Stilgherrian (@stilgherrian)

Wentworth Falls NSW AU

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September 24th, 2010

[While my data centre @servepath provides secondaries for free, I must raise tickets and coordinate every change, and I am over it.]

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So, I have 110 domains for which I need a secondary DNS. I’m thinking a basic Linode box for $20pm would be the easiest. Any dissent?

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I make a slow entrance.

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Well after that confusion, and some timing tests which say this’ll take longer than planned, I’ll call it a night.

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@servepath Sure, Michael, I’ll zap through the details shortly. While I’m still awake. :)

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@benmcginnes Yes, thank you for your email. The info will come in handy though, cheers.

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@Pardus1980 This is a CentOS 5.5 box with cPanel/WHM, and @servepath’s install image should’ve had that symlink idiocy sorted out.

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Sick of my deep geekery? Read my ABC thing on the NBN being too bold for timid modern Australia. http://arseh.at/b0

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For those playing at home, the glitch? /etc/named.conf had not been symlinked to /var/named/chroot/etc/named.conf, the arsehats!

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S O L V E FUCKING D!

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@benmcginnes Indeed, the config “should” be easy. ;) I’m an old hand at DNS, really, but something about the split-view I’m not grokking.

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@jonoabroad All cool. :) But this is just a minor glitch to an otherwise well-established infrastructure and set of procedures.

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@jonoabroad Adding an external DNS means additional maintenance work when anything changes.

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@jonoabroad This is a cPanel/WHM hosting server. It runs its own DNS so changes are integrated to clients doing their own subdomains etc.

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@jeamland I wouldn’t mind being eaten by an AXFR, because at least then I would know that an AXFR is bloody well happening!

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@benmcginnes I don’t have that O’Reilly, but there’s lots of material online which I am working on. The new split-view BIND is baffling me.

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Now… Dear Little BIND… [pats] When you have a server’s IP in an allow-transfer list, YOU DO NOT SAY “ZONE TRANSFER DENIED”, OK? [KICKS]

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I am slowly winning this battle against the Domain Name System. Slowly.

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@Chesty48 That is like approaching a carpenter busy making a chest of drawers from wood, and offering a earwax remover. Wrong tool.

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Aha! Half of the network configuration disappeared after that last restart. It clearly wasn’t nailed down correctly!

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Thank you for the tip re listen-on, @kofeyh @thepatus @DanielOCnr … I’m slowly getting closer to solving this weirdness.

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I see that BIND is not listening on all the IP addresses it needs to be listening on, so it does not hear. Now, to fix that…?

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Mobile: Enmore Rd for a quick lunch, and back again.

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, @servepath run a damn efficient data centre.

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@garthk No no, add in the nameserver now. They’ll have this beast back online shortly and I’m still on track for tonight.

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Ah well, at least I have time for some reading now, until the chaps in the data centre fix my little, erm, oopsie.

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Oh poo I broke it.

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@Tamarajawad See! Challenge turns into a lead story. I still think it’s funny Lynch expects me to “do journalism” 24/7.

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@RobertCandelori So to answer the question the article actually asks, who are the Australians making bold moves today?

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I am now at the point where I need a keyboard shortcut for “vi /etc/named.conf”, it’s that kind of day.

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I’ll definitely read your “The Aussie who sold mobile phones to North Korea” @Davidramli http://arseh.at/b1 Tonight, over a cuppa!

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Oh, I am at ABC Unleashed: “NBN: too bold for timid Australia?” Warning: contains history. http://arseh.at/b0

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Have I ever mentioned how much I hate the entire Domain Name System? Forget the NBN, save $100B by getting rid of domain names!

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I should perhaps have also warned people that today will be a very deep-geek day for me and not necessarily fun to watch.

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@flare2004 Ta for that. I don’t think any clients are using svn. In any event we can turn off mod_security per account, it says.

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@flare2004 You say “sometimes mod_security is more of a hindrance than a help” because…? Breaks common stuff?

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@AUSFestivus I’d heard something about glue not being needed too, but Enetica’s gTLD interface won’t let me add the new DNS. Botheration.

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The helpful people at ConfigServer will then do a security harden, performance tune and spam filter upgrade. http://arseh.at/ax

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I should probably have mentioned that this is all within cPanel/WHM and I like to stick to defaults as much as possible.

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@jeamland Thank you, Sir, I have chosen Dovecot. Now, to get this DNS problem resolved [hah! pun!] and I can start testing.

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@garystark I have 40-odd clients on a shared box I manage, including my own stuff. I still like having the dedicated, non-virtual machine.

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Pondering Courier versus Dovecot. This is going to be one of those days. Did I say that earlier? I did.

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Fri plan: Configure this new hosting server, prior to migrating accounts tonight; recording for “Patch Monday”; minor client webby work.

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@garystark Yes. Glue and registration. Thanks. My poor little DNS box is being replaced after six years and I’m rusty.

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Thanks for the secondary DNS suggestions so far. I shall check them out, all of them, later this morning. More suggestions welcome too.

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