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    Red face IE's Cannot find server or DNS Error


    Hey Guys...

    Hope you can help. I'm developing a company intranet across a active directory domain based DNS windows network.
    The server is Apache 1.3.27 on a Win2k Pro box. The clients are a miss-mash of win9x and win2k pro.

    The web site is accessable most of the time but the problem is that every so often DNS seems to 'drop-out' and the website becomes unavailable.

    I'm using the network domain to access the machine, for example, mycompany.com as the network domain, intranet as the machine name and http://intranet.mycompany.com to access the site.

    As I said this works, most of the time, but it fails every so often, and I can't afford the downtime on it.
    I'm not a networking guru but if you want any more info, I'm happy to oblige.

    If anyone has any ideas, I would be very greatful.

    Thank You!
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    When you say drop out to you mean the process on the server crashes? Stop responding and then picks back up? something else? Can you ping the server when this happens? Telnet?

    What dns server are you using and on what platform?
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    I'm not sure exactly. It seems that the serice stops responding and then picks back up.
    Its a case of I try to open up the site in Internet Explorer and IE displays one of its standard error pages.

    The server doesn't crash, I can happily ping it when it happpens.

    The DNS server is a Windows 2000 Server.

    The odd thing is, I can happily access the site through the machine name or the IP address. Its just the domain address it doesn't seem to handle perfectly everytime.
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    Do you have a dns server just for your internel site? Or is it the dns server doing both outside and inside(called split-horizon?) ?
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    No, Our DNS server is setup and used only as for internal trafic.
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    I am not real familiar with Windows 2000 DNS server.
    I normally use freebsd.
    How many clients? Is it possible to use the hosts file and skip using dns altogether?
    Is sounds more like a Windows 2000 problem than a DNS problem but I am not an expert. Sorry I couldn't be more help.
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    No, too many clients to use the hosts file.
    Cheers for your help thou.

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