I had/have an issue with dns and my domain. My domain is registered at another registrar. I changed the DNS entries at the registrar to the Dreamhost ones (i.e. ns#.dreamhost.com), waited the 72 hours and had no luck (i.e. the domain was never reachable via www, mail, ssh or ping). The registrar definitely had the Dreamhost name servers listed and an nslookup on the domain returned the Dreamhost name servers as listed for the domain. This all raised a great deal of concern!
I have since purchased a static IP. Switched the name servers back to registrars and had the dns entry point at the static IP. Now I know this isn’t really the best solution, but I need things to be back up and running NOW (or at least ASAP). Will everything (i.e. www, mail, webmail) work doing things this way, at least for the immediate future? I’d prefer to specify the Dreamhost nameservers, but I need email to be up and running yesterday.