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OTS Guides

CIDR Allocation of IPv4 Addresses within THEnet

Preventing IP Spoofed Address Denial of Service (DoS) Attacks

What is the DNS?

What is an IP Address?

What is Reverse DNS Lookup?

 

Other Guides

InterNIC FAQs on the Domain Names, Registrars, and Registration
InterNIC, September 2003
http://www.internic.net/faqs/domain-names.html

Understanding IP Addressing: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know (PDF)
3Com Corporation Online White Paper
Santa Clara, CA: 3Com Corporation, 2001.
http://www.3com.com/other/pdfs/infra/corpinfo/en_US/501302.pdf

 

Useful Sites

American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)
Established in December 1997, the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) is a Regional Internet Registry (RIR). One of five (5) RIRs, ARIN provides services related to the technical coordination and management of Internet number resources in its respective service region, which includes Canada, the United States, and several islands in the Caribbean Sea and North Atlantic Ocean.

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has the responsibility for Internet Protocol (IP) address space allocation, protocol identifier assignment, generic (gTLD) and country code (ccTLD) Top-Level Domain name system management, and root server system management functions, as well as coordinating the management of the technical elements of the DNS which manages IP addresses and the DNS System.

Lonestar Education And Research Network (LEARN)
The Lonestar Education And Research Network (LEARN) is a cooperative effort of 33 institutions of higher education in Texas to provide high-speed connectivity between their institutions as well as to research networks across the country in support of higher education's research, teaching, health care, and public service missions. The LEARN network is intended to enhance Texas' research competitiveness and the state's economic competitiveness and to provide state-of-the-art, cost-effective data communications that enable effective education of students around the state.

Texas Sponsored Education Group Participant (TexasSEGP) Program
The Texas Sponsored Education Group Participant (TexasSEGP) Program, part of the Internet2 SEGP Program, is intended to allow expanded access to the Internet2 high-speed backbone Abilene network for Texas state and regional education networks through sponsorship by Internet2 SEGP connectors. State and regional networks may include nonprofit and for-profit K-12, community colleges, universities, museums, libraries, art galleries, or hospitals that require routine collaboration on instructional, clinical or research projects, services, and content with Internet2 members or with other sponsored participants.

Selected Internet Request For Comments (RFCs)

RFC 920 "Domain Requirements" October 1984.
A policy statement on the requirements of establishing a new domain.

RFC 921 "Domain Name System Implementation Schedule - Revised" October 1984.
A policy statement on the implementation of the Domain Style Naming System in the Internet. Updates RFCs: 897, 881

RFC 950 "Internet Standard Subnetting Procedure" August 1985.
Specifies a protocol for the ARPA-Internet community for subnetting.

RFC 952 "DoD Internet Host Table Specification" October 1985.
Specifies syntax for legal Internet host names. Obsoletes RFCs: 810, 608

RFC 1034 "Domain Names — Concepts and Facilities" November 1987.
An introduction to the Domain Name System (DNS). Obsoletes RFCs: 882, 883, 973

RFC 1035 "Domain Names — Implementation and Specification" November 1987.
Describes the details of the domain system DNS and protocol, and assumes that the reader is familiar with the concepts discussed in a companion RFC, "Domain Names - Concepts and Facilities" [RFC 1034]. Obsoletes RFCs: 882, 883, 973

RFC 1123 "Requirements for Internet Hosts — Application and Support" October 1989.
Updates the syntax of a legal Internet host name given in RFC 952 (see Section 2.1)

RFC 1178 "Choosing a Name for Your Computer" August 1990.
This FYI RFC provides traditional advice on computer name selection.

RFC 1480 "The US Domain" June 1993
Discusses the top-level .us domain. Obsoletes RFC: 1386

RFC 1517 "Applicability Statement for the Implementation of Classless Inter-Domain Routing (CIDR)" September 1993.
Specifies an Internet standards track protocol; refer to the current "Internet Official Protocol Standards" for the standardization state and status of this protocol.

RFC 1518 "An Architecture for IP Address Allocation with CIDR" September 1993.
Specifies an Internet standards track protocol; refer to the current "Internet Official Protocol Standards" for the standardization state and status of this protocol.

RFC 1519 "Classless Inter-Domain Routing (CIDR): An Address Assignment and Aggregation Strategy" September 1993.
Specifies an Internet standards track protocol; refer to the current "Internet Official Protocol Standards" for the standardization state and status of this protocol. Obsoletes RFC: 1338

RFC 1520 "Exchanging Routing Information Across Provider Boundaries in the CIDR Environment" September 1993.
Informational RFC that 1) describes various alternatives for exchanging inter-domain routing information across domain boundaries, where one of the peering domain is CIDR-capable and another is not and 2) addresses the implications of running CIDR-capable inter-domain routing protocols (e.g., BGP-4, IDRP) on intra-domain routing.

RFC 1583 "OSPF Version 2" March 1994.
A specification of the Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) TCP/IP internet routing protocol. Obsoletes RFC: 1247

RFC 1591 "Domain Name System Structure and Delegation" March 1994
Provides some information on the structure of the names in the Domain Name System (DNS), specifically the top-level domain names, and on the administration of domains.

RFC 1855 "Netiquette Guidelines" October 1995
Provides a minimum set of guidelines for Network Etiquette (Netiquette) which organizations may take and adapt for their own use.

RFC 1917 "An Appeal to the Internet Community to Return Unused IP Network (Prefixes) to the IANA" February 1996
An appeal to the members of the Internet community who have IP network assignments which may be currently unused, the Internet community would like to encourage you to return those addresses to the IANA or your provider for reapportionment.

RFC 1918 "Address Allocation for Private Internets" February 1996
Describes address allocation for private internets. The allocation permits full network layer connectivity among all hosts inside an enterprise as well as among all public hosts of different enterprises.

RFC 2050 "Internet Registry IP Allocation Guidelines" November 1996
Describes the rules and guidelines governing the distribution of Internet address space. Obsoletes RFC: 1466

RFC 2100 "The Naming of Hosts" April 1997
An interesting commentary — in iambic pentameter — on the difficulty of deciding upon an acceptably distinctive hostname for one's computer.

RFC 2308 "Negative Caching of DNS Queries (DNS NCACHE)" March 1998
Provides a description of how to cache negative responses. Updates RFCs: 1034, 1035