Domain administrators guide (RFC1032)
Original Publication Date: 1987-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-12
Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)
Domains are adminstrative entities that provide decentralized management of host naming and addressing. The domain-naming system is distributed and hierarchical.
Network Working Group M. Stahl
Request for Comments: 1032 SRI International
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.
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
It is recommended that the guidelines described in this document be
used by domain administrators in the establishment and control of
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...