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All machines on the LAN are named <machine_name>.local. Can I set up a DNS (BIND) server for my LAN's machines that will provide name resolution?

For instance, if the DHCP (or /etc/hosts) is setting the following:

192.168.1.10   sample.local

Then the DNS will know how to do a name resolution between 192.168.1.10 and sample.local (and vice-versa).

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Yes, there is nothing special about it. The name sample.local is a perfectly normal FQDN, except that local is reserved for local use.

The bind DNS server need this information in zone files, it will not read host lists from /etc/hosts. If you want a simple DNS server that can get the host lists from /etc/hosts, look at dnsmasq.

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