Installing DNS server
does pfsense come with a dns server i could install as i need to resolve local.computers with there hostnames?
when i installed pfsense first i added my isp dns servers in the initial.setup stage so atm im going through to my isp dns servers but if i try to resolve one of my hostnames will it not resolve as its trying to resolve it with my isp dns servers?
pfSense comes with a built-in DNS Forwarder, or you can install either BIND or dns-server from the Packages list.
mmm at the moment my linux machine cant resolve my pc hostname, i have set the two machines to the same dns ip
is it because i havent installed a dns server on my pfsense machine?
You have a Linux box and a pfSense box? Which machine is your DNS, or is that another server? Please describe your systems, WAN/LAN settings etc
i just have a pfsense machine i dont have a linux dns server or for that matter any dns server on my LAN network
my pfsense machine is forwarding to my ISP's dns server but i would really like my own dns server so i can resolve hostnames on my LAN
my WAN is getting a DHCP address from my ISP
my LAN i have set it as a static address and i have enabled DHCP server on that NIC
whats the best dns server you think i should install bind or tinydns?
Unless you have a lot of hosts on your LAN, I would suggest simply enabling the built-in DNS Forwarder and then using some Host Overrides. How many LAN clients do you have?
i have 8 active DHCP leases and 5 static ip addresses
ps. if i was to install a dns package what one would you suggest to install - bind or dns-server, what one is the most common and easier to manage?
The built-in DNS forwarder will work fine at that scale.
Set your DNS Servers to your ISP's (or google, opendns, etc) DNS Servers: System->General Setup->DNS Servers
Set your DHCP Servers to provide the default DNS Servers (leave the DNS server entries blank): Services->DHCP Server (select the appropriate interface)
Enable DNS Forwarder: Services->DNS Forwarder->Enable
Also on the DNS Forwarder page, you can enable registration of DHCP Leases and DHCP static entries in the DNS forwarder. You can also set specific host/DNS overrides at the bottom.
Thanks Derelict i will give this a go