One of our Amazon EC2 instances can no longer connect to itself using its public DNS . It says "unknown host". Previously, when used from within EC2, the public DNS resolved to the current internal IP. This is still the case for another instance we also use.
This has worked for the previous 8 months. Last week, our continuous integration server on that machine ran into the problem a few times. After the instance was started today, connecting via public DNS no longer works at all, even though the elastic IP is definitively attached to the instance.
Pinging that public DNS entry from elsewhere - both from inside and outside EC2 - works perfectly fine. The instance can ping itself using the elastic IP, but we want to connect directly. The instance can also ping itself using its current internal IP or internal DNS entry, but as that changes on startup, it is not a solution.
As we did not change the machine configuration in any way for the past two months, I am reasonably sure this is a problem on Amazon's end. Can anyone confirm this, has experienced similar issues or a suggestion what to do to fix this?
Note: we only have the "basic" AWS suppport level, so I can't file an issue with Amazon about this. I did post this question on the AWS forums, though.