I have on ocassion gone stomping off through the wild woods of the internet looking for the fault in one of my systems. On ocassion I have had to eat crow. Today was one of those days
I was looking to do a little updating to get a site in order but for some reason I couldn't resolve the mail and ftp site addresses. I was "diging" for the information from our dns server locally but nothing returned. I'd do a dig -t and still it wouldn't resolve. I couldn't figure out the cause.
I called hosting to let them know you "have a problem." I kept trying to iterate what was wrong and that it wasn't working. They kept indicating that everything was alright. But I just wasn't getting it. I had the thought to go look at the zones on the dns server, and check the firewall logs. Low and behold another admin put a forward zone look up for the whole domain in. The way the hosting company dns was setup the forward would never work. Only one of the records was right and only on one of the two dns servers. That was definitely not expected.
Let there be Crow!. And there was, and it wasn't good. I had to back peddle and felt terrible.