Odd DNS problem

NoOp glgxg at sbcglobal.net
Tue Sep 4 19:42:28 UTC 2007

On 09/04/2007 10:08 AM, Ed Smits wrote:
> Just moved to Europe from Canada, got broadband access last night,
> fired up my laptop. I normally run Feisty but have an XP emergency
> dualboot option. Connects to the Internet just fine, however I am
> getting more than the usual number of server not found errors in
> Firefox. Not a big deal until I wanted to download the latest VMWare
> install file, and I can't get to anything at VMWare, server not found.
> I'm physically connected to the modem, set for roaming, so have no
> entries in hosts etc that shouldn't be there. The router is running
> DHCP and DNS, and for the most part I can get to most of the sites I
> need. I assumed the problem was with my ISP's DNS setup, however as a
> test I booted into XP, I can get to VMWare using IE6 with no problem,
> so it seems to be correctly resolving itself. I downloaded the package
> and installed VMWare in Ubuntu and set up XP as a client, opened that
> up and same thing, I can get to VMWare via the bridged network
> connection from Ubuntu but not from Ubuntu itself.
> As a test, I just installed IE6 for Linux, same thing, can't get to
> VMWare. I tried to access it from the link on the Wikipedia entry,
> server not found, so it's more than just a browser issue.
> Any ideas?
> ED

I think it's a VMware problem. I've experienced problems with their site
in the past. On the day that they went public I couldn't get them to
resolve for nearly 2 hours & I'm about 12 miles from their HQ. Even then
the site was bouncing up and down like a yo-yo for the rest of the day.

Their www.vmware.com website resolves off of an akamai pool, so that
might be part of the problem as well. Could be that the dns actually
started resolving in the time that it took you to reboot into the win.
But in the future you can always try using their fixed DNS':

Name Server[whois+dns with ip] NS1.VMWARE.COM
Name Server[whois+dns with ip] NS4.VMWARE.COM

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