Automatic forwarder configuration

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Since FreeBSD 7.3-RELEASE, it has been possible to automatically setup a forwarding nameserver simply by adding

named_enable="YES"
named_auto_forward="YES"

to /etc/rc.conf. This allows you to utilize a local resolver for better performance, and decreased network traffic while still relying on the benefits of your local network resolver.

When named is started, a forwarder configuration file is generated by using the the contents of /etc/resolv.conf

Modify /etc/resolv.conf so that the first nameserver queried is 127.0.0.1 which will be the caching nameserver running on the local system.

search example.com
nameserver 127.0.0.1
nameserver 8.8.8.8
nameserver 208.67.222.222
nameserver 208.67.220.220

The file will be saved as /etc/namedb/auto_forward.conf. Make sure this file is included by uncommenting the following in in /etc/named.conf

include "/etc/namedb/auto_forward.conf";

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