[AfrICANN-discuss] Clarified Technical Name Server Checks Published

Anne-Rachel Inné annerachel at gmail.com
Tue Jun 9 18:22:47 SAST 2009

Clarified Technical Name Server Checks Published

8 June 2009

ICANN has published a revised procedure, entitled "Technical requirements
for authoritative name servers", on the IANA website.

When a domain operator within an IANA-managed zone (such as a top-level
domain operator) wishes to change their authoritative name server delegation
details, ICANN performs technical checks against the proposed servers. These
tests are designed to check minimal conformance with technical standards to
ensure the domain will function correctly.

The previous technical conformance criteria available on the IANA website
were published in 2001, and did not comprehensively reflect current
practice. Recognising the need for better documentation, staff also felt
that the intent of the checks could be better fulfilled by implementing
improved evaluation techniques.

ICANN published the current set of tests performed and solicited public
feedback on those tests. Useful contributions were received from many
parties, both through the public comment period, and through subsequent
discussions at operator forums. This feedback, particularly from the
top-level domain operator community, formed the basis of the revised

In the procedures, the technical checks performed are advisory. If the
domain operator does not meet all the criteria, if they can show Internet
stability is not harmed then the technical changes can still be accepted.

Technical requirements for authoritative name servers

Call for public comments on technical check procedure

Comments received during call for public comments
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