26 Nov

Poor DNS setup from Idea ISP

DNS Lesson time!

Today, I was just looking into website – ideaisp.net

This site is overall pretty interesting as it’s showing various upstream links of IDEA Cellular ISP backbone. Seems like they are just using Cable & Wireless for most of International bandwidth although IDEA ISP is not functional yet.


Anyways, this post is not about their geeky upstream peers & routing tables but how bad one can setup DNS! 🙂

Looking at DNS servers of domain name ideaisp.net
Check from whois:

All seem pretty much normal but next, check from normal dig (which digs DNS servers):


Only one nameservers and that too isp-mum-dns1. huh?!!
Since I had (very) bad day, I decided to dig further into it to keep myself busy.


Here’s the SOA zone file:

Again – clearly wrong nameserver in SOA too.


So how exactly website is working? What’s really wrong?


Digging further into two nameservers ns1.ideaisp.net and ns2.ideaisp.net (as shown from whois), here’s what we see:


Clearly there’s no mismatch in records on both servers.


Here’s what’s wrong:

  1. Wrong nameserver – rather then isp-mum-dns1. it should be ns1.ideaisp.net
  2. Missing secondary nameservers – ns2.ideaisp.net “NS record” is missing from zone delegation
Let’s hope someone @ IdeaCellular might read this post and considers fixing these issues.
Thanks for reading, have good day ahead!


Based on recent commentfrom Mr Sumit Menaria, from IDEA Cellular – this issue has been fixed.

Quick check to verify:

DNS servers at root: 

Domain Name: IDEAISP.NET
Whois Server: whois.net4domains.com
Referral URL: http://www.net4.in 
Name Server: NS1.IDEAISP.NET
Name Server: NS2.IDEAISP.NET
Status: ok
Updated Date: 04-may-2012
Creation Date: 06-jun-2011
Expiration Date: 06-jun-2012



Next, checking each of them for NS records:

anurag@laptop ~ $ dig ideaisp.net @NS1.IDEAISP.NET ns +short

anurag@laptop ~ $ dig ideaisp.net @NS2.IDEAISP.NET ns +short

Looks good. Verifying SOA and finally A record: 

anurag@laptop ~ $ dig ideaisp.net @NS1.IDEAISP.NET soa +short
ns1.ideaisp.net. hostmaster. 8 900 600 86400 3600

anurag@laptop ~ $ dig ideaisp.net @NS2.IDEAISP.NET soa +short
isp-mum-dns2. hostmaster. 8 900 600 86400 3600

anurag@laptop ~ $ dig ideaisp.net @NS1.IDEAISP.NET a +short

anurag@laptop ~ $ dig ideaisp.net @NS2.IDEAISP.NET a +short

All looks good and well. Good job Mr Sumit! 🙂

2 thoughts on “Poor DNS setup from Idea ISP

  1. Hi Anurag,

    Point was well taken and updated perhaps you could now update title of your post

    Sumit menaria
    Idea Cellular Limited.

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