On Fri, Oct 22, 1999 at 11:19:22AM +1300, Richard Stevenson wrote:
I figured that you may all want to know that
rata.vuw.ac.nz, one of the
secondary nameservers for the nz ccTLD, will be out of service for an
undetermined period of time tomorrow evening (Saturday 23 October 1999).
Nice to have some warning on this. However, 24 hours is a little
slim for an event that will take out 1/6 of all recursive lookups
on nz names "for an undetermined period", isn't it?
I'm not trying to shoot the messenger. It's really good that you
mailed this to the list. It does sound like someone at VUW needs
to have RFC2010 shouted at them.
The NS records for nz. on the root servers have a TTL of 48 hours,
so there's not even any point in pulling the NS records from there,
even if it was conceivable that you could find the right people
to make it happen in anything like a short space of time.
The only realistic alternative is for someone else to advertise
vuw's routes over the weekend, and have a secondary nameserver
numbered as 220.127.116.11 ready to answer queries for the time
vuw is off the air...
... or maybe for Domainz to put their corporate foot down and say
"don't mess with New Zealand's root servers".
Sigh. The whole thing sounds very mickey mouse to me. Anybody would
think that the NZ internet was an amateur hobbyist's network.
As part of our Y2K preparations, management here has
decided that all of our
core systems should be shut down, powered off, left to cool, and then
restarted, to see what breaks. This will all happen tomorrow night. The
shutdown and startup procedures will be carried out by unqualified staff (i.e.
not even Unix-literate) as an experiment in system documentation standards.
That's just plain scary.
I hope to see you all on the other side.
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