Master server offline

Noel Butler noel.butler at
Fri May 7 02:53:56 UTC 2010

On Thu, 2010-05-06 at 22:37 -0400, Dave Filchak wrote:

> Our master server machine had a drive failure and looks like it will
> be offline for some time. Somewhere in the back of my mind, I thought
> I remembered that something bad can happen to the dns resolution for
> your zones if the master is offline for too long. Is there anything to
> this or am I just dreaming? As long as the secondary can answer
> request, we should be ok?

Depends on your SOA expire timeout, most use 4 weeks, IIRC a slave will
cease to serve if it can't get an update after then.
But, if you can not replace a server within 4 weeks, your organisation
has much bigger problems.

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