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From: Ruben Safir
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[QUOTE=Speedy]Got a question and I thought maybe you would know the answer.
As you know I co-own a web hosting company and we have our internet line
from Time Warner. We have been having outages every now and then so we
have been looking around for something else. The problem is that we
can't get a better service where we are located without paying a few
times what we have now. Today we found out that we can get a line from
Bellsouth for a low price and it would have a pretty good upload and
download. It is a Business Class DSL. This would ONLY be used as a
back-up to the main backbone to the server.
How would you suggest setting that up? Both lines could be run to our
data center of course rather than having it setup off site.
What I would like to have happen is this---
Server A (TW) Server B (Bellsouth)
Server A backs up to B every night, or more often if needed---if Server
A goes out the DNS will just push all requests over to B untill the line
comes back on. Hopefuly without us having to change any settings at all,
because sometimes it goes off at 2am.
Is this possible, or can you give some ideas on what we could do?
We are working on one day upgrading to fiber as we are located right at
a main fiber hub and can get on it quite quickly.
Thanks for your help.
This is an old question but it is really a clustering issue and not a
First, let me understand a few things. What is the reverse DNS of your
IP address and you DO have static IP addresses. I'm sure you do.
The quick and dirty was is to set up the DNS like google does:
ruben-at-www2:~> dig www.google.com
; <<>> DiG 9.5.1b1 <<>> www.google.com
;; global options: printcmd
;; Got answer:
;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 22723
;; flags: qr rd ra; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 5, AUTHORITY: 7, ADDITIONAL: 0
;; QUESTION SECTION:
;www.google.com. IN A
;; ANSWER SECTION:
www.google.com. 194046 IN CNAME www.l.google.com.
www.l.google.com. 300 IN A 188.8.131.52
www.l.google.com. 300 IN A 184.108.40.206
www.l.google.com. 300 IN A 220.127.116.11
www.l.google.com. 300 IN A 18.104.22.168
;; AUTHORITY SECTION:
l.google.com. 24057 IN NS e.l.google.com.
l.google.com. 24057 IN NS b.l.google.com.
l.google.com. 24057 IN NS g.l.google.com.
l.google.com. 24057 IN NS a.l.google.com.
l.google.com. 24057 IN NS f.l.google.com.
l.google.com. 24057 IN NS d.l.google.com.
l.google.com. 24057 IN NS c.l.google.com.
;; Query time: 111 msec
;; SERVER: 22.214.171.124#53(126.96.36.199)
;; WHEN: Thu Nov 13 21:00:18 2008
;; MSG SIZE rcvd: 228
Notice that the name www.google.com points to a canical name which
itself has multiple IP addresses is a theoretical host. Make one host
on the DSL line and the other on whatever line that is. Its a good idea
to also, if not absolutely necessary, to have multiple DNS servers for
this. if the line goes down the other DNS server has to be reachable.
Now that leaves only an issue of load balancing, which is something more
than I can really get into BUT, check out the NYLXS mailing list
and folks there deal with this all the time.