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  1. #1
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    Free DNS monitoring service?

    Any recommendations for a free service to monitor DNS servers and make sure they are up and reporting correct results? I use montastic.com and unialert.com for other services, but they don't do DNS.

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    This one seems to cover most lookups
    http://www.intodns.com/

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    Thanks for the suggestion. I took a look. It's good, but not what I'm searching for. I'm hoping to find a service that will email me if my nameservers go down.

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    Oh sorry, I didn`t read the post properly. Thought you were after dns/network tools.

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    Found a couple of possibilities: http://www.servermojo.com/ and http://site24x7.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by twva View Post
    Found a couple of possibilities: http://www.servermojo.com/ and http://site24x7.com/
    servermojo.com looks like it may be a possibility, site24x7.com isn't free for dns monitoring.
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  7. #7
    You could always look at it from another angle.

    It might be cheapest to buy third party dns services from a reliable provider. Some of them are very cheap. That way you wouldn't have to worry about it at all and get better performance to boot.
    edgedirector.com
    managed dns global failover and load balance (gslb)
    exactstate.com
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  8. #8
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    I run my own nameservers. I find it much faster to edit text files (named.conf, etc.) than to use the web interfaces I've seen at third party dns providers.

    But it looks like basicstate.com will do what I want. Why didn't you say so?

  9. #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by twva View Post
    it looks like basicstate.com will do what I want.

    Hmm. Apparently not -- it just monitors http and https.

  10. #10
    @twva

    Hmm. Apparently not -- it just monitors http and https.
    Well actually it does, indirectly.

    The testing process includes dns resolution. If the test fails at the point of dns resolution, the alert will show that. The alert actually shows at which stage of a complete test pass a failure occurs. We even clock the time for each stage, we just don't show it in the reports.

    But it looks like basicstate.com will do what I want. Why didn't you say so?
    The rules here don't allow it. But, once you have broached a subject, clarifications are allowed.

    I can't point you to the exact rule numbers, but that is my understanding.
    edgedirector.com
    managed dns global failover and load balance (gslb)
    exactstate.com
    uptime report for webhostingtalk.com

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