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Old 24th November 2008, 18:36
nbakewell nbakewell is offline
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Default DNS Master/Slave - unexpected rcode servfail


I'm having some troubles setting up a master/slave configuration for my DNS. Right now I have a Redhat server (dnsnsbrhgate.linux.cs460) and a Windows server ( and I am trying to set the Windows DNS up as a slave on the Redhat server. My named.conf looks like this (snipped to important part):

zone "linux.cs460." IN {
     type master;
     file "";

zone "" IN {
     type master;
     file "";

zone "windows.cs460." IN {
     type slave;
     file "";
     masters { ; };
I have a file where all my other zone files are, however it is empty (I am under the impression that this does not need to be filled in?)

The error that I am getting when I try to ping is:

ping: unknown host
When I restart named.conf my logs show this:

zone windows.cs460/IN: refresh: unexpected rcode (SERVFAIL) from master (source
The results of me digging is:

; <<>> DIG 9.3.4-P! <<>>
;; global options:     printcmd
;; Got answer
;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: query, status: SERVFAIL, id: 21161
;; flags: qr rd ra; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 0, AUTHORITY: 0, ADDITIONAL: 0

;   IN   A

;; Query time 6 msec
;; WHEN Mon Nov 24 12:20:27 2008
;; MSG SIZE rcvd: 45
Any ideas?
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