back to article If you can't log into Azure, Teams or Xbox Live right now: Microsoft cloud services in worldwide outage

Unlucky netizens are right now unable to log into Microsoft's online services, including Azure, Teams, Dynamics, and Xbox Live, due to an ongoing global outage. The IT breakdown is blamed on a DNS issue, and started an hour and a half ago at time of writing. According to the Windows giant's status page: DNS issue impacting …

  1. Michael Hoffmann
    Facepalm

    It's *always* DNS.

    1. Anonymous Custard Silver badge
      Joke

      I think it's Cortana making a pre-emptive stike to try and secure her future...

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  2. chuckufarley

    25 years after...

    ...I decided the I would never again willfully deploy a Microsoft branded DNS server this stuff is still happening. Good job Microsoft! You are still such so influential that systemd's resolved is following in your footsteps!

    It's one thing to reinvent the wheel but it takes a special kind of idiot to reinvent the cube and call it a wheel.

    1. Red Ted Silver badge
      FAIL

      Re: 25 years after...

      Because neither Amazon or Google (or many other non MS DNS) have ever ****ed up their DNS in a very public way at all in the last last 25 years?

  3. KLane
    FAIL

    Tell me again...

    The advantages of Cloud Computing are?

    1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

      Re: Tell me again...

      None of this new fangled Distributed Name Server stuff for me - I keep a list of sites I want to visit locally.

      I update it once a year when my copy of the whole internet guide is delivered

      1. stuartnz
        Happy

        Re: Tell me again...

        Hands up if "don't google Google" came to mind after reading the above post. (apt, since many El Reg longtimers probably ARE The Elders of the Internet)

        1. Cliffwilliams44 Bronze badge

          Re: Tell me again...

          I'll bet Jen dropped the box with red light on top on her way to her presentaion!

          1. Anonymous Coward
            Anonymous Coward

            Re: Tell me again...

            Oh fuck.

    2. Plest Silver badge
      Facepalm

      Re: Tell me again...

      For heaven's sake! Alright there Grandad, back to your staring window there's a good lad.

    3. AndrewCappo

      Re: Tell me again...

      the advantage is that someone else is responsible for operation. the disadvantage is that someone else is responsible for operation.

    4. RegGuy1 Silver badge

      Re: Tell me again...

      The advantages of Cloud Computing are?

      ... yet another way to con the gullible out of more money.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    DNS and certificates, two things people find really difficult to manage. What this shows me though is being region independent isn’t enough, not sure I’d want to base my app on AzureAD.

    1. Cliffwilliams44 Bronze badge

      One thing to note, they did state "we are seeing increased traffic to out DNS servers." Was that just people desperately trying to get in or was it a DOS attack on their DNS infrastructure!

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        ... or DNS running on DOS?

  5. Mr Dogshit
    Joke

    Don't use DNS

    Just use a hosts file instead.

    1. David 132 Silver badge
      Happy

      Re: Don't use DNS

      Wuss.

      Just ‘cos you’re incapable of remembering IP addresses for every site you visit!

      1. Brewster's Angle Grinder Silver badge
        Joke

        Re: Don't use DNS

        Every site I want to visit is at 192.168.0.1

  6. Confuciousmobil

    I found this useful guide

    http://jdeconsulting.com/

    1. Pascal Monett Silver badge

      Re: I found this useful guide

      Heh, good one.

  7. Colonel Mad

    Logged in to Xbox Live OK just now

    1. IGotOut Silver badge

      Well at least you gave something to do while you wait for O365 to come back online.

      <Ring Ring>

      "No boss, still down for me..."

      "...Yes just because yours is up, doesn't mean everyones is up. ."

      "...no its true. Just look up "How long does DNS replication take in the internet""

      "...see yes up to 48 hours. Sure thing, I'll let you know the minute mine is back up"

      <Click>

      Pew Pew Pew.

  8. Ken Moorhouse Silver badge

    Microsoft rerouted traffic to our resilient DNS capabilities

    Why didn't they start with the resilient ones in the first place?

    1. Anonymous Custard Silver badge
      Trollface

      Re: Microsoft rerouted traffic to our resilient DNS capabilities

      Google said no?

  9. nematoad Silver badge
    Happy

    ...Xbox Live, Office 356, and Teams.

    Yes, that Office 356 sounds about right!

    A Freudian slip or just telling how it is?

  10. Howard Sway Silver badge

    CURRENT STATUS: Microsoft rerouted traffic to our resilient DNS capabilities

    Which rather begs the question why it was previously being routed through your non-resilient DNS capabilities.

    1. IGotOut Silver badge

      Re: CURRENT STATUS: Microsoft rerouted traffic to our resilient DNS capabilities

      Because that means running TWO 486SX's at the same time.

      1. Jakester

        Re: CURRENT STATUS: Microsoft rerouted traffic to our resilient DNS capabilities

        Because that means running TWO 486SX's at the same time.

        .... when did we upgrade from the 386's??

        1. AndrueC Silver badge
          Joke

          Re: CURRENT STATUS: Microsoft rerouted traffic to our resilient DNS capabilities

          To be fair, getting replacement Z80s is becoming a problem.

          1. David 132 Silver badge
            Happy

            Re: CURRENT STATUS: Microsoft rerouted traffic to our resilient DNS capabilities

            Hey now, be fair, it was only last year that they learned to put their DNS server ZX81 into FAST mode!

        2. Phil O'Sophical Silver badge

          Re: CURRENT STATUS: Microsoft rerouted traffic to our resilient DNS capabilities

          when did we upgrade from the 386's??

          When we had to move to Windows XP

      2. Aus Tech

        Re: CURRENT STATUS: Microsoft rerouted traffic to our resilient DNS capabilities

        "Because that means running TWO 486SX's at the same time."

        Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, please tell me when to stop laughing!

  11. Cliffwilliams44 Bronze badge

    "though Azure's government cloud and its services in China are unaffected."

    Interesting!

    1. plunet

      As it was a DNS based outage, it's not entirely surprising that DNS is a separate infrastructure for Azure in China. DNS is one of the methods the motherland imposes at a technical to limit access to some internet resources outside the country. Other methods are also in use.

  12. FrenchFries!

    Azure DNS

    Azure DNS has an SLA of 100%

    https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/support/legal/sla/dns/v1_1/

    This is Microsoft's second major 'cloudy' outage in less than 30 days.

    What a bunch of twats!

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    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Azure DNS

      And by their definition they are at 100%, the 100% SLA is that a response is recieved, doesn't need to be correct, just a response from the dns server.

  13. Ken Moorhouse Silver badge

    Microsoft DNS

    DNS in this context is an abbeviation for Do Not Suscitate.

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