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  • From: Dale <dweide9 AT>
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  • Subject: [opennic-discuss] Fwd: server setup
  • Date: Mon, 30 Jan 2012 20:23:39 -0500 (EST)
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Hi all,
Boy, I can see why most people need their website hosted. This DNS crap can
drive a person nuts!
So I updated my ISP with what Amrit & Alex said & below is his response. In
my control panel there is only info regarding name servers,
their settings & whether I choose to use my own or opennics, & I chose
opennic's servers. There is no place to put in my static ip address. It
sounds like what he is saying, is that everything needs to be correct &
working between opennic's name servers & my computer before an rDNS will work
on his end. Does it sound like I am reading him correctly & if so, is he


-----Original Message-----
From: David T <davidterc AT>
To: 'Dale' <dweide9 AT>
Sent: Mon, Jan 30, 2012 9:55 am
Subject: RE: [opennic-discuss] server setup

>From what I’m gathering from this, you need to have a domain/subdomain that
>points back at your static IP, and once that is in place, I can set the rDNS
>up with that domain that is properly set, otherwise the system will not
>allow it.


From: Dale [mailto:dweide9 AT]
Sent: Saturday, January 28, 2012 8:07 PM
To: support AT
Subject: Fwd: [opennic-discuss] server setup

Hi David,

First I want to say thank you for your patience on this.

Below is the response I got from Amrit, a knowledgeable gentleman on this
subject. He is not aware that 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 please read what he wrote below, but in
order for my domain name to work, it appears essential that Napanet create a
PTR. Here is what my file looks like, which I'm assuming is somewhat similar
to what you would need to create (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

There is also some info from Alex, below what Amrit sent. I am including it,
but to me it just seems to muddy the water.

Thanks again for working with me on this, & I owe you a 6-pack (or case?) of
the finest beer. Which for you would be what?


From: Amrit Panesar <apanesar AT>

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
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,
per your rDNS, you either need to make a reverse look up zone with a PTR
for your IP OR (in what I believe is the proper way to do this) have your ISP
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
OpenNIC domain.
Good Luck!

And this was from Alex:
thats not a rDNS, you cant do: point to, thats

rDNS is, if you have the ip you can request your reverse
dns like -> and both must be syncronized

ip --> DNS
DNS --> ip

and then do what Amrit said.
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
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
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
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, 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
> David Tercovich
> Systems Administrator
> Napanet Internet Services
> 947 Lincoln Ave. Napa, CA 94558
> 707-299-1000 x103

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