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Domain Name System Operations (dnsop)

WG Name Domain Name System Operations
Acronym dnsop
Area Operations and Management Area (ops)
State Active
Charter charter-ietf-dnsop-04 Approved
Document dependencies
Additional resources Legacy Jabber Logs
Zulip stream
Personnel Chairs Benno Overeinder, Suzanne Woolf, Tim Wicinski
Area Director Warren "Ace" Kumari
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Charter for Working Group

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. Describe practices 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
    coexistence issues.

  4. Publish documents to address operational issues with the DNS
    protocols by extending or performing protocol maintenance
    on them. Act as focal-point for operator discussion and provide
    advice to the Ops ADs and other WGs on EDNS0 options, new
    RRTYPEs, DNSSEC, record synthesis, or other mechanics of
    extending DNS to support other applications.

  5. Serve as a home for drafts that document the problem space
    around existing or new DNS issues. The group, with the advice
    and consent of the responsible AD in coordination with other areas,
    will then decide whether these issues belong in DNSOP under
    the existing charter and, if not, will work with the authors and
    appropriate ADs to determine the proper place for the work to be
    carried out.

  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

Done milestones

Date Milestone Associated documents
Done IESG Appoval for dnssec-key-timing