DNS Monitoring service?
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DNS Monitoring service?

I have a client who decided it was better to handle their own DNS for their website. Now there have a been a few DNS outages and of course I am blamed as nobody could get to the site. I already have a monitor service for the site but when DNS is down it does not report that it is DNS over a site outage. Can anyone recommend a low cost service that will monitor DNS? I need something that gives a report to show that it is DNS, how many tries and how long it is out.

Thank you,

-G

Comments

  • TrafficTraffic Member

    DNS runs at port 53. Almost any monitoring system allows monitoring services. Add the NS and the port and you're done.

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  • kcajkcaj Member

    Pingdom supports DNS checks. You can get a free account which includes one check.

  • MisterGMisterG Member

    @Traffic Good idea, it would at least show it is out. But one of the outages was the person deleted the www record. The ping would still show alive. But I like the idea as I could monitor from more than one way.

  • MisterGMisterG Member

    @kcaj Thank you, I was thinking Pingdom was paid only and was more than I wanted to spend.

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  • @MisterG you'll need to get to the root of your issue. monitoring will just tell you it's down but doesn't rectify your problem

  • matthewvzmatthewvz Member, Provider

    @century1stop said: MisterG you'll need to get to the root of your issue. monitoring will just tell you it's down but doesn't rectify your problem

    I think he wants to prove to his client that the issue isn't his service but the problem is the clients DNS servers.

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  • @matthewvz as a matter of fact, you're quite right ;)

  • ClouviderClouvider Member, Provider

    I can confirm, pingdom is great to monitor DNS, definitely recommend :)

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  • camargcamarg Member

    I'm using nagios

  • MisterGMisterG Member

    Thank you to everyone for your feedback. I am going to use pingdom to monitor the actual lookup and another provider just to monitor port 53. I figure I will have two different ways will help. Thanks again!

  • sleddogsleddog Member
    edited May 2015

    MisterG said: Can anyone recommend a low cost service that will monitor DNS?

    Cron is cheap...

    #!/bin/bash
    DOMAIN="example.com"
    RESULT=$(/usr/bin/dig +time=5 +tries=2 +short $DOMAIN)
    if [ -z "$RESULT" ]; then
        echo "$DOMAIN lookup failed"
    fi
    exit 0
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  • MisterGMisterG Member

    Thanks @sleddog but I want (need) a third party to be able to show my client. You know how some people can be with proof. But I will keep this in mind for myself.

  • +1 for pingdom, you have a small fee but it is worth it and they have a neat app to go with it

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  • I have been very happy with monitive.com

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