M$ Cannot Keep a DNS Server Running Yet Many Trust M$ With Their IT

A DNS service is a simple server/cluster with a configuration. It’s easy. It’s a well-defined protocol. Yet M$’s cloud came crashing down because of a failure of DNS for hours. Was there no one awake to reboot the servers? I have run BIND 9 many times on my LAN and never had it fail. Maybe M$ should try Debian GNU/Linux instead of its own dogfood. I see three current bug reports on Debian’s bug tracking system: one for a fix when multiple instances are run, one when a misconfiguration prevents killing the process and one wishing for the newest version of Berkely DB to be used. That is, no one has any issues with the thing doing its job in the normal way. If M$ cannot use its software to run its systems flawlessly, why should you rely on them to run your systems? Is a discount going to make up for your loss of productivity?

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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3 Responses to M$ Cannot Keep a DNS Server Running Yet Many Trust M$ With Their IT

  1. oiaohm says:

    JairJy issue is google outage was something serous. Storage had gone off line in a way google had never seen before.

    DNS failures are something you are meant to have automatic tests being run against on large clusters. So even if a human is not there back up servers and other cures should have been done by software.

    Reason no matter how good the dns server is the hardware it is on can develop issues. Historically this has happened a lot.

    Quality of service standards if you dig threw the ISO standards for it. Yes DNS is one of the things to get one of the ISO numbers you are ment to have.

    Down because of why. DNS is a very bad answer. Now if DNS does not have automated monitoring what else is not monitored? Maybe not smart state of hard drives? Reason you know they are not working by the official standards to run a data center.

  2. JairJy says:

    So, Microsoft is dommed because Hotmail where down by 3 hours. Ok. Like GMail hasn’t never have been down before.

  3. kolter.online says:

    I would argue, that in a corporate environment where you have more than one DNS server anyway, to make it heterogeneous.

    Last year, we encountered an issue that affected windows dns servers – a default configuration that disallowed an old and common type of lookup. We skirted the issue with a registry hack, since you couldn’t configure it using any of the GUI tools.

    My suggestion to the boss was to switch the secondary (if not the primary) DNS over to linux, (and leave the other one as MS) so that we could always have at least one server not affected by the latest shenanigans.

    suggestion went no where. :/

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