Definition for Delegation and Stub-Zone

jescabjescab Inactive Imported Users Posts: 1,321
Can anyone give a good explanation of Delegation and Stub-Zone, please? Also when to use them.


  • agustinchernitskyagustinchernitsky Member Posts: 299
    Delegation: you own zone. Next morning your company opens a branch office in Argentina. The domain for the branch office will be and you want the network admins in Arg to manage that domain. -> Delegate to the DNS servers in Argentina, where the network admins have full control of the zone.

    Stub zones: and do a jointventure. modifies its NS servers often and they also add new ones. Your least administrative effort solution to provide a quick resolution of is to create a stub zone that points to one of their dns.

    The stub zone reads the NS records of the other domain and keeps that updated.
  • Danman32Danman32 Member Posts: 1,243
    Stub zones are often used in conjunction with delegated zones. This way the server(s) holding the parent zone will have references to the NSs for the delegated zone, since the delegate could add additional servers.
  • agustinchernitskyagustinchernitsky Member Posts: 299
    Well, it depends on what you want to do...

    If you want to do the "less admin effort" -> Stub zone instead of deleation... Wasn't there a difference on the authority result that the DNS responded? I think that for stubs, it was a non-auth and for delegated an authorative response... or the other way round??

    Also, with stub zones you can shorten the name resolution paths:
    |                                     |
    SubA----------------                 SubB-----------
    |         |         |                  |           |
    |         |         |                  |           |
    Subc    subD      subE                 subF        subG

    If you are in subF.subB.root you can speed up resolutions by creating a stub zone to SubE domain.
  • Danman32Danman32 Member Posts: 1,243
    A zone copy designated as the type stub will only contain name server records pointing to servers that had the actual zone data. The stub zone actively updates the NS records within itself as new authoritive name servers are added.

    Think of stub zones as reference zones with automatic updates.

    Delegated zones also can be thought of as reference zones, but they are static. They are more like placeholders.
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