Re: Microsoft DNS vs others

Eric Fagan ( (no email) )
Thu, 8 Jan 1998 13:40:06 -0700

Just to throw in my three cents: I've used MS DNS about two years. I had
occasional trouble with it initially -- especially after Internic root DNS
burps. It would apparently forget the addresses of the root servers (or
just ignore them) and return "no record" errors on looking up sites that
weren't cached or that had expired in cache. This would continue long after
the root DNS problems had been resolved.
Upon recommendation from someone in this list (who deserves many thanks
although I can't recall his name) - I created a local primary zone called & inserted the names & addresses of all root servers.
Since that time (8+ months ago?) I've had not a problem nor fault...
Performance is great, even under load, even using an old Cyrix166 box to run
the thing... It doesn't seem to have any problems talking to the Unix
machine acting as secondary.
All I can say 'bout the MS DNS is that I've currently got no complaints.
Read into that what you will.


p.s. Someone recommended grabbing a copy of O'Reilley's "DNS and BIND" -- I
second that motion. It doesn't matter if you're using a GUI DNS or some
Unix port, ya still need to understand the fundamentals, otherwise it's all
in vain.