If you’re reading this, you’re lucky. Either your DNS entry is cached or you’ve already received updates. You see, I’ve run DNS out of the House of the Rising Smolder for years now with nary a problem. Last week, I started getting intermittent outages which sometimes required rebooting the server, sometimes just required restarting the DNS service, sometimes required holding my head at the right angle.
Today, I noticed the Reverse Lookup Zones were fubar. This was by complete accident as the DNS manager told me so while I was randomly smashing buttons in anger. So I fixed it to the best of my knowledge and viola! 30 minutes of visibility to the outside world. Then… poof.
The failover failed while failing. So I reconuberated the isoteric honimizer and recalibrated the ionic differentials to no avail. I pushed, I pulled, I teased and sussed, and after hours of frustrating wheel spinning, I had an epiphany!
You see, it’s been years since I was a tried and true webmaster, with all the fancy certifications. I’d not touched the damned thing in so long, I had totally forgotten the difference between an A record and a CNAME. I was banging my head trying to remember how to use nslookup to figure out what was going wrong where. And in a fit of frustration, I came to the conclusion that I can still run my server here, I just need to let someone else handle the DNS stuff.
So, I switched everything over to GoDaddy.com since that’s who I use as my registrar anyway. It will take a day or two for the records to propagate through all the Interweb Tubes, so if you could do me a favor and leave me a comment here that you’re seeing this, it’ll help me gage when the rest of the world is once again basking in my glory.