Simple DNS For Private LAN

Drew Tomlinson drew at
Fri Jun 23 15:22:02 UTC 2006

I'm having a hard time understanding what I need to do.  I have a small 
home network that uses a 3Com DSL modem/router as the last hop to the 
Internet.  Currently, the DSL modem/router to provides DNS for both my 
home network and the Internet.  Basically I have a few static entries 
for machines on my home network and then the DSL modem/router queries my 
ISPs name servers for everything else.

When I registered my domain, I used ZoneEdit as my name servers.  'whois' gives this output:

owner-name:     Drew Tomlinson

Now I'm changing ISPs and the DSL modem/router will be removed.  I am 
going to use a FBSD 6.x box to be my router, firewall, and DNS server.  
I read the handbook regarding DNS but remain confused.  Should I be a 
master for  I'm thinking not because ZoneEdit is the 
master, correct?  So should I be a slave?  And if I'm a slave, will my 
DNS get it's updates from ZoneEdit?  Or should I become master for my 
zone and make ZoneEdit a backup DNS?

I'm a complete newbie to DNS but know that it's important to get it 
right or lots of stuff gets broken.  Can someone please guide me in the 
right direction?  I don't mind reading if you send me a link.  :)



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