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Subject: Re: Round-robin DNS?
From: Bill Stout <bill . stout @ hidata . com>
Date: Mon, 10 Jun 1996 17:40:25 -0700
To: Firewalls @ GreatCircle . COM

Sounds like 'lbnamed' (load balancing name daemon) is what you're looking
for. See:

  http://www-leland.stanford.edu/~schemers/docs/lbnamed/lbnamed.html

Bill Stout

At 04:26 PM 6/10/96 -0700, Peter Gregory wrote:
>> > How are people out there implementing round-robin DNS? I have "n" 
>> > servers acting as www.wherever.com and I want to split the traffic 
>> > bewteen them. Of course, if I could do a proper load balancing that 
>> > would be great, but a simple "n" way split is a big help already.
>> 
>> This is the default behaviour of DNSes ...
>> If www.foo.com refers several hosts, every DNS query to the server will give 
>> you a different address.
>
>Untrue.  Perhaps a few implementations of DNS do this, but MOST do not
>behave in this manner.
>
>[Nearly] any off-the-shelf DNS will give 'A record' results in the same order
>every time.
>
>--
>
>Peter Gregory  [NICname PG11]  peter .
 gregory @
 attws .
 com
>Systems/Network Architect, AT&T Wireless Services, Strategic Technologies Group
>
>
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