Server Fault is a question and answer site for system and network administrators. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I have multiple BIND servers, some are resolvers and some are authorative DNS servers.

When querying the resolvers for reverse pointer records for 10.x.x.x IPs the query fails. I have added these reverse pointer records on the auth DNS servers. Now, as I understand it, I need to tell my BIND resolvers to ask my BIND DNS servers for records relating to this IP range (otherwise they will query the root servers and fail).

How can I configure this?

Thanks you.

share|improve this question
up vote 3 down vote accepted

You should configure forward zones on your resolvers and point them to your authoritative servers. The configuration may look along the lines of the following example:

// forward queries for to the name servers at
// and
zone "" in {
  type forward;
  forwarders {;; };
share|improve this answer
Yes, this is exactly what I needed, thank you :) – jwbensley Jul 2 '12 at 15:29

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.