[opennic-discuss] Fwd: server setup
Dale <dweide9 <at> aim.com>
2012-01-31 01:23:39 GMT
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 freespeech.free 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 right?
From: David T <davidterc <at> napanet.net>
To: 'Dale' <dweide9 <at> aim.com>
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> aim.com]
Sent: Saturday, January 28, 2012 8:07 PM
To: support <at> napanet.net
Subject: Fwd: [opennic-discuss] server setup
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 freespeech.free 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
> ; BIND reverse data file for my local interface
> $TTL 86400
> <at> IN SOA ns1.freespeech.free. dweide9.netscape.net. (
> 2 ; Serial
> 28800 ; Refresh
> 7200 ; Retry
> 604800 ; Expire
> 86400 ) ; Negative Cache TTL
> <at> IN NS ns1.
> <at> IN A 220.127.116.11
> 10 IN PTR ns1.freespeech.free.
There is also some info from Alex, below what Amrit sent. I am including it, but to me it just seems to muddy the
Thanks again for working with me on this, & I owe you a 6-pack (or case?) of the finest beer. Which for you would
From: Amrit Panesar <apanesar <at> 4195tech.com>
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 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 an
And this was from Alex:
thats not a rDNS, you cant do: 18.104.22.168 point to 22.214.171.124, thats
rDNS is, if you have the ip 126.96.36.199 you can request your reverse
dns like -> ns.tier2.dale.com 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> aim.com> 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, so the answer wouldn't be to switch my ISP again.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: David T <davidterc <at> napanet.net>
> To: 'Dale' <dweide9 <at> aim.com>
> Sent: Fri, Jan 27, 2012 2:55 pm
> Subject: RE: server setup
> The system won’t allow us to enter this in:
> The name 188.8.131.52 can not be assigned to 184.108.40.206 because
220.127.116.11 currently points to 18.104.22.168. 22.214.171.124 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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