What is a DNS Zone File?

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Files that contain the list of all the hosts in your domain, and their corresponding IP address.  Some examples of zone files are:

SOA - Start of Authority. This is the record that states that this server is authorative for the specified domain
NS - Name server: Specifies the name server to use to look up a domain 
MX - Mail Exchange: Specifies mail server(s) for the domain
A - A Record: Used for linking a FQDN to an IP address 
CNAME - Canoical name: Used to assign aliases to existing A records
PTR - Used to reveres map IP addresses to a FQDN
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