UNIX Sysadmin Resources – Naming Services & Directories

This content was originally created, collected, and maintained by Stokely Consulting.
As of May 2005, it is being hosted and maintained by Bill Bradford.

DNS & Bind:

comp.protocols.tcp-ip.domains FAQ Find the latest version of BIND, how to register domain names, and other DNS info and utilities.
DNSRD, the DNS Resources Directory, contains valuable news, reference material, registration info, servers and tools. Do not miss the Tools to manage DNS page for diagnostic tools and zone maintenance aids. Maintained by András Salamon.
ISC BIND is the home of the latest version of the Berkeley Internet Name Domain, and contains pointers to even more DNS Guides and tools. ISC is Paul Vixie, Carl Malamud and others.
Sauron is a free (GPL) scalable system for management of DNS & DHCP services. Runs on all Unix versions, written in Perl, uses PostgreSQL, Apache, ISC BIND/DHCP. Dynamically generates complete DNS & DHCP configurations from a central SQL database. Automatic generation of DNS reverse zones, with support for smaller than C-class reverse delegations. Web browser and command line interfaces. Created at the University of Jyväskylä Computing Center in Finland.
AIM from Andy Farrior is a set of perl scripts using dbm files and keeps track of hardware addresses, hostnames, primary managers, dns, bootp,etc. We haven’t tried it, but others say it works, and it does look interesting.
BIND 9 Administrator Reference Manual from Nominum. Contains configuration reference, grammar, examples, Lightweight Resolver description, resource requirements, security considerations and troubleshooting guide.
DNS Boss is a commercial Java product that allows you to rapidly setup and maintain one or many DNS domains via a cool GUI. Easy installation. Free 30-day trial. Reasonably priced. Runs on Sun SPARC Solaris 2.5 and 2.5.1. Created by Morris Seals.
DNS LOC: Geo-enabling the Domain Name System for latitude and longitude information management of DNS data.
dnsupdate creates or updates DNS tables using the dynamic update feature of BIND8 or higher. Runs on FreeBSD, SunOS/Solaris. Licensed under GPL. Excellent documentation available.
mkrdns automates the tedious procedure of editing both forward and reverse (IN PTR) zones when making changes to your zones with no changes to your current configuration file. Free software.
Name Service and Resolver Configuration discusses named and bind configuration. From The Network Administrators’ Guide by Olaf Kirch/Andrew Anderson.
NetReg/NetMon: NetReg gives administrators a central platform for administration of network information. NetReg keeps a database of subnet information, DNS zones, DHCP options, machine registrations, and more. NetMon, collects and processes information from the network. It captures ARP table and DHCP lease information from network devices. Free software from Carnegie Mellon.


djbdns is a secure replacement for BIND. Freely available, written by DJ Bernstein, contains dnscache caching DNS resolver, tinydns DNS server, pickdns load-balancing DNS server, walldns reverse DNS wall, axfrdns implementation of an area transfer server, DNS clients and troubleshooting tools.
DNS and the djb way/Easy Nameserving on FreeBSD describes how to install, configure and administer djbdns on FreeBSD servers.


Innosoft Directory Services provides a commercial LDAPv3 distributed directory server, administrative shell, and LDAP/X.500 directory integration.
The OpenLDAP project is an open source suite of LDAP applications and development tools. Servers, libraries, utilities, tools, and sample clients.
LDAPMAN.org is a great starting point for understanding LDAP. The site contains lists of books, web pages, and on-line information about LDAP, about Directory Servers, and about LDAP-aware products that are available today.
LDAP Setup and Configuration (PDF) for Solaris minibook describes how to set up, configure and administer Solaris LDAP client and server systems. Written by Sun Microsystems.
LDAPv3 HOWTO covers how to get OpenLDAP, OpenSSL, SASL and MIT KerberosV to work together.
pGINA is open source freeware which provides authentication on a Windows 2000 machine. The plugins allow authentication via (at least) LDAP, PAM, MySQL, POP3, NIS, ACE (SecurID), OpenAFS and Radius.
Secure LDAP for Solaris (via TLS/SSL): OpenLDAP, in conjunction with OpenSSL, can let you use LDAP for your information, including passwords, and have that information fully encrypted. Describes how to use 3rd-party modules to use Secure LDAP on Solaris 8.