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Configuring a DNS server with SuSE's YaST

By Jack Wallen

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Before YaST, setting up DNS servers was a matter of hand-editing configuration files in Linux. This was tedious to those who didn't have the time to learn the details of the various .conf or .cf files required. Fortunately, the good people at Novell and SuSE worked hard to bring the Linux administrator the YaST (Yet another Setup Tool) to help. This tool makes setting up a plethora of system settings as simple as it gets.

Author's note
Our environment for this article will be OpenSuSE 10.2 and the GNOME 2.16 environment. Both are stable, robust, and very user-friendly. The installation of SuSE 10.2 was a complete install (read: five CDs full of software), so everything needed to set up a complete server is there. I highly recommend this method so you do not have to fight with dependencies should you have to install a piece of software for your server. After a complete install, you will have everything you need to set up DNS.

A quick look around YaST
Although it is contrary to what many Linux admins would advise, I'm going to log into my SuSE 10.2 machine as root for this setup. I don't do this often, but it saves me from having to enter the root password every time I want to perform an administration task. Once you are done setting up these services, log out.

The first thing you'll want to do is to select the Computer menu.

About Jack Wallen

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