[Pdns-users] PowerDNS Delegation (SmartConnect Isilon)

ktm at rice.edu ktm at rice.edu
Wed Dec 4 19:57:14 UTC 2013

On Wed, Dec 04, 2013 at 01:18:40PM -0600, Drew Decker wrote:
> We are currently wanting to implement Isilon's SmartConnect features, which
> requres a delegation (NS) record to the Isilon.  Unfortunately, their
> documentation only covers BIND and Microsoft DNS products.  Is there a way
> to do the same thing in PowerDNS?  If so, what is the correct way?
> Per the documentation, it shows the following for BIND:
> -----
> BIND server:
> In BIND, a new name server (NS) record needs to be added to the existing
> authoritative DNS zone specifying the server of authority for the new
> sub-zone. For
> that, an A record must be added, specified in the NS record that points to
> the SIP
> address of the cluster. For example, if the SmartConnect zone name is
> cluster.example.com, the DNS entries would looks like:
> >> cluster.example.com IN NS sip.example.com
> >> sip.example.com IN A {IP"address}
> -----
> Unfortunately, it doesn't appear to work on our end - it says "hostname not
> found" - but all other DNS records work for the parent domain on our end -
> it is just this one that is not working.  Please let me know if you'd like
> me to provide more information on the setup of our PowerDNS servers.
> -- 
> Best Regards,
> Drew Decker

Hi Drew,

We do this in the recursor, not in the authoritative server, with pdns-recursor
using the forward-zones option. For your example, it would be a line something
like this:

forward-zones=cluster.example.com={IP address}


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