round robin

Alan Sparks asparks at
Sun Feb 17 05:59:20 UTC 2002

Does on mine.  BIND 8 (at least) rotates through A (and later revs any)
records.  Problem can be when clients cache and fixate on one of the

I have something like this on my name servers:
corpldap  IN A
          IN A

and dig shown alternate order on each query.

Don't use ping to test, use dig:
	dig @nameserverip host.yourdomain.tld 
Do it a few times, note the order of the returned records.


WebReactor Networks wrote:
> More to the point, BIND does not do any round-robining.  Period.  BIND simply returns both of the A records.  The client application chooses which of those A records to use.  In your case the "client application" is the Windows resolver.
> See < > for more info.
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: RE: round robin
> Date: Fri, 15 Feb 2002 11:04:04 -0500
> From: "Haygood, David" <david.haygood at>
> To: "'bind-users at'" <bind-users at>
> If your Windows Desktop is 2K or XP its cache is 24 hours.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Brian Noecker [mailto:bnoecker at]
> Sent: Wednesday, February 13, 2002 6:26 PM
> To: 'bind-users at'
> Subject: round robin
> Is there a trick for round robin to work correctly?  I've got the following
> scenario:
> Two Bind 9.2.0 jailed servers, one master, one slave with either of the
> following A record options:
> test    10    A
> test    10     A
> or
> $TTL 2h
> test     10    A
>      10    A
> Now, on the both servers, they use themselves as primary DNS in resolv.conf.
> The master is on a solaris box, the slave a RH7.2 box.
> When I'm on the master itself and ping test, is the only answer I
> get back.  When I'm on a windows desktop using the master as its DNS server,
> I only get  When I'm on the slave server and ping, I get about a
> 30/70 split on my returns.
> Should I expect consistency on the round robin nature of Bind?
> Thanks in advance.

Alan Sparks, Sr. UNIX Administrator     asparks at
Quris, Inc.                             (720) 836-2058

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