[ntp:questions] http://www.ntp.org/ => a blank page?

Richard B. Gilbert rgilbert88 at comcast.net
Mon Mar 9 18:02:58 UTC 2009

Danny Mayer wrote:
> Richard B. Gilbert wrote:
>>> You are dependent on the ISP's DNS being up and able to respond. Since
>>> you can make the queries yourself why bother with their DNS? If there's
>>> no connectivity all queries will fail. I'm not sure how the idea of
>>> going to one's ISP for DNS service got started but it doesn't make a lot
>>> of sense from a network point of view. Almost all queries are unlikely
>>> to be shared with other users of the ISP so it's not faster and you have
>>> added a single point of failure to your network.
>> Where, other than your ISP, would you go for DNS?  If you are a home 
>> user what choices do you have?  If you are responsible for a multi-user 
>> site it may make sense to operate your own DNS?  I'm working from a 
>> two-user site and using my ISP's DNS.  I'm paying Comcast for internet 
>> access and I consider name service to be part of the package; so, 
>> evidently, does Comcast.
> If all you need are external DNS addresses, etc. then you just use your
> ISP's DNS. What we are talking about is if you are already running your
> own DNS for internal nodes and for external name resolution as well.
> When you do that you don't need to forward your requests to your ISP as
> there is no benefit to doing so as you are already running a DNS which
> can do that for you.

Been there, done that!  At a MUCH larger site.  My little two user site 
doesn't really need its own DNS server.

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