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Introduction

BIND is open source software that enables you to publish your Domain Name System (DNS) information on the Internet, and to resolve DNS queries for your users.

BIND implements the DNS protocols. The DNS protocols are part of the core Internet standards. They specify the process by which one computer can find another computer on the basis of its name. The BIND software distribution contains all of the software necessary for asking and answering name service questions.

The BIND software distribution has three parts:

  • Domain Name Resolver: A resolver is a program that resolves questions about names by sending those questions to appropriate servers and responding appropriately to the servers’ replies.
  • Domain Name Authority server: An authoritative DNS server answers requests from resolvers, using information about the domain names it is authoritative for. You can provide DNS services on the Internet by installing this software on a server and giving it information about your domain names.
  • Tools: We include a number of diagnostic and operational tools. Some of them, such as the popular DIG tool, are not specific to BIND and can be used with any DNS server.

BIND is by far the most widely used DNS software on the Internet, as it is a transparent open source and is a flexible, full-featured DNS system. This means that if too many DNS queries to BIND fail or are dropped / rejected, your users will experience serious accessibility issues, which in turn may impact their productivity.

To avoid this, administrators should monitor incoming and outgoing queries of BIND DNS and proactively capture errors and failures in name resolution, well before users complain.

eG Enterprise provides 100% web-based monitoring of BIND DNS. Using a specialized monitoring model, eG Enterprise continuously monitors requests to and responses of BIND DNS, and promptly alerts administrators to error responses, failures, and rejections.

To know how eG Enterprise monitors BIND DNS and what statistics it reports, refer to the following topics:

How Does eG Enterprise Monitor BIND DNS?

How to Monitor BIND DNS Using eG Enterprise?

Monitoring BIND DNS