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bio website goziggy.com
location Sarasota, FL
age 33
visits member for 5 years, 7 months
seen Nov 29 at 5:10

I am a web developer, ColdFusion programmer, dba, software architect, and systems and network administrator through my consulting business, Ziggy Consulting.

I used to own and operate DtDNS, a DNS hosting and management service with a focus on dynamic DNS services. I started DtDNS in March 1999 and sold it to another company in February 2011.

I also love to fly since I earned my private pilot certificate in 2008.

My primary work is web development with ColdFusion, but I also manage networks of remote thin clients deployed as kiosks, a number of web servers at various locations, and a small data center for a web development/hosting company.


Jul
19
comment Searching Objects on SonicWALL (NSA 2600, SonicOS 6.1)
I found that if I selected the filter to only show custom objects and then sort by name I can get an alphabetical list, but still a pain to have to page through a few thousand objects 50 at a time to find what I'm looking for.
Jun
26
comment Error Seting Spf for mail Server
-all is part of the SPF standard, so there should not be an error there unless there is a typo or something in the SPF entry. If the error persists I would contact mxtoolbox and inquire as to what specifically is throwing off their testing utility.
Jun
18
comment Why does Microsoft.com have a TXT record with only a hash code?
They also have a standard SPF record along side of the base64-encoded string, so not breaking anything. Decoding the encoded record doesn't really give me anything meaningful, just some binary data that they could be using for any number of purposes.
Jun
2
comment Self-Resetting Power Strips?
@MikeAWood A UPS would be ideal and is what I want, but management doesn't want to pay $70-$80 per unit nor do they want to deal with battery replacement every 3-4 years (we're deploying hundreds of kiosks). The deployment will either use a standard power strip/surge protector, or one with an auto-reset option (which is what I'm looking for). Making the reset button user-accessible isn't an option either for a variety of reasons. Modifying a surge protector is an idea, but would likely not pass fire inspection because the parts would lose their UL-listed status.
Feb
4
comment How can I mount an FTP to a drive letter in windows?
Going on three years later, and WebDrive is still my #1 choice for integrated Windows shell FTP.
Dec
27
comment ColdFusion 9 server keeps restarting itself
+1 for Fusion Reactor. I have FR deployed on several servers and it's been very helpful in tracking down a variety of unusual problems.
Dec
1
comment Should we host our own nameservers?
Is your e-mail hosted at that site as well? Keep in mind that if you lose connectivity there, and e-mail is outside that network, that your MX records will disappear and e-mail will stop working even if it's housed elsewhere. If it's at the same site as well, not a big deal, but I've seen this argument fall apart for this reason several times in the past.
Dec
1
comment Should we host our own nameservers?
When considering outsourcing, also ask what kind of DDoS protection or mitigation they have in place. DNS providers get attacked all the time and some are able to keep running without breaking a sweat and others will crumble into a pile of crumbs at the slightest spike in traffic, so be weary of outsourcing unless it's a reputable provider that has many servers deployed with anycast routing enabled.
Dec
1
comment Why are ISP's installing routers on my site when the feed is a form of ethernet already?
When I had a T1 through AT&T (many moons ago) they even required that we keep a separate phone line and they provided a modem which was connected to the console port on the router they provided in case the data connection went down for some reason (for remote troubleshooting). In the several years we had that T1, the one time it went down, just after midnight on New Year's Day, they had a technician on-site within an hour to fix it. Good luck getting that kind of support from cable providers these days.
Oct
11
comment How to add 50 or so aliases to an existing DNS zone in Windows Server DNS?
I wouldn't worry about PowerShell and looping over the contents, just paste in dnscmd /recordadd example.com at the beginning of each line, ensure the RR types are correct (CNAME vs. Alias(CNAME)) and name the file with a .bat extension and run it as a batch file.
Oct
11
comment How to add 50 or so aliases to an existing DNS zone in Windows Server DNS?
In the DNS control panel, select the zone in question, right click, then choose Properties. The General tab will tell you if it is an Active Directory-Integrated zone or not. Alternately, it will say "Primary" and specify the filename that the data is stored in. If it is an AD-Integrated zone, then editing through the control panel or using dnscmd /recordadd are the only ways I am aware of to manage records. On the command line it would be dnscmd /recordadd example.com test10 CNAME foo.com
Oct
11
comment Setting up Bind DNS on WIndows 7
Perhaps there is not a Linux server readily available, or they simply have more familiarity with Windows and don't want to spend days learning a whole new operating system just to get a DNS server online. BIND works just as well on Windows as it does on Linux once it's configured properly.
Sep
20
comment Is there a domain registrar that reliably provides ability to edit glue records?
They allow you to create/edit glue records for any domain in your account. You would go into the nameserver settings for the domain and select the "create nameserver" option.
Aug
29
comment Website and email hosting on different servers
HostGator's default DNS sounds nasty. CNAMEs are prohibited in MX records, according to RFC974, RFC1034 3.6.2, RFC1912 2.4, and RFC2181 10.3 (as reported by DNSStuff.com). In this case one should delete the mail.domain.com CNAME record and re-create it as an A record which points to the appropriate HostGator IP address to resolve the issue.
Aug
27
comment Moving mail from one server to another — with no control panel and only pop3
Sorry, I wasn't trying to start a debate, just providing some additional information for future passers-by who may not have as much experience with the matter. Webmail brings up other considerations. In my experience many webmail front-ends will use IMAP to communicate with the server to maintain folders and sorted mail, read status, etc. all synched with other clients accessing the mailbox. In POP-only webmail clients, the ones I've worked with will pull the mail into the webmail app and use its own data store just like a standard mail client would since POP has no concept of folders.
Aug
25
comment ColdFusion MX 7 Licensing Issue?
ColdFusion 7 had an issue where if the server was unexpectedly rebooted or the ColdFusion service was killed or otherwise not shut down properly, that on occasion, it would "lose" the serial number and revert back to "developer/trial" mode. Re-entering the serial number through the administrator corrects the immediate problem. We still have a couple of CF7 servers in production and this comes up every year or so on one of them. No issues like this with 8 or 9 though that we've seen.
Aug
25
comment Moving mail from one server to another — with no control panel and only pop3
Most POP clients will download the mail from the server and store it locally within the mail client, so in most cases there wouldn't be any mail stored on the server to migrate. Some clients have an option to keep a copy on the server (sometimes forever, sometimes for X days), but even if the copy on the server goes away the client will generally retain a local copy of the message regardless of what the server does on its end. Usually in a pure-POP environment you can just migrate the accounts and point the client to the new server with no loss of stored mail.
May
23
comment Is it possible to completely avoid a single-point-of-failure in a web back-end?
You are correct that using DNS for load balancing (via round-robin) or for failover is not an optimal solution. It is a cheap solution, however, if you can't afford to do it properly. Even if you keep the TTL low enough to make manual (or automatic) changes to point to a different IP/provider, some DNS resolvers will just ignore it and keep the information cached longer then you specify anyway. The bottom line is that if you're experiencing downtime often enough to need to jump through these hoops, you're likely better off paying a little more for a better hosting provider with better uptime
May
23
comment Is it possible to completely avoid a single-point-of-failure in a web back-end?
That depends on how that IP address has been deployed. If it's a single IP to a single box and that box fails, then it would be unreachable. If it's shared among multiple boxes and one of them fails, then it would still be reachable. (For example, I have a pair of linux-based firewalls that share an IP; if one fails then the other will see that and take over automatically; this will all depend on the equipment you have deployed). If it's deployed to multiple locations using IP anycast, then the failure of any one location can still be survived.
May
4
comment Suggestions for accessing SQL Server from internet
Unfortunately if they have an issue with their border router or Internet provider, nothing you do on the server is going to help that.