I'll start this with an example of what we are trying to achieve:
http://domain.ext where ".ext" is custom, in example .loc or .hrd or .one, ect.
My first impression is to create a zone for "loc" and just make sub-domains, but I don't want to go that route unless I have to. I just want for everyone in this network to type in the address I set for my dns. I created a zone "domain.loc" (where domain is an example for the name that I actually used)
I can ping "domain.loc" from the server hosting the dns with success
I have my netgear router with the dns setting configured to point first at my dns/web server "192.168.36.50" and secondary dns points to opendns.
I have dhcp enabled for all computers except the dns/web server which is static
I prefer to not go through the internet to resolve a local intranet domain name, hence the use of bind9 and lack of interest of paying to create a custom domain extension with ICANN
I'll update this post if I feel there's confusion.
The primary questions here are:
Is there a better way to use a custom domain extension on a local intranet?
In what ways can you create and use a custom domain extension on a local intranet?