SRS (& DNRS) Documentation Update

A project to review and rewrite the documentation or the SRS is currently underway. In addition to improving upon the existing SRS documentation, one of the aims of the project is to promote the SRS as an alternative standards-based protocol to the Extensible Provisioning Protocol (EPP).

The project has been split into two phases:

Phase one involves producing an SRS Standards document that documents the SRS as a standard and submitting it to the IETF internet drafts process with the ultimate aim of achieving an RFC publication status. This document excludes any .nz implementation specific details as these details are covered in phase two.

Phase two involves producing an SRS Implementation document that takes the SRS Standard and details all the .nz business rules that have been used to implement the SRS for the .nz name space. For example the SRS Standard document will describe the type of grace periods used and the SRS Implementation document will specify the specific values used for the grace periods.

NZRS are pleased to announce that phase one has been completed and the internet draft of the SRS standard has been submitted to the internet drafts process.

I would like to thank the author Matthew Hunt, and the SRS support team at NZRS and Catalyst IT Limited for their help in producing this document.

The draft document is available on the NZRS website in txt, or pdf format:

Alternatively it can be found in the IETF drafts:

If you have any comments or suggestions on the standards document, then these can be made via the mailing list (see below) or alternatively sent to

Details of the IETF submission:

A new version of I-D, draft-nzrs-srs-00.txt has been successfully submitted by Matthew Hunt and posted to the IETF repository.

Filename: draft-nzrs-srs
Revision: 00
Title: System for Managing a Shared Domain Registry
Creation_date: 2008-05-18
WG ID: Independent Submission
Number_of_pages: 120

This document describes the typical usage and communication protocol of a client/server shared registry system for management of domain name registrations. The system described is a "thick registry" system, providing support for the storage and management of both the technical and the registrant contact information concerning domain registrations. The system relies on the existing HTTP and HTTPS infrastructure for transport and secure transfer to avoid having to implement a dedicated protocol and server environment. A bespoke XML format is used to communicate between clients and the SRS server.

Comments are solicited and should be addressed to the mailing list at and/or the author. The mailing list management page can be found at <>.

Dave Baker
.nz Registry Services

Posted by Andrew Ruthven 2008-05-21

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