20 points here, 300 points at
Please see the post referenced for original post and other posted referenced within it. Summarizing all the posts, I am trying to determine:
(1) WHERE the problem lies
(2) actions required to resolve it
New Problem Description: Originally I believed that domain name to IP address translation problems 30-35% of the time was limited to only secure (https) sites. This is because ONLY https sites were NOT Proxy -- thus, I experienced the problem only for them. However, if I turn off PROXY entirely even for http sites, they (no specific one) will fail about the same 30% of the time.
Failures occur with or wwithout the ATGUARD firewall. However, using ATGUARD, I could capture the traffic types OUTBOUND and INBOUND. When things are successful, UDP "domain" go out to one or more of my DNSs, a UDP returns (most likely with the IP address), then a TCP "http" or "https" goes out and establiches the TCP session. When it fails, I see ONLY the UDPs out and one UDP in. I am unable to look at the packet returning to see its reponse (wish I could), but NO TCP goes out to establish the session and I receive either"Cannot Find Server" with "This Pagee Cannot Be Displayed" if application is IE 6.0 SP1 OR "UNKNOWN HOST" is the application is ping.
I contend that the problem lies with the ISP (DirecWay satellite 2-way system) and it seems that the translation cannot be done within some time period. I have no clue what the process is, thus, I am seeking help on:
-- what the flow is
-- is there some time limit, and if so, where is the time limit that is killing the lookup
-- other potential reasons why the lookup does not work consistently (it can fail seconds after resolving it the time before, or vice versa)
Additional background: have already reinstalled Win98 SE on top of previous copy, have already reinstalled IE 6.0 SP1 and all security patches, have already properly uninstalled DUN and reinstalled to correct any protocol modules.
My bypass is to now use a HOSTS file to get to the sites that are critical to me. Thus, the problem is no longer high priority.
Sounds like a lot for 20 points, but there is another 300 at previous reference too, leaving me a dime for a phone call -- oops that went up didn't it?