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Domain administrators guide (RFC1032)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000001837D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-12
Document File: 11 page(s) / 27K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

M.K. Stahl: AUTHOR

Abstract

Domains are adminstrative entities that provide decentralized management of host naming and addressing. The domain-naming system is distributed and hierarchical.

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Network Working Group M. Stahl

Request for Comments: 1032 SRI International

November 1987

DOMAIN ADMINISTRATORS GUIDE

STATUS OF THIS MEMO

This memo describes procedures for registering a domain with the

Network Information Center (NIC) of Defense Data Network (DDN), and

offers guidelines on the establishment and administration of a domain

in accordance with the requirements specified in RFC-920. It is

intended for use by domain administrators. This memo should be used

in conjunction with RFC-920, which is an official policy statement of

the Internet Activities Board (IAB) and the Defense Advanced Research

Projects Agency (DARPA). Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

BACKGROUND

Domains are adminstrative entities that provide decentralized

management of host naming and addressing. The domain-naming system

is distributed and hierarchical.

The NIC is designated by the Defense Communications Agency (DCA) to

provide registry services for the domain-naming system on the DDN and

DARPA portions of the Internet.

As registrar of top-level and second-level domains, as well as

administrator of the root domain name servers on behalf of DARPA and

DDN, the NIC is responsible for maintaining the root server zone

files and their binary equivalents. In addition, the NIC is

responsible for administering the top-level domains of "ARPA," "COM,"

"EDU," "ORG," "GOV," and "MIL" on behalf of DCA and DARPA until it

becomes feasible for other appropriate organizations to assume those

responsibilities.

It is recommended that the guidelines described in this document be

used by domain administrators in the establishment and control of

second-level domains.

THE DOMAIN ADMINISTRATOR

The role of the domain administrator (DA) is that of coordinator,

manager, and technician. If his domain is established at the second

level or lower in the tree, the DA must register by interacting with

the management of the domain directly above his, making certain that

his domain satisfies all the requirements of the administration under

which his domain would be situated. To find out who has authority

over the name space he wishes to join, the DA can ask the NIC

Hostmaster. Information on contacts for the top-level and second-

level domains can also be found on line in the file NETINFO:DOMAIN-

CONTACTS.TXT, which is available from the NIC via anonymous FTP.

The DA should be technically competent; he should understand the

concepts and procedures for operating a domain server, as described

in RFC-1034, and make sure that the service provided is reliable and

uninterrupted. It is his responsibility or that of his delegate to

ensure that the data will be current at all times. As a manager, the

DA must be able to handle complaints about service provided by his

domain name serv...