[ntp:questions] 3 Questions about setting up NTP
mayer at ntp.isc.org
Wed Apr 9 11:46:24 UTC 2008
Richard B. Gilbert wrote:
> Danny Mayer wrote:
>> Setting up DNS doesn't take much effort to set up though admittedly I
>> also have worked on the source code.
> Setting up a DNS server on VMS and TCP/IP Services was an experience
> I'll carry to my grave. We had been using the server operated by our
> upstream provider until they decided that the load was more than they
> could handle.
Well VMS is a bit different! I used UCX at the time! :)
> This was ca. September 1998. I had no training or experience but
> neither did anyone else at the site and I got stuck with the job!
> The documentation didn't say much about it and most of what it did say
> was either incomplete or just flat out wrong! It was obviously written
> by someone who had never done the job.
> The software, as issued, was broken. I wound up upgrading to the very
> latest version of VMS plus the very latest ECO (13) for TCP/IP Services.
> I spent a lot of time on the phone with third level tech support, a
> wizard named Smiley Smith and, ultimately, with the developer.
> I had to do it again, a year or so later and it was none too easy the
> second time around either! Copies of "DNS and BIND" and RFCs 1032,
> 1033, 1034, 1035, and 1183 were my constant companions. I still have
> the big three-ring binder with all that stuff in it. Who knows, I might
> need it again someday although I hope not unless someone is sufficiently
> desperate to pay two or three times my usual rates!
Assuming that this was BIND4 or BIND8 I would not be at all surprised.
Paul and I are old VMS hackers and have several times discussed porting
BIND9 to VMS. Implemented DECThreads code would have been interesting.
It will probably never happen as it's a dying O/S unfortunately.
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