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RFC 1400 - Transition and Modernization of the Internet Registration Service

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Network Working Group S. Williamson Request for Comments: 1400 Network Solutions, Inc. March 1993
Transition and Modernization of the Internet Registration Service Status of this Memo This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does not specify an Internet standard. Distribution of this memo is unlimited. Discussion As a result of the NREN NIS award by National Science Foundation, non-DDN registration services will soon be transferred from the DDN NIC to the new Internet Registration Service, which is a part of an entity referred to as the InterNIC. References in this document to the InterNIC apply to the Registration Services portion only. Internet registration services are gradually transitioning to the InterNIC. We expect that the full transition will be accomplished by April 1, 1993. During this transitional period, EMail, Fax, and U.S. mail received at either site will be processed. DDN users will continue to receive full registration support from the DDN NIC, and the transition should be transparent to them. DDN users should continue to send registration requests to (IP, .mil domain, inaddr for 26.x.x.x) or (user registrations or TAC card requests) using the DISA approved registration forms. From now through March 31, 1993, non-DDN Internet registration requests will be handled as follows: The current DDN NIC registration templates may be filled out and submitted to either or through March 31. The new InterNIC templates will be accepted effective April 1, 1993, but not until that time. Telephone support: 1-800-365-DNIC or 1-703-802-4535 (Washington DC metro area) Williamson [Page 1] RFC 1400 Transition of Registration Services March 1993 Mail questions and registration templates to: Government Systems Inc. Attn: Network Information Center 14200 Park Meadow Dr. Suite 200 Chantilly, VA 2200 Effective April 1, 1993, non-DDN Internet requests will be handled as described below. New registration requests should be sent to using the new template. Old templates sent to will be returned with the parsing error messages and the new form attached. Old templates mailed to will be accepted through June 30, 1993. After that date, templates in the old format will be returned to the sender with the new template attached. Telephone support: 1-800-444-4345 or 619-455-4600 1-703-742-4777 (Registration service only) (Washington DC metro area) Mail questions and registration templates to: Network Solutions, Inc. Attn: InterNIC Registration Service 505 Huntmar Park Drive Herndon, VA 22070 In an effort to keep those who are likely to submit a high volume of registration requests informed during the transition period, information regarding Internet registration issues will be distributed via the mail list Send subscription requests to: Information on the location of the new autoreg templates and how to retrieve them will be sent to those who have subscribed to this list. Comments are solicited. The new registration templates have been modified to facilitate automatic processing and to remove all DDN- specific references. WHOIS services will be available at both the DDN NIC and InterNIC sites: Williamson [Page 2] RFC 1400 Transition of Registration Services March 1993 ( ( Effective April 1, 1993, only DDN information will be available from The WHOIS service available from will contain all information on IP addresses, domains, and ASNs. The WHOIS service available from the will contain individual user records only for those who serve as a Point of Contact for an active node. Those who are interested in establishing a whois service for information on individual users (e.g., for Internet hosts or campus networks) are encouraged to participate in one of the many distributed WHOIS-like information projects. Root zone files will be available at both sites through March 31, 1993. After that time, the root zone file will be available only from After the transition, the host.txt file will be available only from and hosts.txt will include ONLY MILNET HOSTS. On April 1, 1993, a new root DNS server will be placed in service. It will be available at ( ). The T1 service currently available to the DDN NIC will be disconnected by June 1, 1993. This will leave only 56K access to the DDN NIC site. Excessive traffic to this site after that date will cause congestion. Therefore, it is important that all Internet registration data be directed to the new InterNIC site. The InterNIC registration services facility will be connected to SuraNET via T1 around March 10, 1993. Automated Internet registration services will be available from the InterNIC registration service host. This new automated system will allow more accurate and timely processing of registration requests. The basic functions/features of the new automated registration process (autoreg) are outlined below: * Requestor sends a completed new template to * The mailserver/parser on the InterNIC registration host parses the template and makes a quick check of all verifiable information (such as Domain name conflicts). The server then sends an E-mail verification or rejection with error message back to the requestor. * After receiving the verification form for review, the requestor should ensure that the information was interpreted correctly by the Williamson [Page 3] RFC 1400 Transition of Registration Services March 1993 parser. If the information is correct, the requestor returns the verify form to If the information is not correct, the requestor should make the necessary corrections before returning the form. If a rejection was received the requesstor must make the necessary adjustments and resend the registration request to for processing. * On receipt of a corrected verification form from the original requestor, the data will be rechecked and a new verification form will be sent. Once a good verification has been received by Registration Services, the request will be released for final processing by the InterNIC registration staff. NOTE: If the requestor does not return the verification form to the InterNIC within seven days after it is mailed, the original registration request will expire, and it must be resubmitted. Information on the status of all registration requests will be available to users via two methods. The first method employs the "finger" utility. The finger utility is executed specifying the "trouble ticket" (tt) number returned with the registration request verification/ confirmation message. Example: finger Users will also be able to obtain status information by connecting to via telnet and executing the "status <ticket number>" command. Status information will appear as follows. [BEGIN SCRIPT]__________________________________________________________ > finger [] Retrieving information on Ticket 930303.1034. Please wait... Ticket Number: 930303.1034 Ticket Status: pending Ticket Type: reg/domain Ticket Source: email Ticket Scope: Site/Line: Ticket Owner: autoreg Problem Fixer: duanes Ticket Opened: 03/03/93 14:47 Problem Description: register Williamson [Page 4] RFC 1400 Transition of Registration Services March 1993 Problem Solution: For more information, please contact the InterNIC Registration Center at or (703) 742-4777. Thanks! [END SCRIPT]____________________________________________________________ Other services will also be available via telnet to The interface is similar to the telnet service currently offered by the DDN-NIC. However, the commands used on the InterNIC system are slightly different. The services that will be available via telnet are: WHOIS, Gopher, wais, finger, and status. Below is a short scripted session on the new InterNIC Registration host. [BEGIN SCRIPT]__________________________________________________________ % telnet Trying ... Connected to Escape character is '^]'. SunOS UNIX (rs) (ttyp4) ************************************************************************ * -- InterNIC Network Registration Center -- * * For gopher, type: GOPHER <return> * For wais, type: WAIS <return> * For the *original* whois type: WHOIS <return> * For the X.500 whois DUA, type: X500WHOIS <return> * * For user assistance call (800) 444-4345 or (703) 742-4777 * Please report system problems to ************************************************************************ Cmdinter Ver 1.3 Wed Mar 10 11:23:05 1993 EST InterNIC > ? Command, one of the following DATE FINGER HELP KERMIT LOGIN LOGOUT STATUS WHOIS GOPHER WAIS X500WHOIS InterNIC > date Wed Mar 10 11:23:09 EST 1993 Williamson [Page 5] RFC 1400 Transition of Registration Services March 1993 InterNIC > whois Connecting to the rs Database . . . . . . Connected to the rs Database InterNIC WHOIS Version: 1.0 Wed, 10 Mar 93 11:23:19 Whois: !internic-dom Network Solutions, Inc. (INTERNIC-DOM) 505 Huntmar Park Drive Herndon, VA 22070 Domain Name: INTERNIC.NET Administrative Contact: Zalubski, John (JZ7) zalubskj@INTERNIC.NET (703) 802-8462 Technical Contact, Zone Contact: Kosters, Mark A. (MAK21) markk@INTERNIC.NET (703) 802-8484 Record last updated on 10-Feb-93. Domain servers in listed order: REG.INTERNIC.NET NOC.CERF.NET Whois: quit InterNIC > quit Wed Mar 10 11:24:54 1993 EST Connection closed by foreign host. % [END SCRIPT]____________________________________________________________ Williamson [Page 6] RFC 1400 Transition of Registration Services March 1993 Summary of InterNIC registration services information: General telephone support: 1-800-444-4365 Registration support: 703-742-4777 Mail address: Network Solutions Inc. ATTN: InterNIC Registration Services 505 Huntmar Park Dr. Herndon, VA 22070 Registration information mail list Registration questions and Manual registration Automatic registration mailbox finger To check status of registration request Security Considerations Security issues are not discussed in this memo. Author's Address Scott Williamson Network Solutions, Inc. 505 Huntmar Park Drive Herndon, VA 22070 Phone: (703) 742-4820 EMail: Williamson [Page 7]