The DNS Operations Working Group will develop guidelines for the
operation of DNS software and services and for the administration
of DNS zones. These guidelines will provide technical information
relating to the implementation of the DNS protocol by the operators
and administrators of DNS zones. The group will perform the following
1. Define the processes by which Domain Name System (DNS) software
may be efficiently and correctly administered, configured, and
operated on Internet networks. This will include root zone name
servers, TLD name servers, or any other resolver or server
functioning as part of the global DNS. As part of this effort,
the group will produce documents explaining to the general
Internet community what processes and mechanisms should be
employed for the effective management and operation of DNS
software and services, including root, TLD, and recursive servers.
2. Publish documents concerning DNSSEC operational procedures.
3. Publish documents concerning DNS operational
procedures in IPv6 and mixed IPv6-IPv4 networks, and provide
documentation and guidance on DNS-related IPv6 transition and
4. Publish documents on extensions or protocol maintenance to the
DNS Protocol, with a focus on the operational impacts of such
changes. Act as clearinghouse for discussion or provide advice
to ADs and other WGs on EDNS0 options, new RRTYPEs, DNSSEC,
record synthesis, or other mechanics of extending DNS to support
5. Serve as a clearinghouse for DNS-related issues where people can
bring drafts that document the problem space around these issues.
The group will then decide whether these issues belong in DNSOP
and, if not, will work with the authors and appropriate ADs to
determine the appropriate group for the work.
6. Publish documents that attempt to better define the overlapping
area among the public DNS root, DNS-like names as used in local
or restricted naming scopes, and the 'special names' registry
that IETF manages, perhaps including how they might interact.
This work must take into consideration issues that are strictly
beyond the operation of the DNS itself, and the working group
will consult with IETF liaisons to other organizations as