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  • From: Amrit Panesar <apanesar AT>
  • To: "discuss AT" <discuss AT>
  • Subject: Re: [opennic-discuss] server setup
  • Date: Sun, 29 Jan 2012 10:03:05 -0800
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Your zone looks ok, however your name server record is not a fully qualified
domain name. My recommendation is to use fully qualified domain names for
everything (including replacing the @'s with the FQDN). Also, I'm not
entirely sure if you can have an A record there in your reverse look up file.
Just kinda struck me as odd. Lastly, your serial doesn't appear to be using
an easy to follow convention. Your serial should consist of: yyyymmddrr ; for
example 2012012900 where 00 is the reversion number. Any time you make a
change to your zones, make a note of what day it is. This will help diagnose
any future errors, especially those regarding replication of zones.

And on a side note, I am available to assist via Skype (or other VoIP
services) if needed, feel free to contact me off-list if you are interested.

Good Luck!


Sent from my iPhone

On Jan 28, 2012, at 20:18, Dale <dweide9 AT> wrote:

> Hi Amrit,
> I guess I was wrongly under the assumption that bind was essential in order
> for a webserver to resolve it's domain name. That's why I already have
> bind9 running on my server, it is set as master of my domain, & it has the
> appropriate file with a reverse look up zone & a Pointer Record (PTR), but
> is still unreachable even with all this. So I wrote my ISP
> & said in order for my domain name to work, it appears essential that they
> create a PTR. FYI, here is what my file looks like, which I'm assuming is
> somewhat similar to what my ISP will need to create (I know it should have
> 2 name servers listed but bind threw an error, which resolved when I
> removed it):
>> ; BIND reverse data file for my local interface
>> ;
>> $TTL 86400
>> @ IN SOA (
>> 2 ; Serial
>> 28800 ; Refresh
>> 7200 ; Retry
>> 604800 ; Expire
>> 86400 ) ; Negative Cache TTL
>> ;
>> @ IN NS ns1.
>> @ IN A
>> 10 IN PTR
> Thanks again for your help,
> Dale
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Amrit Panesar <apanesar AT>
> To: discuss <discuss AT>
> Sent: Sat, Jan 28, 2012 9:45 am
> Subject: Re: [opennic-discuss] Fwd: server setup
> The way I can see this playing out is like this:
> Essentially you need to run a Bind9 server. This DNS server will be
> authoritative (master) for your opennic domain(s). Generally, your ISP is
> supposed to set the Pointer Record (PTR) on their own, any time you need to
> change your rDNS, you're supposed to go through them. However, I think
> they're
> trying to delegate (using an NS record) the rDNS to the Tier1 server, this
> is
> not correct. Any Tier1 servers are only authoritative for OpenNIC zones.
> So, as
> per your rDNS, you either need to make a reverse look up zone with a PTR
> record
> for your IP OR (in what I believe is the proper way to do this) have your
> set the PTR on their end.
> Just to reiterate, even if your ISP doesn't resolve OpenNIC zones (though
> you
> should definitely urge them to!), they can still set an rDNS for your ip
> with an
> OpenNIC domain.
> Good Luck!
> --Amrit
> Sent from my iPhone
> On Jan 28, 2012, at 9:20, Dale <dweide9 AT> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I'm hoping someone can help me help my ISP. As per earlier directions from
> Amrit, I contacted my ISP & asked them to set up an rDNS for my home
> webserver.
> Below you'll note that the tech guy requested info for the .free TLD Tier1
> server. I gave this to him but is this the info he really needs? As you can
> see
> below, he was unable to set up the rDNS for me using that server info. Can
> anyone tell what he was doing wrong? I think Amrit felt this was the issue
> after
> seeing the nslookup results that are far below.
>> I just switched to a small local ISP, who gave me a static ip & are quite
> willing to help me (though they may be lacking the technical know-how), so
> the
> answer wouldn't be to switch my ISP again.
>> Dale
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: David T <davidterc AT>
>> To: 'Dale' <dweide9 AT>
>> Sent: Fri, Jan 27, 2012 2:55 pm
>> Subject: RE: server setup
>> The system won’t allow us to enter this in:
>> The name can not be assigned to because
> currently points to must point
> to
>> We don’t have anyone here who would be able to setup something like this
>> for
> you, you would have to look elsewhere unfortunately for guidance on the
> issue.
>> David Tercovich
>> Systems Administrator
>> Napanet Internet Services
>> 947 Lincoln Ave. Napa, CA 94558
>> 707-299-1000 x103
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