Should anyone ask, Microsoft doesn’t understand reverse DNS

What the hell is Microsoft up with with their “let’s invent new top level domains for our in-arpa records”?

Today’s scanning of the log files revealed:

bl2sch1082207.phx.gbl - - [09/Sep/2007:09:36:37 +0200] "GET /gallery2/modules/albumselect/dtree.js HTTP/1.0" 200 11250 "http://www.imaginator.com/blog/wp-gallery2.php?g2_itemId=49814" "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0
; Windows NT 5.2; .NET CLR 1.1.4322)"
bl2sch1082207.phx.gbl - - [09/Sep/2007:09:36:38 +0200] "GET /gallery2/themes/siriux/theme.css HTTP/1.0" 200 5118 "http://www.imaginator.com/blog/wp-gallery2.php?g2_itemId=49814" "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Wind
ows NT 5.2; .NET CLR 1.1.4322)"

Should you feel like you missed out on yet-another-pointless-tld, you didn’t. No, instead of mapping the reverse DNS to a real domain, Microsoft has arbirarily chosen to invent a new top level domain and break all log-analysis software in the process. There is no PHX.GBL. There is no .GBL.

There’s more to the story on another website.

I have 2 opinions on why they have done this:

  • Microsoft don’t want webmasters identifying their spiders
  • They are incompetent

For gods sake, if you don’t want to populate your reverse DNS, leave it empty.

Pleased I stopped relying on their products for infrastructure long ago.

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