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Byte.com: Domain Backup, Doing RAID

Feb 10, 2001, 13:05 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jerry Pournelle)

"Because this is a private network, connected to the Internet via my trusty Linux-based Netwinder communications server from rebel.com, I use a special range of IP addresses designated for this sort of configuration, and use Network Address Translation or NAT, on the Netwinder to translate those private addresses into the IP address assigned to me by my ISP."

"Because I'm set up this way, I run DNS internally for Chaos Manor on Imperator, and then have Imperator ask the Netwinder to look up external addresses on the Internet. All the machines at Chaos Manor are set up this way; the drawback is that if Imperator goes down, they don't know how to resolve DNS names into IP addresses."

"Microsoft's DNS service for Windows NT was pretty primitive; nobody much used it, preferring instead to use Bind running on Unix machines of one flavor or another to provide DNS mappings. I still recommend using Bind on a Unix box for anything connected to the public Internet, but for a private network using Windows 2000 Server, the Microsoft DNS service has improved to the point where it's Good Enough."

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