17.1.2. Nameserver Types

17.1.2. Nameserver Types

There are four primary nameserver configuration types:

master

Stores original and authoritative zone records for a namespace, and answers queries about the namespace from other nameservers.

slave

Answers queries from other nameservers concerning namespaces for which it is considered an authority. However, slave nameservers get their namespace information from master nameservers.

caching-only

Offers name-to-IP resolution services, but is not authoritative for any zones. Answers for all resolutions are cached in memory for a fixed period of time, which is specified by the retrieved zone record.

forwarding

Forwards requests to a specific list of nameservers for name resolution. If none of the specified nameservers can perform the resolution, the resolution fails.

A nameserver may be one or more of these types. For example, a nameserver can be a master for some zones, a slave for others, and only offer forwarding resolutions for others.


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