DNS Server Performance

Posted on 2004-11-10
Last Modified: 2011-09-20
I want to get away from using my own DNS server. I have switched some of my domains to the free dns servers offered by Network Solutions and GoDaddy. They seem kind of slow but I'm not sure if I am just imagining it. I need to know how to measure the performance and whether to use a paid DNS service instead of the servers offered by the registrar. Thanks.
Question by:jimkat
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    Expert Comment

    Any windows 2000 environment and above really should have a local DNS server.
    External DNS servers are always going to be slower as they are accessed via slower connections.
    You don't say too much about the environment you are in.
    Is it Windows Linux etc
    Company or Home
    100 machines or 1 etc.
    If you provide some more info then we can perhaps expand on the above.

    So anyway for a Win2K environmet and above it is critical to have a local DNS Server.


    Author Comment

    Sorry if I wasn't clear. I am talking about the dns servers for my web sites. I can either host my own dns, use the dns servers of my hosting company, or use the dns servers from the domain registrars. I would rather use the free dns servers offered by Network Solutions as long as I can verify that they are fast enough.
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    For my company, we host our own primary DNS. But for our secondary DNS, uses our ISPs.
    This way, there is some redundancy should there be a problem...;-)

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    Thanks for extra info.
    In New Zealand we have only two major ISP's. Many players but most lease off the two largest. Hence I always use one of the major ISP's as they then disemminate my www addresses etc to everyone else.

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    We attempted to use network solutions dns servers but found it limiting in adding host records... the good thing about using network solutions is they host root servers as well... i'm sure they have a ton of redundancy... we decided to go with a dedicated server at a datacenter and host our primary external DNS there and made the secondary DNS server at our ISP...   you can't beat having full control of your dns and not having to rely on a providers limitations... this way we control the server via remote desktop and can do what we want...

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    You can use and near the top left they have a dns timings page that shows you exactly whats happening and the time it takes.

    As i currently speak the site is down :( but this is very unusual.


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