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DNS server problems

Hello all: We run a few DNS servers, two in our main office and one DNS server in each of our two branch offices. When I start the DNSDHCP console, one of our branch office DNS servers shows down, but from the server console "rcnovell-named status" shows it is running. If I restart the DNS service on this server, the DNSDHCP console will show it as up. However, a few minutes later, if I restart the DNSDHCP console it will again show as down. I do not have this problem with the other three DNS servers. BTW, all servers are running OES2 SP3. Nothing in our DNS configuration has changed in the last year. Any thoughts?

Also, in the same branch office experiencing the above problem, new computers installed in the office are not registering with DNS. "ipconfig /registerdns" does not register with DNS. The computers are running XP and I do have the system setup to register to our internal DNS suffix. Any ideas on this? Are the two problems related?

Thanks for the help, Chris.
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I never trust the dnsdhcp console's status on the servers.

Regarding registering with DNS, you need to make sure your DDNS is setup correctly and that the DHCP server is allowed to update the zones in DNS under the control lists. If you go to support.novell.com and search for ddns there is a tid there to walk you through the process.
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Hi,

I too never trust the server status in the console, particularly over WAN links.

Take a look at this: https://www.novell.com/support/kb/doc.php?id=3372644

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Laura Buckley

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DDNS is setup properly per Novell docs.


>>> joharmon<joharmon@no-mx.forums.novell.com> 9/12/2013 12:26 PM >>>


I never trust the dnsdhcp console's status on the servers.

Regarding registering with DNS, you need to make sure your DDNS is setup
correctly and that the DHCP server is allowed to update the zones in DNS
under the control lists. If you go to support.novell.com and search for
ddns there is a tid there to walk you through the process.


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cmosentine;2282278 wrote:
DDNS is setup properly per Novell docs.


>>> joharmon<joharmon@no-mx.forums.novell.com> 9/12/2013 12:26 PM >>>


I never trust the dnsdhcp console's status on the servers.

Regarding registering with DNS, you need to make sure your DDNS is setup
correctly and that the DHCP server is allowed to update the zones in DNS
under the control lists. If you go to support.novell.com and search for
ddns there is a tid there to walk you through the process.


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So.. getting any errors? If so, what are they? It is just a guessing game without any details.
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>>So.. getting any errors? If so, what are they? It is just a guessing

>>game without any details.


Looked in /var/log/messages.log and saw no errors. Are there other logs which may give me more clues?
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cmosentine;2282505 wrote:
>>So.. getting any errors? If so, what are they? It is just a guessing

>>game without any details.


Looked in /var/log/messages.log and saw no errors. Are there other logs which may give me more clues?


/var/opt/novell/log/named/named.run

Might have to enable debug if there isn't anything in there that will help.
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OK - found the issue. My primary dns server is reporting "edirectory not available for zone: failure". I changed the primary to my second dns server and now the workstations are registering properly. The question now is - What is broken to cause this error?


>>> joharmon<joharmon@no-mx.forums.novell.com> 9/16/2013 1:26 PM >>>


cmosentine;2282505 Wrote:

> >>So.. getting any errors? If so, what are they? It is just a

> guessing
>

> >>game without any details.

>
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> Looked in /var/log/messages.log and saw no errors. Are there other logs
> which may give me more clues?


/var/opt/novell/log/named/named.run

Might have to enable debug if there isn't anything in there that will
help.


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