BIND zone transfers

jhall at jhall at
Wed Feb 8 10:00:42 PST 2006

> On Wed, Feb 08, 2006 at 12:45:02PM -0000, jhall at wrote:
>> Under FreeBSD 4.8 BIND was making zone transfers normally.  In my
>> network,
>> Windows 2000 is the master and bind is the salve.  Recently, the server
>> was upgraded to FreeBSD 6.0, and suddenly BIND stopped making zone
>> transfers, except for the first zone, which is transferred just as it
>> should be.  Zone transfers are taking place from a W2K server.  I am
>> seeing this problem with BIND 9.3.2 and BIND 9.3.1
> Saw this in the BIND FAQ, maybe it applies to your situation:
> Q: Zone transfers from my BIND 9 master to my Windows 2000 slave fail.
>    Why?
> A: This may be caused by a bug in the Windows 2000 DNS server where DNS
>    messages larger than 16K are not handled properly. This can be worked
>    around by setting the option "transfer-format one-answer;".  Also
>    check whether your zone contains domain names with embedded spaces or
>    other special characters, like "John\032Doe\213s\032Computer", since
>    such names have been known to cause Windows 2000 slaves to
>    incorrectly reject the zone.
> </QUOTE>
> --
>    - Tim Utschig <tim at>

I did not properly explain the situation.  The Windows 2000 server is
functioning as a secondary server for the parent organization's DNS, and I
am using BIND to download the zones to the local offices, from the W2K
server, to help reduce network traffic.  Sorry this was not clear the
first time.


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