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Thursday, March 08, 2007

Me and DNS

Thursday, March 08, 2007 Posted by Ismail Habib , 14 comments
Several weeks ago I had a problem with DNS (Domain Name Service). Because of some situation I had, I couldn't get the access to the ISP DNS Server. That's why I used to use some free DNS server somewhere else. I was quite happy with this until one time the DNS Server performed poorly. I experienced some failure names tracking and some downtimes. Since I use 80% of my life surfing in the net (Okay, I'm exaggerating...) this is quite disturbing. I tried to find some more free public DNS but none of them could satisfy me.

Frustrated, another idea popped up in my mind. Rather than using some external DNS Servers, why don't I just try to make one for myself? Being 100% aware that I couldn't create my own DNS software for my XP system, I tried to find some on the net (How did I do that without DNS Server?). Then I found a very good application called SimpleDNS and there goes my problem. Finished? not yet... SimpleDNS is not a free software, and it only gave me 15 days trial (actually it expired in one days, strange enough huh?). Therefore I tried to find an alternative: BIND. Unlike SimpleDNS, BIND is not that easy to use, especially when you're not in the mood to do that. Luckily, after some extensive search, I found Treewalk, a program that's perfectly fit to my requirements! It's easy, simple, and on top of that... it also free for personal use.

For you who want to find an alternative, I found this website: OpenDNS which I think quite promising though I never use it. My only regret is that I found this website quite long enough after I overcame my DNS problem... :P

14 comments:

  1. Anonymous2:01 AM

    Ahh, but you should give us a try! ;-)

    -david ulevitch (of opendns.com)

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  2. lol... never thought that someone from opendns will see my blog. I'll give a try then.

    Thanks

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  3. Anonymous10:09 PM

    opendns has been a lifesaver for me!

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  4. so, you've tried it yet? care to share ur experience and pov (point of view) ?

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  5. Nice sharing.If you need to check the website DNS query visit the site WhoisXY.com and get it.

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