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DNS propagation: nslookup gives varying answers using f9 nameservers

jkn
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Registered: 15-06-2009

DNS propagation: nslookup gives varying answers using f9 nameservers

Hello all
    I've recently registered a domain and set up the appropriate nameservers to point to where it is hosted (not f9/plusnet). The DNS change seems to have propagated 'generally', but not wholly to the plusnet nameservers. I'm trying to understand the results I'm seeing when trying to access  the site via plusnet which is my ISP.
Basically it seems to come down to this: the output from nslookup, with the F9 nameservers, seems to vary between invocations!:
eg:
######### Attempt 1 ############
$ nslookup grandmothershouse.co.uk 212.159.13.50
Server:        212.159.13.50
Address:        212.159.13.50#53
Non-authoritative answer:
Name:  grandmothershouse.co.uk
Address: 194.154.164.82

######### Attempt 2 ############
$ nslookup grandmothershouse.co.uk 212.159.13.50
Server:        212.159.13.50
Address:        212.159.13.50#53
Non-authoritative answer:
Name:  grandmothershouse.co.uk
Address: 75.125.159.2

######### Attempt 3 ############
$ nslookup grandmothershouse.co.uk 212.159.13.50
Server:        212.159.13.50
Address:        212.159.13.50#53
Non-authoritative answer:
*** Can't find grandmothershouse.co.uk: No answer


Attempt 1 gives the 'old' (original) host, Attempt 2 gives the correct (new) host, and then there's Attempt 3...
Any clues why this might be happening, and anything I can do to make it settle down to resolve to the new correct host?
    Thanks
    J^n
4 REPLIES
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Re: DNS propagation: nslookup gives varying answers using f9 nameservers

It depends what server is the default server. if you type nslookup on its own it will tell you what server its queering and depending on your setup this could be your router.
try nslookup
then
server 208.67.222.222

I get
75.125.159.2
use
server 212.159.6.10    for plus nets dns
jkn
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Posts: 5
Registered: 15-06-2009

Re: DNS propagation: nslookup gives varying answers using f9 nameservers

Hi there, & thanks for the reply.
Yes, I get that my actual browsing problem might be related to what is the default server (actually, things seem to have propagated now...) But this doesn't alter my original question - why did repeated queries using a specified plusnet nameserver give different answers?
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It depends what server is the default server. if you type nslookup on its own it will tell you what server its queering and depending on your setup this could be your router.

good point about the router for my browsing problem. FWIW (linux) nslookup on its own doesn't tell me this-  does it on Windows?
    Cheer
    Jon N
jim:quote]
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Re: DNS propagation: nslookup gives varying answers using f9 nameservers

The different answers are probably because behind each of the four DNS servers IP addresses (212.149.6.9, 212.149.6.10, 212.149.13.49 & 212.149.13.50) are a number of servers - it appears that those are taking varying times to get up to date.
jelv (a.k.a Spoon Whittler)
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jkn
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Registered: 15-06-2009

Re: DNS propagation: nslookup gives varying answers using f9 nameservers

Hi there
Ah, of course ... rather like NTP server pools. Thanks, that makes good sense and is something I hadn't thought of.
    Cheers
    Jon N
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