config section like this:
See Figure 1 for a DD-WRT
screenshot. By adding addresses to
your router’s DNSMasq server, you
effectively can make an /etc/hosts file
for every computer on your network.
DNSMasq also is tied into the DHCP
server, allowing for automatic mapping
of hostnames to DHCP assignments,
but that’s a bit outside the scope of
Getting into a BIND
When it comes to DNS on the greater
Internet, BIND is the de facto standard
server. Unfortunately, BIND also is
where the vast complexities of the
Domain Naming System come into play.
Don’t get me wrong, the complexities
aren’t frivolous, just frustrating at
times. If you are managing a DNS server
for a business, chances are you need to
work with BIND. Because BIND supports
every facet of the DNS concept, I think
it’s important for a little terminology
lesson before we dig into configuration.
See the sidebar for some DNS terms you
should be familiar with before delving
into BIND configuration.
Figure 1. DD-WRT allows you to add DNS entries, but it’s not terribly user-friendly.