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    Root Servers Verisign/NSI
    VeriSign Announces Faster Updates for .com and .net
    posted by michael on Friday July 09 2004, @11:56AM

    VeriSign announced it will update the .com and .net zones "every few seconds" instead of twice a day.

    Here's the announcement posted to the Nanog list:

    VeriSign Naming and Directory Services (VNDS) currently generates new versions of the .com/.net zones files twice per day. VNDS is scheduled to deploy on September 8, 2004 a new feature that will enable VNDS to update the .com/.net zones more frequently to reflect the registration activity of the .com/.net registrars in near real time. After the rapid DNS update is implemented, the elapsed time from registrars' add or change operations to the visibility of those adds or changes in all 13 .com/.net authoritative name servers is expected to average less than five minutes.

    The rapid update process will batch domain name adds and domain name changes every few seconds. The serial number in the .com/.net zones' SOA records will increase with each batch of changes applied. As described in a message to the NANOG list in January [1], these serial numbers are now based on UTC time encoded as the number of seconds since the UNIX epoch (00:00:00 GMT, 1 January 1970).

    VNDS will continue to publish .com/.net zone files twice per day as part of the TLD Zone File Access Program. [2] These zone files will continue to reflect the state of the .com/.net registry database at the moment zone generation begins.

    VNDS does not anticipate any negative consequences of deployment of rapid updates to the .com/.net zones. However, as a courtesy we are providing the Internet community with 60 days advance notice of the change to the update process.

    Some questions and answers about rapid updates for .com/.net are available at http://www.verisign.com/nds/naming/rapid_update/faq.html.

    Matt Larson
    VeriSign Naming and Directory Services

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    While .COM and .NET Progress - .ORG Fails
    by Anonymous on Saturday July 10 2004, @09:34AM (#13910)
    On Thursday night, 1 July, approximately between 9PM to 11PM EST, we started observing reports regarding time outs reaching UltraDNS .ORG Name Servers. We understand the problem was a result of systems upgrades by UltraDNS and has been corrected.

    As we continue to investigate the issue, we will be able to better inform you of the outcome of our findings. We are taking steps to insure that this situation will not recur.

    Please let me know if I can provide any further information.

    Bruce W. Beckwith
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    Public Interest Registry
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