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     This is a pretty quick and basic description.  The most
     important records are the A, MX and CNAME.  You can probably
     figure out how the DNS database entry works.

     SOA    Start Of Authority.  Is probably the most complicated
            portion of the DNS database to understand.  SDF takes
            care of this record for you.

     A      Address record.  The IP address for a host or domain.

     MX     Mail Exchanger.  The host who handles mail for your
            domain/hosts.  There is a numeric value before the 
            MX host to specify preference (typically 75 for
            a primary, and 100 for a secondary)

     CNAME  Canonical Name - an equivilent host name.

     A typical database (without the SOA) might look like this:

     $ORIGIN mydomain.org.

     foo	IN	A
		IN	MX	75   foo.mydomain.org.
		IN	MX	100  mail.anotherhost.org.
     bar	IN	CNAME	foo.mydomain.org.

     Notice that the "." at the end of text is of importance.
     the $ORIGIN is a tag in the database, which tells the nameserver
     that all information following needs to have 'mydomain.org.'
     appended to the initial tag (id est, foo.mydomain.org. instead
     of just 'foo').

     In the above example, host 'foo' has an address of and
     its favourite mail exchanger is itself.  In the event that it
     is unavailable, its second favourite mail exchanger is
     'mail.anotherhost.org' which lives outside of this database.

     Host 'bar' in basically just an equivilent name for 'foo' .. although
     you could of just had another A and MX records for 'bar', this is
     the most efficient and clean way to build your database.


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