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The DNS module is responsible for generating, maintaining and provisioning DNS zones.
DNS module workflow represented on chart:


Zones are built automatically from ip address database (ip and fqdn fields of IPv4 Address) with addition of manualy given entries from "DNS Zone Records". Zones are synchronized with nameservers via the synchronization process triggered on zone change.

NOC offers flexible way of changes distribution and provided with plugins for seamless BIND and PowerDNS integration.

Zones are built during "pull" process by cm.dns_pull periodic task. Zones are stored in Configuration Management's repo and accessible via CM tools provided. Zones are distributed to the nameservers during the "push" process performed by cm.dns_push periodic task.
NOC has pluggable nameserver support, allowing single zone to be served by different types of nameservers (i.e. BIND and PowerDNS). NOC offers flexible way to integrate with third-party DNS provisioning tools. Provided provisioning tools can be used as well as your own.


  • Zone - DNS zone (forward and reverse)
  • DNS Server - name server process
  • Channel - Final destination of changes.
  • Zone profile - shared common information about zones, include SOA record and distribution list
  • Provisioning - a process of bringing updated zone online

Generation and distribution process

First you must define your DNS server (DNS > Setup > DNS Server). You must define name, type (Generator) and ip address of DNS server. Fill "Provisioning" field with a command to perform zone provisioning (See below).
Create at least one DNS Server.

Next step is to create Zone Profile (DNS > Setup > Zone Profiles). Zone Profile is a shared common information including SOA, contact, refresh, TTL and other parameters and a list of master and slave nameservers. Create at least one Zone Profile.

Then you can create zones (DNS > Zones). Set up domain name. Reverse zone for X.Y.Z.0/24 block must be created as zone. Select Zone Profile. Mark "Auto Generated?" checkbox if you wish zone to be automatically generated and distributed. "Serial" field will be generated automatically so usually you have no need to change it manually. Additional zone records can be set up from Zones form. You can add MX, CNAME and other information not present in IP database.

Last step is to enable cm.dns_pull and cm.dns_push periodic tasks (Service Activation > Task Schedules). 300 seconds interval is sufficient for common needs.

Zones will be build from:

  • Manually set records
  • A records (fqdn A ip) from Address Space Management database for forward zones
  • PTR records (ip PTR fqdn) from Address Space Management database for reverse zones

During the push process Provisioning field for each DNS server will be taken, built-in variables will be expanded and result will be performed as shell command.

Variables to expand:

%(ns)sDNS Server name
%(ip)sDNS Server IP address
%(repo)sRoot of DNS repo
%(rsync)sPath to the rsync
%(vsc_path)sPath to the VCS tool

Commands will be executed from noc system user. Current directory will be set to the DNS repo root.
See DNS Server Setup for Provisioning value recomendation

DNS Server Setup


Create SSH key for user noc on server hosting SAE:

noc$ ssh-keygen -t dsa

Create user noc on DNS server. Copy ~noc/.ssh/ key from SAE and place it as ~noc/.ssh/authorized_keys
Create autozones directory in your named chroot jail. autozones directory must be owned by user noc. Create autozones/slave directory, owned by your named user.
Append to the end of your named.conf:

include "autozones/<your dns server name>/autozones.conf";

Initialize mercurial repo in autozones:

noc$ cd autozones
noc$ hg init

Copy hgrc, named-update and named-update.conf from share/dns/bind directory of NOC distribution and place them in autozones/.hg/ directory. Edit hgrc and change changegroup variable to <full sudo path> <full named-update path>.
Edit named-update.conf according your system path. Ensure named-update is executable by root.

Append following line to your sudoers file:

noc ALL = NOPASSWD: <full path to your named-update>

Finally open web interface and set DNS Server Provisioning field to:

%(vcs_path)s push --remotecmd <remote-hg-path> ssh://noc@%(ip)s//var/named/autozones/

Where <remote-hg-path> is a path to hg on DNS Server. Note double slash after ip.
Set DNS Server Autozones Path field to:


Installation complete. All changes will be pushed from NOC repository to DNS server's repository. named-update will be started on every change. named-update checks resulting config and zones. In case of success named-update executes command set as NAMED_RELOAD in named-update.conf (pkill/killall -HUP usually) and forces named to reload zones. In case of failure autozones directory will be reverted to the previous working version.

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