We are running 2 BM (3.8) Proxies and until today they have been
operating reasonably well.

Today we have started getting a lot of 504 errors on workstations using
either both servers, looking at the proxy DNS page (on both servers) the
DNS links are continually going up and down (like our internet)

We have 3 DNS servers entered 2 external and 1 internal. I have tested
from outside the BM Servers $and know the 2 external DNS servers are
working fine (also no one else who use our provider have an issue). The
internal DNS also seems fime.

We have not made any changes to the system or the BM Servers and this
has only just happened.

We have cleared the proxy cache and also restarted both servers, this
has had no effect.

Any pointers would be appreciated 

S Smith


11/28/2008 10:46:01 PM
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In article <ssm.3jlxmn@no-mx.forums.novell.com>, Ssm wrote:
> Any pointers would be appreciated
Every now and then I'd seen this in the past, but not recently.  I did 
find at one time that I had a lot better results by not mixing public 
and private DNS entries, and best results pointing to internal only DNS 
servers.  I still don't know why, and that was only on some servers, 
while others were fine.

I think it would be a good idea to use PKTSCAN on the server to grab a 
packet trace, and then use Wireshark to look at the DNS packets to see 
if you can find a pattern there.

I've also seen cases in the past where certain LAN drivers were very 
bad with UDP packets, though I don't know why your problem would have 
just started now.  Don't overlook troubleshooting lan drivers, and NIC 
issues in general though.

For now, start by checking your patches against tip #1 at the URL 
below.  And at least for a test, try pointing just to the internal DNS 
server and see if that helps.  But since this problem came up all of a 
sudden on a previously-working system, I'm suspecting there is a 
problem on the wire, and a packet trace will show some signs of it.

Craig Johnson
Novell Support Connection SysOp
*** For a current patch list, tips, handy files and books on 
BorderManager, go to http://www.craigjconsulting.com ***

11/29/2008 6:12:52 AM
HI Craig

Thanks for your input, the update to the story is that there was
changes made to our providers DNS Servers but at the time this was done
information had not got to the right people.

The DNS Servers are rejecting our requests after pointing BM Servers to
a 3rd unchanged DNS, this came up and stayed up and our Internet access
has been restored.

Our provider is now working to resolve the situation.


S Smith

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12/2/2008 9:26:01 AM
In article <ssm.3jsb9b@no-mx.forums.novell.com>, Ssm wrote:
> The DNS Servers are rejecting our requests after pointing BM Servers to
> a 3rd unchanged DNS, this came up and stayed up and our Internet access
> has been restored.
Hmm.  I don't much care for the ISP's that limit DNS requests to their 
DNS servers!

Craig Johnson
Novell Support Connection SysOp
*** For a current patch list, tips, handy files and books on 
BorderManager, go to http://www.craigjconsulting.com ***

12/6/2008 1:12:26 AM

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