DNS Views

Monday 20th November 2006

DNS Views

Zaeem introduced me to DNS views recently and I'm suddenly in love with the concept and have loads of ideas for making use of it. The basic idea is that you return different DNS results depending on certain criteria, such as the source network or IP address. As an example, this allows you to direct people to different websites or servers, depending on where they are coming from.

The way I plan to use it is to have my US server, which has better bandwidth and is closer to the rest of the world, be the main server for everyone, while my server here in Pakistan will serve requests for those visiting from within Pakistan. That should make things faster for everybody, in addition to providing a backup in case one site is down.

It should also help in the unfortunate (and unlikely, for now) event that the authorities decide to block my websites. Thank you Zaeem.


On 20th November 2006, at 17:12pm PKT, Zaeem said:

you are welcome..another recommendation..stop using slackware...it hurts!!

On 20th November 2006, at 23:18pm PKT, Sajjad said:

Zaeem, again, it's my preference. Distro wars are as useless as arguing which car is the best. Everyone has their own preferences and you can't force someone to go with yours.

On 21st November 2006, at 14:18pm PKT, Atif said:

Great stuff. Thanks Zaeem. Btw whats zaeems favorite distro?

On 21st November 2006, at 17:32pm PKT, Waqas Toor said:

i thought it would help,
2ndly its was way over my head .. you idea is cool but what about synchronizaion ?
same issue we got when we updated that un eathquake site on 2 servers ... i guess didnt knew about that then :)

On 22nd November 2006, at 12:23pm PKT, Sajjad said:

I have thought about synchronization and files shouldn't be an issue. I'll just run rsync periodically to sync all templates and other such files.

For sites that store content in a single database, I guess I'll use one database for both and hope no locking issues arise. That'll also mean that the mirror accessing the db remotely will be slower. Anyway, it's a cool thing to test out even if I'm not successfull at it.

On 24th November 2006, at 12:04pm PKT, Tayyab said:

well guyz don kno much about the TECHNOLOGY see iam a finance guy but i have learnt "ZAEEM" my cousin was useful in some way !!!! great I AM HAPPY :)

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