LKBEN10963: Howto configure a BIND DNS server for internal name resolution with a domain registered internally and externally.


You cannot query an internal server because the domain is used externally to.


This happens when you use the same DNS domain name internal and external.


With bind you can add a new zone which is configured to forward only. The record it points to should be internal. Please note that you cannot query the external ISP DNS server anymore with this configuration! For a zone which is registered internal and externally this is by design.

zone "" {

    type forward;

    forward only;

    forwarders { <your internal DNS server here>; };



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Author: Wim Peeters - Keskon GmbH & Co. KG

Wim Peeters is electronics engineer with an additional master in IT and over 30 years of experience, including time spent in support, development, consulting, training and database administration. Wim has worked with SQL Server since version 6.5. He has developed in C/C++, Java and C# on Windows and Linux. He writes knowledge base articles to solve IT problems and publishes them on the Lubby Knowledge Platform.