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Re: Renumbering and the Feb 15-16 NANOG meeting

  • From: Matt Zimmerman
  • Date: Tue Feb 20 16:02:11 1996

On Mon, 19 Feb 1996, Craig A. Huegen wrote:

> > If this is that often, perhaps he should be doing his own secondary DNS. 
> Even if you do your own secondary DNS, you still should have off-site 
> backups 'just in case'.

>From what I gather, the customers involved are downstream from, and as such a backup there doesn't seem to be serving much 
purpose.  In the two most probable scenarios of unreachability:

1. has connectivity problems with the world: The "backup" servers 
   aren't reachable either.
2. Customer has connectivity problems with The hosts to be 
   resolved probably aren't reachable anyway.

When it is necessary to maintain a backup nameserver on a network 
administered by someone else, and frequent changes are required for 
maintenance of said nameserver, a system would be necessary to oversee 
such changes.  I don't think that this situation is widespread enough to 
justify standardization.  Most of our customers here have one or two 
domains, and rarely, if ever, add more (excepting the in-addr hierarchy, 
but since we assign them address space anyway, we can't unload that part 
of the duty).

// Matt Zimmerman       Chief of System Management           NetRail, Inc.
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