DNS 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 name servers are authorised to store and supply naming information about computers in the ox.ac.uk 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 ox.ac.uk and related reverse-DNS zones are still managed manually; please mail firstname.lastname@example.org to request changes in such zones.) The following links give access to various elements of the University's DNS Service:
- IP addresses of the Oxford University nameservers
- The DNS web interface
- DNS technical rules & guidelines
- Domain registration and hosting
- Activation of http://ox.ac.uk/ and http://unit.ox.ac.uk/ for web server use
- Windows Active Directory and DNS
- Zones hosted on the IT Services nameservers
- Zone listings
- Hosts database (Note: updated Monday-Friday hourly from 0800 to 1800)
For information concerning addressing please see the IPv4 & IPv6 section.