Private Enterprise Number (PEN) practices and registration procedures
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Network Working Group                                           P. Liang
Internet-Draft                                                     ICANN
Intended status: Informational                               A. Melnikov
Expires: September 6, 2012                                     Isode Ltd
                                                           March 5, 2012

 Private Enterprise Number (PEN) practices and registration procedures
                        draft-liang-iana-pen-00

Abstract

   Private Enterprise Numbers (PENs), are assigned as part of the
   technical protocol parameters and are frequently used in the
   management of network connected equipment or software via SNMP-based
   network management systems, LDAP, DIAMETER or GSS-API.  This document
   discusses what a Private Enterprise Number (PEN) is, common uses and
   registration procedures.  The registration procedures include
   instructions for obtaining a new Private Enterprise Number,
   modification to existing numbers and removal.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
   2.  Example of use for Private Enterprise Numbers . . . . . . . . . 3
   3.  Who can get a Private Enterprise Number?  . . . . . . . . . . . 4
   4.  Other useful things to know . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
   5.  Syntax for Private Enterprise Numbers . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
   6.  Acknowledgements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
   7.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
   8.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
   9.  References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
     9.1.  Normative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
     9.2.  Informative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
   Authors' Addresses  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

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1.  Introduction

   A Private Enterprise Number (PEN) is a non-negative integer that can
   be used to reference an organization ("enterprise") in protocols that
   require numeric values instead of a human readable organization name.

   Currently, the assignment procedures for assignment of new PENs and
   the modification of existing PENs is not clearly documented.  Private
   Enterprise Numbers are referenced in RFCs [RFC1157] [RFC1213] and
   [RFC2578].  These documents mostly define Simple Network Management
   Protocol (SNMP), Management Information Base (MIB), and Structure of
   Management Information (SMI).  However, none of the above mentioned
   RFCs clearly describe PENs and define the registration procedures.

   Additionally, updates to existing Private Enterprise Numbers can also
   be problematic resulting from the lack of clear registration
   requirements.  Historical assignments that pre-exist ICANN's
   management of the registry, contains inaccurate information.  As
   result of that, ICANN/IANA has no reliable records of the historical
   registrations to verify new information against the original
   requests.  Furthermore, modification requests can be hardly validated
   in cases like companies change names and/or legal ownerships, a
   product was sold to another company, email addresses of existing
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