Software DNS hghi availability and load balancer solution

Rhys Rhaven rhys at
Tue Jan 18 13:07:57 CST 2011

Having hit these issues myself, I heavily recommend a real frontend
proxy like nginx or varnish.

On 01/18/2011 12:45 PM, William Herrin wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 18, 2011 at 12:42 PM, Sergey Voropaev
> <serge.devorop at> wrote:
>> Does any one know software sollutions (free is preferable) like as cisco GSS
>> and F5 BIG-IP? The main point is that DNS-server (or dns server plugin) must
>> be able to monitor server availability (for example by TCP connect) and from
>> DNS-reply depends on it.
> Sergey,
> I have no suggestions that directly answer your question. I'd write a
> script against bind myself. But if you're trying to fail over a web
> server, you're walking into a nasty trap.
> "DNS pinning" obstructs web browsers from finding a server on an
> alternate IP address regardless of the DNS TTL. The core issue is that
> allowing a browser running javascript to connect to a server other
> than the one from which the script came is a gigantic security hole.
> Someone realized you could do that by changing the IP address the host
> name pointed to, so now there's a convoluted and not entirely
> standardized set of rules for when and whether the browser allows it.
> Net result is that in some cases a user's long-running browser will
> indefinitely ignore the change you made to the DNS. I've seen such
> things persist for months.
> For better or for worse, the way you -reliably- fail over a web server
> is with routing and middleboxes like a load balancer.
> Regards,
> Bill Herrin

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