. It's slower
> than it could be because it deals with every possible corner case per RFC.
>
> As an auth server (few queries) it's OK
> As a cache (many queries), there are better servers out there. I prefer
> unbound.

As it is related to this thread, which server would people recommend when the
DNS records are to be found in a database?
Reason I am asking:
I want to set up a lab environment with VMs coming and going.
These all need to have hostname/mac/ip stored and configured correctly.

Till now, I basically preconfigured Bind and DHCPd for a bunch of them.
I would prefer to be able to specify a hostname for this, but writing
something that keeps changing the configuration and keeping it in-sync with a
database is a bit overkill.

Thanks,

Joost

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Alan McKinnon-2
On 11/10/2015 10:18, J. Roeleveld wrote:

> On Sunday, October 11, 2015 09:35:39 AM Alan McKinnon wrote:
>> On 11/10/2015 04:13, James wrote:
>>> Howdy,
>>>
>>> So I now have (5) statics and a fiber feed, with lots of room to grow.
>>>
>>> I need to setup DNS primary/secondary systems on gentoo. So right now I'm
>>> looking for a suggested list of packages to install with Bind, iptables
>>> and
>>> DNSSEC-tools as these (2) gentoo dns servers will only run the minimum
>>> packages to operate securely?
>>
>> auth or cache?
>>
>> First of all, bind is a pain to use. Reason: it's actually a reference
>> implementation that as usual got forced into production use. It's slower
>> than it could be because it deals with every possible corner case per RFC.
>>
>> As an auth server (few queries) it's OK
>> As a cache (many queries), there are better servers out there. I prefer
>> unbound.
>
> As it is related to this thread, which server would people recommend when the
> DNS records are to be found in a database?
> Reason I am asking:
> I want to set up a lab environment with VMs coming and going.
> These all need to have hostname/mac/ip stored and configured correctly.

I don't understand.

mac & IP go together in dhcp and arp
hostname & IP go together in DNS & /etc/hosts

hostname & mac & ip go together nowhere


> Till now, I basically preconfigured Bind and DHCPd for a bunch of them.
> I would prefer to be able to specify a hostname for this, but writing
> something that keeps changing the configuration and keeping it in-sync with a
> database is a bit overkill.

arp updates when the host comes on-line
dhcp & dns are separate from individual VMs, populating those services
is part of provisioning them.

Perhaps detail more what you are trying to accomplish?


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Re: DNS server packages

J. Roeleveld
On Sunday, October 11, 2015 10:43:01 AM Alan McKinnon wrote:

> On 11/10/2015 10:18, J. Roeleveld wrote:
> > On Sunday, October 11, 2015 09:35:39 AM Alan McKinnon wrote:
> >> On 11/10/2015 04:13, James wrote:
> >>> Howdy,
> >>>
> >>> So I now have (5) statics and a fiber feed, with lots of room to grow.
> >>>
> >>> I need to setup DNS primary/secondary systems on gentoo. So right now
> >>> I'm
> >>> looking for a suggested list of packages to install with Bind, iptables
> >>> and
> >>> DNSSEC-tools as these (2) gentoo dns servers will only run the minimum
> >>> packages to operate securely?
> >>
> >> auth or cache?
> >>
> >> First of all, bind is a pain to use. Reason: it's actually a reference
> >> implementation that as usual got forced into production use. It's slower
> >> than it could be because it deals with every possible corner case per
> >> RFC.
> >>
> >> As an auth server (few queries) it's OK
> >> As a cache (many queries), there are better servers out there. I prefer
> >> unbound.
> >
> > As it is related to this thread, which server would people recommend when
> > the DNS records are to be found in a database?
> > Reason I am asking:
> > I want to set up a lab environment with VMs coming and going.
> > These all need to have hostname/mac/ip stored and configured correctly.
>
> I don't understand.

<snipped part about ARP tables>

> Perhaps detail more what you are trying to accomplish?

What I do currently:

Edit Bind zone-files and enter IP / Hostname combinations
Edit DHCP config file and enter MAC / IP / Hostname combinations
(And hope these actually match and not contain typos)

What I want to do:

In a database I have a table with the following fields:
MAC, IP, Hostname, domain
xx:xx:xx:xx:xx , 1.2.3.4 , vmobi1114node1 , vm1.lab.example.com

I want the DNS server to use the IP, Hostname and domain fields for the
resolving.
I want the DHCP server to use all the fields for the DHCP assignments.

--
Joost



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Re: DNS server packages

William Kenworthy
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On 11/10/15 16:43, Alan McKinnon wrote:

> On 11/10/2015 10:18, J. Roeleveld wrote:
>> On Sunday, October 11, 2015 09:35:39 AM Alan McKinnon wrote:
>>> On 11/10/2015 04:13, James wrote:
>>>> Howdy,
>>>>
>>>> So I now have (5) statics and a fiber feed, with lots of room to grow.
>>>>
>>>> I need to setup DNS primary/secondary systems on gentoo. So right now I'm
>>>> looking for a suggested list of packages to install with Bind, iptables
>>>> and
>>>> DNSSEC-tools as these (2) gentoo dns servers will only run the minimum
>>>> packages to operate securely?
>>>
>>> auth or cache?
>>>
>>> First of all, bind is a pain to use. Reason: it's actually a reference
>>> implementation that as usual got forced into production use. It's slower
>>> than it could be because it deals with every possible corner case per RFC.
>>>
>>> As an auth server (few queries) it's OK
>>> As a cache (many queries), there are better servers out there. I prefer
>>> unbound.
>>
>> As it is related to this thread, which server would people recommend when the
>> DNS records are to be found in a database?
>> Reason I am asking:
>> I want to set up a lab environment with VMs coming and going.
>> These all need to have hostname/mac/ip stored and configured correctly.
>
> I don't understand.
>
> mac & IP go together in dhcp and arp
> hostname & IP go together in DNS & /etc/hosts
>
> hostname & mac & ip go together nowhere
>
>
>> Till now, I basically preconfigured Bind and DHCPd for a bunch of them.
>> I would prefer to be able to specify a hostname for this, but writing
>> something that keeps changing the configuration and keeping it in-sync with a
>> database is a bit overkill.
>
> arp updates when the host comes on-line
> dhcp & dns are separate from individual VMs, populating those services
> is part of provisioning them.
>
> Perhaps detail more what you are trying to accomplish?
>
>

ISC dhcpd can update bind when a host requests an IP.

One of many examples
"http://askubuntu.com/questions/162265/how-to-setup-dhcp-server-and-dynamic-dns-with-bind"

BillK


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Alan McKinnon-2
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On 11/10/2015 11:33, J. Roeleveld wrote:

> On Sunday, October 11, 2015 10:43:01 AM Alan McKinnon wrote:
>> On 11/10/2015 10:18, J. Roeleveld wrote:
>>> On Sunday, October 11, 2015 09:35:39 AM Alan McKinnon wrote:
>>>> On 11/10/2015 04:13, James wrote:
>>>>> Howdy,
>>>>>
>>>>> So I now have (5) statics and a fiber feed, with lots of room to grow.
>>>>>
>>>>> I need to setup DNS primary/secondary systems on gentoo. So right now
>>>>> I'm
>>>>> looking for a suggested list of packages to install with Bind, iptables
>>>>> and
>>>>> DNSSEC-tools as these (2) gentoo dns servers will only run the minimum
>>>>> packages to operate securely?
>>>>
>>>> auth or cache?
>>>>
>>>> First of all, bind is a pain to use. Reason: it's actually a reference
>>>> implementation that as usual got forced into production use. It's slower
>>>> than it could be because it deals with every possible corner case per
>>>> RFC.
>>>>
>>>> As an auth server (few queries) it's OK
>>>> As a cache (many queries), there are better servers out there. I prefer
>>>> unbound.
>>>
>>> As it is related to this thread, which server would people recommend when
>>> the DNS records are to be found in a database?
>>> Reason I am asking:
>>> I want to set up a lab environment with VMs coming and going.
>>> These all need to have hostname/mac/ip stored and configured correctly.
>>
>> I don't understand.
>
> <snipped part about ARP tables>
>
>> Perhaps detail more what you are trying to accomplish?
>
> What I do currently:
>
> Edit Bind zone-files and enter IP / Hostname combinations
> Edit DHCP config file and enter MAC / IP / Hostname combinations
> (And hope these actually match and not contain typos)
>
> What I want to do:
>
> In a database I have a table with the following fields:
> MAC, IP, Hostname, domain
> xx:xx:xx:xx:xx , 1.2.3.4 , vmobi1114node1 , vm1.lab.example.com
>
> I want the DNS server to use the IP, Hostname and domain fields for the
> resolving.
> I want the DHCP server to use all the fields for the DHCP assignments.


OK, that makes sense. You'd think all decent DNS and DHCP servers out
there would support any old arb db backend (very useful, no?) but it
seems not. I've gotten used to independently vi'ing two files and
HUP/reload two daemons over the years :-)

Bind can use a mysql backend, so can most auth servers. The only dhcp
server easily available on gentoo seems to be dhcp from ISC which does
not support mysql. But both support ldap, maybe you can use that?
There's lots of ldap frontends so getting your info into it should be
easy enough.

You could also look into kea (https://www.isc.org/kea/), a better dhcp
server from ISC. The blurb says it supports SQL backends.

--
Alan McKinnon
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J. Roeleveld
On Sunday, October 11, 2015 02:48:23 PM Alan McKinnon wrote:

> On 11/10/2015 11:33, J. Roeleveld wrote:
> > On Sunday, October 11, 2015 10:43:01 AM Alan McKinnon wrote:
> >> On 11/10/2015 10:18, J. Roeleveld wrote:
> >>> On Sunday, October 11, 2015 09:35:39 AM Alan McKinnon wrote:
> >>>> On 11/10/2015 04:13, James wrote:
> >>>>> Howdy,
> >>>>>
> >>>>> So I now have (5) statics and a fiber feed, with lots of room to grow.
> >>>>>
> >>>>> I need to setup DNS primary/secondary systems on gentoo. So right now
> >>>>> I'm
> >>>>> looking for a suggested list of packages to install with Bind,
> >>>>> iptables
> >>>>> and
> >>>>> DNSSEC-tools as these (2) gentoo dns servers will only run the minimum
> >>>>> packages to operate securely?
> >>>>
> >>>> auth or cache?
> >>>>
> >>>> First of all, bind is a pain to use. Reason: it's actually a reference
> >>>> implementation that as usual got forced into production use. It's
> >>>> slower
> >>>> than it could be because it deals with every possible corner case per
> >>>> RFC.
> >>>>
> >>>> As an auth server (few queries) it's OK
> >>>> As a cache (many queries), there are better servers out there. I prefer
> >>>> unbound.
> >>>
> >>> As it is related to this thread, which server would people recommend
> >>> when
> >>> the DNS records are to be found in a database?
> >>> Reason I am asking:
> >>> I want to set up a lab environment with VMs coming and going.
> >>> These all need to have hostname/mac/ip stored and configured correctly.
> >>
> >> I don't understand.
> >
> > <snipped part about ARP tables>
> >
> >> Perhaps detail more what you are trying to accomplish?
> >
> > What I do currently:
> >
> > Edit Bind zone-files and enter IP / Hostname combinations
> > Edit DHCP config file and enter MAC / IP / Hostname combinations
> > (And hope these actually match and not contain typos)
> >
> > What I want to do:
> >
> > In a database I have a table with the following fields:
> > MAC, IP, Hostname, domain
> > xx:xx:xx:xx:xx , 1.2.3.4 , vmobi1114node1 , vm1.lab.example.com
> >
> > I want the DNS server to use the IP, Hostname and domain fields for the
> > resolving.
> > I want the DHCP server to use all the fields for the DHCP assignments.
>
> OK, that makes sense. You'd think all decent DNS and DHCP servers out
> there would support any old arb db backend (very useful, no?) but it
> seems not. I've gotten used to independently vi'ing two files and
> HUP/reload two daemons over the years :-)

Same here. Works for the most part, but I'm not the only one using the system.
Which means I prefer to have it easier to use and not end up having to do all
the work myself.

> Bind can use a mysql backend, so can most auth servers.

Need to check how difficult/easy it is to make it listen to PostgreSQL.
I'm not overly attached to Bind. Having a DNS server that's easier to configure
and maintain would be appreciated.

> The only dhcp
> server easily available on gentoo seems to be dhcp from ISC which does
> not support mysql. But both support ldap, maybe you can use that?
> There's lots of ldap frontends so getting your info into it should be
> easy enough.

That's one option, but that would mean maintaining 2 databases.
One with the config for the VMs and OpenLDAP.


> You could also look into kea (https://www.isc.org/kea/), a better dhcp
> server from ISC. The blurb says it supports SQL backends.

I'll have a look at that one.

--
Joost

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James-2
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Alan McKinnon <alan.mckinnon <at> gmail.com> writes:


> > I need to setup DNS primary/secondary systems on gentoo. So right now
> > I'm looking for a suggested list of packages to install with Bind,
> > iptables and DNSSEC-tools as these (2) gentoo dns servers will only
> > run the minimum packages to operate securely?
> auth or cache?

These are the (2) net facing primary and slave dns servers, just for the
few domain names I willauthenticate. They'll be behind a firewall
(iptables/dmz) with no internal zone information.  Strictly auth, public
facing, with DNSsec. The plan is to go slow with manual configuration and
and slow add features like a database, as I roll out new auth-DNS servers
on newer, embedded hardware (very small very low power, but lots of ram
(2G)). So over time the scope will evolve. It's a manual approach to a
refresher for me.  Eventually one of the auth-dns-slaves will be an arm
cluster for performance testing on mesos. (That's a ways off).


So also, the iptables rules for such a setup will need to be revisited,
dusting off what I use to use. Again, the importance is trying different
packages and sniffing the results and examining log files (manually and with
scripts) on a log host. So only ports 53 (public/routable net visible
and port 22 from a select sets of private ips is all these will need.


> First of all, bind is a pain to use. Reason: it's actually a reference
> implementation that as usual got forced into production use. It's slower
> than it could be because it deals with every possible corner case per RFC.
> As an auth server (few queries) it's OK

Bind is an old acquaintance of mine:: been a few years, hence the post.
I may test/migrate to something else, later.

> As a cache (many queries), there are better servers out there. I prefer
> unbound.

A Caching DNS server for internal usages is another project for another
time. It will be totally isolated; still, good to know.


> > Also, what is the (nominal) minimum amount of RAM needed to keep all  
> > routes in ram in these  name servers?
> I don't understand. DNS servers don't keep routes in memory - routers do
> that. Perhaps you mean cached DNS records?
> DNS is light on RAM, there are only so many records typical users will
> look up. DNS caches not too long ago ran for years problem free with a
> puny few hundred MB. It's not something to be worried about.

There should be a way to keep all the responses for the zones info they
server in ram?  I know it often happens without intervention, but surely
there are published methods to insure this info is kept "in ram" like bcachefs?

Also flushing and ram usage status monitoring, as these auth dns servers
will eventually migrate to low power embedded machines where keeping
things in ram is critical to performance.

'eix -cC net-dns | grep auth'   <shows::    knot and nsd

Curiously, Are they better, more easily secured solutions?


It's been a hwile for me.... so a vetting of the packages is the first step
for this minimal, manual setup of the auth-dns servers for a few domain names::


Bind9, dnssec-tools, iptables:: any other packages relevant/germane
on a amd-default profile [1] ?


James



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Alan McKinnon-2
On 12/10/2015 19:43, James wrote:

> Alan McKinnon <alan.mckinnon <at> gmail.com> writes:
>
>
>>> I need to setup DNS primary/secondary systems on gentoo. So right now
>>> I'm looking for a suggested list of packages to install with Bind,
>>> iptables and DNSSEC-tools as these (2) gentoo dns servers will only
>>> run the minimum packages to operate securely?
>> auth or cache?
>
> These are the (2) net facing primary and slave dns servers, just for the
> few domain names I willauthenticate. They'll be behind a firewall
> (iptables/dmz) with no internal zone information.  Strictly auth, public
> facing, with DNSsec. The plan is to go slow with manual configuration and
> and slow add features like a database, as I roll out new auth-DNS servers
> on newer, embedded hardware (very small very low power, but lots of ram
> (2G)). So over time the scope will evolve. It's a manual approach to a
> refresher for me.  Eventually one of the auth-dns-slaves will be an arm
> cluster for performance testing on mesos. (That's a ways off).
>
>
> So also, the iptables rules for such a setup will need to be revisited,
> dusting off what I use to use. Again, the importance is trying different
> packages and sniffing the results and examining log files (manually and with
> scripts) on a log host. So only ports 53 (public/routable net visible
> and port 22 from a select sets of private ips is all these will need.

Then you need your chosen name server (bind), your chosen fw ruleset
generators (iptables, maybe some other front end) and maybe fail2ban or
one of it's friends if you find some port gets hammered.

Block all ports except 53 and 22, send all logs to a remote syslogger
and trawl through them to your heart's content. All very usual and normal.


>> First of all, bind is a pain to use. Reason: it's actually a reference
>> implementation that as usual got forced into production use. It's slower
>> than it could be because it deals with every possible corner case per RFC.
>> As an auth server (few queries) it's OK
>
> Bind is an old acquaintance of mine:: been a few years, hence the post.
> I may test/migrate to something else, later.

OK. For a few domains there's no benefit to using something other than
what you already know.

>
>> As a cache (many queries), there are better servers out there. I prefer
>> unbound.
>
> A Caching DNS server for internal usages is another project for another
> time. It will be totally isolated; still, good to know.
>
>
>>> Also, what is the (nominal) minimum amount of RAM needed to keep all  
>>> routes in ram in these  name servers?
>> I don't understand. DNS servers don't keep routes in memory - routers do
>> that. Perhaps you mean cached DNS records?
>> DNS is light on RAM, there are only so many records typical users will
>> look up. DNS caches not too long ago ran for years problem free with a
>> puny few hundred MB. It's not something to be worried about.
>
> There should be a way to keep all the responses for the zones info they
> server in ram?  I know it often happens without intervention, but surely
> there are published methods to insure this info is kept "in ram" like bcachefs?
>
> Also flushing and ram usage status monitoring, as these auth dns servers
> will eventually migrate to low power embedded machines where keeping
> things in ram is critical to performance.

I can't help but feel you are worried about a problem that doesn't
exist. It takes lots and lots and lots of zones to get above 1M disk
space. How much ram do you think you need?

DNS caches are resource intensive (the upper limit on what they cache is
the internet)
DNS auth servers are not (their upper limit is how many bytes in the
zones) and they tend to idle most of the time. Well unless you do silly
things like set all TTLs to 1 (or god forbid, 0) and your auth server
becomes a cache

>
> 'eix -cC net-dns | grep auth'   <shows::    knot and nsd
>
> Curiously, Are they better, more easily secured solutions?
>
>
> It's been a hwile for me.... so a vetting of the packages is the first step
> for this minimal, manual setup of the auth-dns servers for a few domain names::
>
>
> Bind9, dnssec-tools, iptables:: any other packages relevant/germane
> on a amd-default profile [1] ?

Yes, that's about it.
Add in all the other usual server stuff you like to use - monitoring,
logging, notifications, mail, whatever


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Marc Stuermer
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Zitat von "J. Roeleveld" <[hidden email]>:

> As it is related to this thread, which server would people recommend when the
> DNS records are to be found in a database?

I'd recommend PowerDNS, which has also an ebuild in the official  
portage tree since ages.

It has several, mature web frontends and deploying DNSSEC with it is  
really, really easy, literally just two commands and then you go:

$ pdnssec secure-zone powerdnssec.org
$ pdnssec rectify-zone powerdnssec.org

After that you just need to publish your DS records to your registrar - done.

Compare that to BIND - much, much easier.

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James-2
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Alan McKinnon <alan.mckinnon <at> gmail.com> writes:


> > These are the (2) net facing primary and slave dns servers, just for the
> > few domain names I willauthenticate. They'll be behind a firewall
> > (iptables/dmz) with no internal zone information.  Strictly auth, public
> > facing, with DNSsec.
> Then you need your chosen name server (bind), your chosen fw ruleset
> generators (iptables, maybe some other front end) and maybe fail2ban or
> one of it's friends if you find some port gets hammered.

fail2ban.   an excellent additional package.

> How much ram do you think you need?

The idea is to minimize the ram footprint.  -Os  in the make.conf file
should keep things small, with little performance degradation. Profile::
 [1]   default/linux/amd64/13.0 *

Do you think I can keep the HD size (ide-CompactFlash) below 4 gig?
I did years ago on a gentoo firewall circa 2009. Tricks for OS size
minimization are the focus now.

> > Bind9, dnssec-tools, iptables:: any other packages relevant/germane
> > on a amd-default profile [1] ?

> Yes, that's about it.
> Add in all the other usual server stuff you like to use - monitoring,
> logging, notifications, mail, whatever

mailx, another good idea.

OK, now a minimized set of flag setting for make.conf::
USE="-8 ncurses ssl crypt berkdb pam perl pcre python readline zlib bzip2
nptl syslog"


were the flags on that minimzed gentoo (firewall) systems; further reducing
the globals flag is warranted?
Any suggestions on flag minimization?

with::   CFLAGS=" -march=native -Os -pipe"

I hope I can get the total size @ or below 3 GB, as I have several 4 GB CF
cards on hand; other suggestions?


James





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James-2
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J. Roeleveld <joost <at> antarean.org> writes:

>
> On Sunday, October 11, 2015 02:48:23 PM Alan McKinnon wrote:
> > On 11/10/2015 11:33, J. Roeleveld wrote:
> > > On Sunday, October 11, 2015 10:43:01 AM Alan McKinnon wrote:
> > >> On 11/10/2015 10:18, J. Roeleveld wrote:


> > > In a database I have a table with the following fields:
> > > MAC, IP, Hostname, domain
> > > xx:xx:xx:xx:xx , 1.2.3.4 , vmobi1114node1 , vm1.lab.example.com
>
> > > I want the DNS server to use the IP, Hostname and domain fields for
> > > the resolving.
> > > I want the DHCP server to use all the fields for the DHCP assignments.

A cluster is very reliable as nodes (slaves) can be added and removed
for individual admin needs, keeping 'the beast' HA. You can even put
part of your cluster (for redundancy and peak loading) partially on a remote
DatatCenter like 'rackspace'; should the HA requirements be such to justify
the extra expense. Or a smaller vendor on another network; reciprocity style.

I hope to have mine up by Christmas.

> > OK, that makes sense. You'd think all decent DNS and DHCP servers out
> > there would support any old arb db backend (very useful, no?) but it
> > seems not. I've gotten used to independently vi'ing two files and
> > HUP/reload two daemons over the years
> > Bind can use a mysql backend, so can most auth servers.
> Need to check how difficult/easy it is to make it listen to PostgreSQL.
> I'm not overly attached to Bind. Having a DNS server that's easier to  
> configure  and maintain would be appreciated.

Here is something that many are playing with::
https://github.com/mesosphere/mesos-dns/blob/master/README.md

Many are posting about the wonderfulness and stability of web services
even on a smaller cluster.
ymmv.
hth,


James