[arin-announce] Managing Your Delegations in DNSSEC

ARIN info at arin.net
Tue Aug 17 10:14:41 EDT 2010

There are a number of critical improvements to ARIN services that are 
projected to be released at the end of 2010.

ARIN is changing its systems in order to support per-delegation 
management of nameservers and provision secure delegations through 
Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC). In the future, these 
changes will also be used to improve reporting of lame delegations. 
ARIN’s new system will enable you to individually manage each of your 
reverse zones within a network. For complete details on these changes 
and a preview of the new user interface, visit:


As part of the delegation management change, we will be releasing a new 
set of templates that will include an API key field for added security 
and authentication. API keys are issued through ARIN Online and are not 
published to the community in any way. Since these keys are not 
published, template submissions will be more secure. There are multiple 
ways to add an API key but the most reasonable is to place it within the 
request template. For details on this and other uses for API keys, 
please refer to:


The nameserver fields and the optional resource contact section are also 
being removed from the templates. For those who continue to use the 
version 4 templates, the new system will ignore nameserver changes 
submitted via template and will ignore any resource POCs added on 
Detailed Reassignment or Reallocation templates. Please note that 
version 3 templates will not be supported after the new templates are 
released, so if you are still using version 3, please plan accordingly. 
ARIN is making the new templates available for preview at:


Because the current system is not yet ready to accept the new templates, 
please continue using the current template set until further notice. 
After the version 5 templates are released, all new requests should be 
submitted using these revised templates. The new system is backward 
compatible, so ARIN will continue to accept the version 4 templates to 
allow customers using scripts sufficient time to update their software. 
If you continue using version 4 templates after version 5 is released, 
you must include an API key in the subject line or associate your e-mail 
address with an API key (see the link above for further instructions on 
this). ARIN encourages all customers to transition to using ARIN Online 
to modify your resources as these features are released because they 
will allow your modifications to be reflected immediately in our 
database. We will continue to provide and support templates for those 
who are unable to use ARIN’s Web interface.

ARIN will be providing additional information in the coming months to 
help you prepare for the upcoming changes. Details on all of the 
projects in development are available at:


If you have further questions about these template changes or other 
upcoming features, please e-mail hostmaster at arin.net.


Mark Kosters
Chief Technology Officer
American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)

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