Easiest Way to change Address of Master and Slave DNS's

Martin McCormick martin at dc.cis.okstate.edu
Mon May 15 16:59:50 UTC 2006

	Due to some network reorganization, there are some who 
would like to change the IP addresses of our master and slave 
domain name servers.  We haven't changed these
A records in twelve years.  Since then, we have expanded from supporting one
forward zone and a couple of reverse zones to 77 forward zones
registered by almost as many different people through many companies.  

	If we must do this, is there any elegant way to
keep from having to handle these domains one at a time?  I am 98%
certain the answer is no, but I will ask anyway.

	I have been counseling strongly against making this much
work for ourselves due to the twin problems of having to change
all those domains one at a time and the public-education campaign
explaining the resolver changes effecting those literally hundreds, possibly
thousands of systems that have had hard-coded DNS addresses which
were "set up by Dr. Jeckle X years ago and he has since
gotten fired and won't get out of Federal Prison until
2020-something/died/left in an 8-cylinder huff/graduated, etc, and now you're
doing what!?"

	That reference to being fired and Federal prison actually
covers one domain.  A whois run just 6 minutes ago as I write
this message still lists the individual in question as the registrant
and there is an active web page at that address.:-)  Darn, no
Federal Bureau of Prisons inmate number in the admin contact
field.  What a day!

	Seriously, any constructive ideas are greatly appreciated.

Martin McCormick WB5AGZ  Stillwater, OK 
Systems Engineer
OSU Information Technology Department Network Operations Group

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