Adding a bind nameserver to Netware 6.5 / eDirectory

Lennart Sorensen lsorense-1wCw9BSqJbv44Nm34jS7GywD8/FfD2ys at
Tue Jul 27 13:52:25 UTC 2004

On Tue, Jul 27, 2004 at 09:05:50AM -0400, Michael Coburn wrote:
> Hi, this might be a little off-topic and I apologise for that.
> Query:
> Is there a way to add a linux DNS server (running bind) as a valid NS
> record on Netware 6.5?  My Netware admin is telling me that you need to
> add eDirectory as a service on the linux machine, so that it becomes an
> object in the tree, and then can be added.  Is this the only way?
> We have an issue at our office, where the four of our Netware machines'
> DNS service hung yesterday, and the only machine still resolving
> internally was our debian stable box.  My understanding of DNS is that
> you're _supposed_ to list in the zonefile all machines that will be
> serving up said zone as NS records, but Netware (via ConsoleOne) won't
> let us add it.  The debian server's ip is being handed out by dhcp as a
> nameserver for use by our clients (WinXP systems), for both the internal
> zone -- it operates as a secondary -- and for resolving external
> addresses.  Other than reported "slow browsing" from our clients, the
> network remained functional.  

I have no idea how netware does things, but couldn't you just leave
linux as the only system providing DNS and just tell the netware
machiens who is in charge of DNS on the network (ie: not netware)?  If
it doesn't know how to cooperate with non netware, maybe it's not the
right thing to manage services.

> The admin's suggestion I'm sure would work, but it would involve us
> migrating to another distro (SuSE Enterprise or Red Hat Enterprise). 
> We've grown to be quite happy running debian in production and I would
> really hate to leave it.  Any suggestions?

You could avoid netware and just use open standards software. :)

Lennart Sorensen
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