DNS Policy (Draft)

Policy

Technology Services has the sole authority to allocate, assign, and delegate any Domain Name System (DNS) zone associated with Internet Protocol (IP) space designated to the Urbana campus. Procedural specifics for this policy are detailed on the DNS standards page. Oversight for this policy (compliance, maintenance, and definition for the associated standard) is assigned to the Chief Information Officer for the Urbana campus unless governance is otherwise provided for in University or campus policy.

Background

EDUCAUSE and the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) have delegated second level domains and IP addresses, respectively, to CITES acting on the authority of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with the agreement that DNS service will be properly maintained and configured.

Terminology

The American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) allocates IP address space to the University.

DNS zone is a name which identifies an entity on the Internet. Examples of domains include "uiuc.edu" and "illinois.edu."

The Domain Name System (DNS) is a method of translating a readable name to an Internet Protocol (IP) address. DNS use is perceived to be synonymous with the use of the campus data network; its resources must be carefully controlled to ensure its proper operations and maintenance.

EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association that grants ".edu" domains. Its mission is to "advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology."

IP address space is a grouping of numbers that identify devices on a given network.

Second Level Domains are subdomains such as "uiuc.edu" and "illinois.edu" of the top level domain ".edu."