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Re: Network Solutions is now in the wringer

  • From: Stephen Sprunk
  • Date: Sun Mar 28 02:14:02 1999

I believe Vixie stated (back in November) that all of the root server
operators now manually FTP the files from NSI and load them as local masters
after manual verification
(  I
don't believe it's been stated publicly whether they keep backup copies, but
I'd be surprised if none of them did.

Paul?  Care to comment?


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-----Original Message-----
From: Dean Robb <[email protected]>
To: Sean Donelan <[email protected]>
Cc: [email protected] <[email protected]>
Date: Saturday, March 27, 1999 22:18
Subject: Re: Network Solutions is now in the wringer

>At 01:22 3/27/99 -0600, Sean Donelan wrote:
>>[email protected] (Dean Robb) writes:
>>>While not a network operator, I think it would be most prudent to
>>>and discuss (among those who ARE netops) what do to if, say, the root
>>>server were suddenly comletely unaccessible for several days/permanently
>>>for *whatever* reason.
>>Duh, isn't that why there is more than one root server in the world?
>My concern is with the master server that NSI operates.  My hope was that a
>netop who *didn't* have a contingency plan might start putting one
>>However I feel some people confuse the data in the root servers, with
>>the databases used to generate those zone files.  There is a subtle, but
>>important difference.  And why simply copying the zone files is not
>So who has copies of the databases?  If NSI's master (the a-root?) is
>unavailable, new domains obviously wouldn't propagate, but how long can the
>other root servers go without getting an update?  Does the system as
>currently configured *require* some server somewhere to be the master and
>is there one that can take over if NSI's are toast?
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