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I'm looking for a simple to use DNS server for my network,

I wanna be able to define a set of domains and point them to different IPS within the network.

What is an easy solution I could use, I found bind to be too complicated

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BIND complicated? in that case you may be better off asking about a front end, rather than a different DNS server. –  John Gardeniers Feb 11 '12 at 23:24
    
What exactly about BIND do you find complicated? Windows Server 2008 R2 DNS server is fairly pointy clicky. –  growse Feb 11 '12 at 23:24
    
Good point, is there a good frontend for bind? preferably web based –  user893730 Feb 11 '12 at 23:24
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Now we're a dupe of serverfault.com/questions/10686/… –  growse Feb 11 '12 at 23:25
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If reading the manual seems like too much effort for you, people generally aren't going to put a lot of time into helping you out. This is a community of people who are genuinely happy to put in time helping people out who need it, not just those who are lazy. If you want DNS server recommendations, I've seen BIND, PowerDNS, DJBDNS (less so) and Windows Server DNS all deployed and used. And yes, they all come with manuals. Windows is the most pointy-clicky, like I already said. –  growse Feb 11 '12 at 23:36
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Do you need to serve authoratative zones to the Internet? Or is this only for your internal network? DNSMasq is pretty easy and flexible for a small internal network.

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It is for the internal network as stated in the question. –  user893730 Feb 12 '12 at 5:09
    
DNSMasq works perfectly thank you –  user893730 Feb 13 '12 at 15:22
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For people who want to reap the benefits of name based services on a network, but don't care to set up the infrastructural needs to support this, because they do not want to learn or read manuals, I generally recommend the hosts file.

That being said, those are typically the same people I recommend a new line of work.

If your question is really serious, and you want an easy-to-manage DNS server, follow @growse's suggestion and install a Microsoft DNS server, preferably on either Windows Server 2003 or 2008 R2.

You will, however, need to read the documentation provided

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I strongly object to the idea that a hosts file is ever a vlid answer. –  Zoredache Feb 12 '12 at 1:16
    
@Zoredache agreed, it's an alternative (and an almost useless one at that) –  Mathias R. Jessen Feb 12 '12 at 1:34
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+1 for "those are typically the same people I recommend a new line of work". –  Massimo Feb 12 '12 at 1:48
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