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Domain Name System

The Domain Name Service provides the name to address mapping function for the internet. It exists as a distributed database across the internet maintained by a process of delegated authority. The Oxford names servers are authorised to store and supply naming information about computers in the domain. IT Services manages the Oxford name servers, but authorises local network administrators to perform updates to their particular subnetworks.

DNS Policy
See the revised DNS naming policy.
DNS Technical Information

The Interface for Hosts Update is the preferred mechanism for updating the Oxford University hosts database. (Zones other than and related reverse-DNS zones are still managed manually; please mail to request changes in such zones.) The following links give access to various elements of the University's DNS Service:

For information concerning addressing please see the IPv4 & IPv6 section.


Written by IT Services. Latest revision 6 December 2017