What is the purpose of Bind on Solaris 10?

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Old 09-22-2011
What is the purpose of Bind on Solaris 10?

I'm new to Solaris and Linux and I was wondering if someone could explain to me in simple terms what the process Bind is on Solaris 10? Thanks, in advance.
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Old 09-22-2011
bind is the Berkeley Internet name daemon, it is the most popular DNS server in use on Unix servers. It associates IP addresses with hostnames, thereby enabling network connectivity.
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Old 09-22-2011
So if my server is running ldap or another naming service then what is the point of having Bind on my system?
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Old 09-22-2011
LDAP isn't a naming service, it's basically an information store. They provide completely different services, and often you need a DNS server to resolve what IP has to be contacted for the LDAP service.
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Old 09-22-2011
We don't use dns servers to resolve hostname to ip addresses, so I don't see the purpose of having bind on a machine just to have bind unless bind is absolutely for the operation of the OS. Is Bind absolutely needed for the operation of the OS?
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Old 09-22-2011
If you know for a fact your machine shouldn't be serving DNS, I suppose you don't need it.
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Old 09-22-2011
Beware that there is at least another service named bind under Solaris: svc:/network/rpc/bind.
It is unrelated with the DNS and is a remote procedure call service mainly used by NFS.
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