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The _service domain and prefix

Document Type Expired Internet-Draft (individual)
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Author Jeroen Massar
Last updated 2005-07-12
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This document defines a new domain, _service., which can be used for automatic service configuration and discovery. The associated anycast prefixes can be used to configure a default DNS server, which provides lookups for a local _service. domain but also acts as a (caching) recursive DNS server, thus allowing DNS clients to use this well-known address as their default DNS server as well as to use it to find various well known services, thus avoiding manual configuration.


Jeroen Massar

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