Server Pointing

CA may have gone down for some of you. (It hasn’t for me.) We think that we’ve fixed the problem which was due to DNS pointing.

21 Comments

  1. Robinson
    Posted Dec 17, 2007 at 2:58 PM | Permalink | Reply

    Yup it did for me. Obviously it’s back up now :)).

  2. woodentop
    Posted Dec 17, 2007 at 4:09 PM | Permalink | Reply

    Been down all day here in frosty Scotland, 9am – 10pm GMT.

  3. Alan Bates
    Posted Dec 17, 2007 at 4:47 PM | Permalink | Reply

    Logged on 3 times during the day and got through each time from frosty west midlands of England.

    What has Scotland done to deserve it?

    (England/Scotland joke – just)

    Alan

  4. jeez
    Posted Dec 17, 2007 at 5:09 PM | Permalink | Reply

    It was down all day from Toronto–Hotel and jobsite.

  5. Anthony Watts
    Posted Dec 17, 2007 at 5:14 PM | Permalink | Reply

    It should all be fixed now, I’ve setup a backup DNS server for CA, and Steve and I are taking steps to bulletproof the setup. The problem started with a billing issue for the old location where CA used to be hosted. They pulled the plug finally, but the DNS server went with it. Luckily I have resources at my disposal to setup a new one within minutes.

    Unfortunately the “trickle through” nature of TTL (time to live) DNS entries takes awhile to get updated on ISP’s and PC’s web wide, so some may take as long as 12 hours to get refreshed with new DNS entries.

  6. Anthony Watts
    Posted Dec 17, 2007 at 5:16 PM | Permalink | Reply

    BTW, the new high bandwidth dedicated CA server I setup in August did not fail, it was just domain name to IP address resolving that was messed up due to previous ISP/hosting having control over that.

  7. _Jim
    Posted Dec 17, 2007 at 5:27 PM | Permalink | Reply

    Anthony –

    Is the IP address dynamic or is it static to the point where I/we could code it in our local “hosts” file?

    Coding/entering it in the local hosts file releievs the necessity for an application to query a remote Domain Name Server but rather will use the assignments hard-coded in the hosts file. I had to do this at work recently on an XP box when some named non-routable 192 servers in our building were being incorrectly ‘resolved’ because of some malicious code …

  8. Anthony Watts
    Posted Dec 17, 2007 at 5:39 PM | Permalink | Reply

    It is static, 38.114.169.124 should work for the hosts file.

  9. jeez
    Posted Dec 17, 2007 at 6:33 PM | Permalink | Reply

    zoneedit.com is an excellent dns host, and you can configure the TTL to make it much shorter.

  10. Posted Dec 17, 2007 at 7:30 PM | Permalink | Reply

    Whew, first Dr. Timothy Ball couldn’t appear on the SciGuy’s great climate”debate”, then CA disappeared. My first thought was the AGW putsch had commenced. Hey, after reading Mayer Hillman’s comments to Local Transport Today, it’s easy to be paranoid:

    “Transport policy-makers should start preparing now for a dramatic reduction in motorised travel that will be brought about by carbon rationing, one of the country’s leading environmental thinkers told LTT this week.
    “Just start reading the runes because what’s going to happen is the demand for road, rail and air travel is going to start falling away just as soon as we have rationing,” says Mayer Hillman in an interview with the magazine.

    Hillman, senior fellow emeritus at the Policy Studies Institute, says carbon rationing is the only way to ensure that the world avoids the worst effects of climate change. And he says that the problems caused by burning fossil fuels are so serious that governments might have to implement rationing against the will of the people.

    When the chips are down I think democracy is a less important goal than is the protection of the planet from the death of life, the end of life on it,” he says. “This has got to be imposed on people whether they like it or not.”

  11. Geoff Sherrington
    Posted Dec 17, 2007 at 7:36 PM | Permalink | Reply

    The outage gave me a fright in sunny Australia. I posted a short joke about Steve McI and snow, which it repeated in draft and final form, then shut me out. The joke was not all that offensive, but I thought I must have crossed an unknown boundary of decency and got blackballed (Google that word).

    Frequent trips to the USA and Canadia have long ago convinced me that the Aussie sense of humour is often misunderstood in Nth America. We have fewer problems in Iceland.

  12. Larry Shdldon
    Posted Dec 17, 2007 at 8:33 PM | Permalink | Reply

    For those that put into HOSTS, remember to take it back out before the next IP address change.

    There is a reason why DNS is the better way. Except when it is not.

  13. _Jim
    Posted Dec 17, 2007 at 8:51 PM | Permalink | Reply

    For those that put into HOSTS, remember to take it back out before the next IP address change.

    Yes; good advice.

    The bigger trick is finding the thing (HOSTS file; it moved deeper in the file structure in XP but remains rather shallow in 98SE), then remembering to take off the suffix (the .sam means .SAMple) to make it work …

    At one time I had half a dozen IPs-URLs hard-coded as a result of some DNS’s either getting faulty data, some site owners failing to renew domain names in a timely fashion THEN finding out when the bill was past due as their URL didn’t work out in the ‘world’ anymore!

  14. UK John
    Posted Dec 18, 2007 at 3:34 AM | Permalink | Reply

    Locked out all Monday. I thought it was something I said! Probably Was!

    All OK now

  15. Geoff Sherrington
    Posted Dec 18, 2007 at 4:04 AM | Permalink | Reply

    From # 10

    Hillman needs to see a shrink. This type of statement is highly offensive and indicates mental instability or intake of some substance that I would like to avoid.

    “When the chips are down I think democracy is a less important goal than is the protection of the planet from the death of life, the end of life on it,” he says. “This has got to be imposed on people whether they like it or not.”

    As one lemming said to another, “Let’s follow George, he’s found a faster way”.

  16. Bill Parsons
    Posted Dec 18, 2007 at 10:09 AM | Permalink | Reply

    The joke was not all that offensive, but I thought I must have crossed an unknown boundary of decency and got blackballed

    I was also shut out after some crass attempt at humor, and convinced the server was pointing my way, whatever “pointing” means. With all the professional writers out on strike, one must do the best one can.

  17. MarkW
    Posted Dec 18, 2007 at 10:39 AM | Permalink | Reply

    That was weird. I was locked out all Monday as well. It was working this morning, then I was locked out again for a few more hours.

  18. Tony Edwards
    Posted Dec 18, 2007 at 12:37 PM | Permalink | Reply

    I would like to toss grateful thanks to Anthony Watts who kindly and helpfully led innocents like me through the recovery process. Thanks very much, and it’s nice to be back.

  19. Dave Dardinger
    Posted Dec 18, 2007 at 4:48 PM | Permalink | Reply

    CA was working for me last night when this thread started, but this morning it wasn’t working and just came back. But I went to Anthony’s site and decided to try CA from there. I don’t know if CA came back for that reason or or the DNS server just finally got word.

  20. Lhickey
    Posted Dec 18, 2007 at 6:59 PM | Permalink | Reply

    CA was down all day at work but tonight after 7pm Chicago time, CA was back, but I can’t be sure it’s because the home computer in Naperville on wideopenwest.com does not suffer from the same malaise as the work computer on polysystems.com. I think the same pattern was there Monday.

  21. beng
    Posted Dec 19, 2007 at 7:05 AM | Permalink | Reply

    I can connect & post now, but had problems for a week or more. During that time I found I could connect by dropping the “www” in CA’s address, but got a strange WordPress-less text-like view & also couldn’t post. And no, I didn’t have CA listed on my HOSTS file.

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