Secondary DNS Minor Updates: auto-enable and NOTAUTH

We’ve made a couple minor updates to the Secondary DNS system.

  • If we see a successful transfer, the back end will automatically send an “enable” flag to the account control center. This addresses a possible condition where a zone can become disabled between update runs due to an error that was fixed before the next run.
  • Secondary DNS zones will be automatically disabled if a NOTAUTH (not authoritative) response is received from the configured master. This is similar to the existing behavior of disabling on a REFUSED response. Our system must assume that if the master is not authoritative for a zone that we must not try to be a secondary, and it wastes resources to keep trying.

Emergency Maintenance Notice for Generator 1

Initial Notice: March 1 2017 @ 14:46

Generator 1 serving colocation Suite 1 and our business offices has experienced an engine controller fault which alerted through active monitoring. Diagnostics have been completed and a replacement controller will be expedited from Salt Lake City, but is not anticipated to arrive until Thursday, March 2. Suite 1 AC UPS runtime is approximately 80 minutes in the event of utility power failure.

Generator 2 serving colocation Suite 2 is a separate, unaffected system.

If you have any questions about your colocation please contact us through normal channels.

Progressive updates will be posted here.

UPDATE Thu Mar 2 16:10:04 PST 2017: The engine controller on generator 1 has been replaced and successfully tested.

Network Changes for 2017

We have some new and exciting network changes in progress for this year. We’ll provide progress updates as we normally do, but here’s the quick summary of what’s happening.

  • A new 10G port for AS11170 to Hurricane Electric will be turned up once their POP comes online. TahoeIX will also gain a separate 10G peering to AS6939.
  • A new 1G peering connection to SFMIX in San Fransisco. Roller Network will gain a direct connection to the San Francisco Bay Area with many new peers. We at AS11170 will openly peer at TahoeIX and SFMIX.
  • Hurricane Electric will also become an option for all colocation customers on a carrier neutral basis through cross connects. Like other carriers, colo customers can contract directly with Hurricane for services.
  • Our connection to Charter/Spectrum AS20115 will be disconnected at some point this year. We could not reach an agreement to retain it because our current assigned account manager failed to engage us appropriately when placed in a position of competing against the multiple carrier options available at our facility. This is an unfortunate departure from the cooperative/assistive approach our old account manager held with us. We have lowered localpref on AS20115 prefixes accordingly.

We’re excited to bring new connectivity options from Hurricane Electric to Reno and look forward to implementing these changes. Although we are a carrier neutral facility, we will encourage customers who are not previously familiar with Hurricane Electric to give them a look as a new entrant into our local area.

Shutdown of virbl.dnsbl.bit.nl

From virbl.bit.nl

Virbl was a project of which the idea was born during the RIPE-48 meeting in May 2004. The plan was to get reports of virusscanning mailservers and put the IP-addresses that were reported to send viruses on a blacklist. Since the start, a number of trusted notifiers participated and over the next 10 years Virbl was a great addition to fighting back virus mails on the internet.

However, the internet changed, the techniques used to filter virus mails changed, trusted notifiers stopped reporting about incoming virusses and Virbl became more and more obsolete. This prompted us to decide to ‘pull the plug’ on the project after 12 years of operation.

The Virbl-project site has been replaced by this static message to inform those that find their ways here. The Virbl DNSBL-zone was emptied and will be removed all together at a moment further on in the future. Please remove any DNSBL-lookups against ‘virbl.dnsbl.bit.nl’ from your e-mail configurations. AS-operators will no longer receive the so called ‘Virbl AS-reports’ and it will no longer be possible to look up evidence. Mail sent to the ‘virbl.bit.nl’ domain will be tossed in the endless vacuum called /dev/null.

Please remove any DNSBL-lookups against ‘virbl.dnsbl.bit.nl’ from your e-mail configurations.

Accordingly, we have removed all entries for “virbl.dnsbl.bit.nl” from DNSBL configurations.

Special Office Hours Jan 8th 2016 for Flood Affected Customers

Roller Network’s colocation facility is not located in a flood risk area; our activities related to the flood in Sparks are only to assist our customers in affected areas.

UPDATE (13:34): Other than a possible power outage no impact is expected to our POP in Sparks. All of the customers it serves are idle/evacuated at this point. Sparks has now closed roads for 24 hours. Our special office hours today will now end as well; customers should use the hotline if needed.


We will have special office hours this morning, Sunday, January 8th until 1PM local time in order to potentially assist our customers affected by (or potentially affected by) flooding in Sparks, NV. If you are a Roller Network customer and need to temporarily relocate servers or other equipment needed for your business to maintain operations, emergency temporary colocation will be available at our facility.

After 1PM local time the City of Sparks plans to close all road access to the flood risk areas and no traffic will be allowed into the area. As such, we expect any emergency requests from customers will have been satisfied before this time, and we will not be able to go into the closed area for emergency service calls after 1PM.

Roller Network does operate one POP in the closed area which we’ll inspect before the roads are closed, but current maps do not show its location as a flood risk and it’s equipment is mounted several feet above ground level. The biggest risk will be loss of power and UPS discharge since we won’t be able to make it into the area to connect a generator, but since it only serves customers in the closed area the expected impact to operations is minimal to none.