Why do I get a SERVFAIL response when using the dig utility to resolve non-qualified hostnames on our local network?

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The dig utility requires a query of the FQDN (Fully-Qualified Domain Name) hostnames, because it disregards any domain or search statements specified in the /etc/resolv.conf file. The behavior being seen is by design.

For example, assume that the local DNS domain is somedomain.com. On a server in that domain whose FQDN hos...

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