Some customers have been having DNS issues after setting a static IP on Ubuntu 12.04.1 where the server is no longer picking up the DNS settings as it was before; this can be easily fixed by adding the following to /etc/network/interfaces after the eth0 entry:
e.g., for a modem/router that’s 10.1.1.1 on your local network, your /etc/network/interfaces file might look like:
# This file describes the network interfaces available on your system
# and how to activate them. For more information, see interfaces(5).
# The loopback network interface
iface lo inet loopback
# The primary network interface
iface eth0 inet static
Restart your network with:
sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart
…then try pinging Google or something similar and you should have success 🙂
It’s generally not advisable for Australians to use nameservers located elsewhere, e.g. Google’s public DNS’ 184.108.40.206 or 220.127.116.11 – some things which are unmetered by your ISP may be metered if you do so.