secondary

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secondary enables serving a zone retrieved from a primary server.

Description

With secondary you can transfer (via AXFR) a zone from another server. The retrieved zone is not committed to disk (a violation of the RFC). This means restarting CoreDNS will cause it to retrieve all secondary zones.

Syntax

secondary [ZONES...]
  • ZONES zones it should be authoritative for. If empty, the zones from the configuration block are used. Note that without a remote address to get the zone from, the above is not that useful.

A working syntax would be:

secondary [zones...] {
    transfer from ADDRESS
}
  • transfer from specifies from which address to fetch the zone. It can be specified multiple times; if one does not work, another will be tried. Transfering this zone outwards again can be done by enableing the transfer plugin.

When a zone is due to be refreshed (Refresh timer fires) a random jitter of 5 seconds is applied, before fetching. In the case of retry this will be 2 seconds. If there are any errors during the transfer in, the transfer fails; this will be logged.

Examples

Transfer example.org from 10.0.1.1, and if that fails try 10.1.2.1.

example.org {
    secondary {
        transfer from 10.0.1.1 10.1.2.1
    }
}

Or re-export the retrieved zone to other secondaries.

example.net {
    secondary {
        transfer from 10.1.2.1
    }
    transfer {
        to *
    }
}

Bugs

Only AXFR is supported and the retrieved zone is not committed to disk.

Also See

See the transfer plugin to enable zone transfers to other servers.