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Register or Record a Domain Name at Cornell

Step-by-step guide for all requirements in the process to request or record a domain name at Cornell. 

This article applies to: DNS


1: Network Administrator Submits a Request

Use the Request Form.

  1. The form requires ALL fields to be filled in.
    • To register, click Request CIT DNS Service.
    • To record, click Record Purchase Only.
  2. Email notification #1 (Request) is sent to unit head.
  3. All requests proceed to Step 2.

2: The Unit Head Affirms or Denies the Request

Use the Approval Form.

  1. In the Your comments field, enter the reasons for approving or denying the request.
  2. To approve: Click I affirm the domain.

- or -

To deny: Click I deny the domain.

3: Domain Name Manager Creates Domain or Refers Request for Review

See the Status Form.

If the request clearly meets the criteria set forth in the policy (recognized name of a unit, registered student organization, etc.), then

  1. Domain Name Manager creates the domain.
  2. Email notification #3 (Domain Created) is sent to network administrator and unit head.
  3. Registration on the Campus Servers is Complete.
  4. Adjust Nameservers for the Domain at the Registrar to point to the Campus DNS servers. Login to your Domain Registrar (for example, GoDaddy) and adjust the Nameservers. Typically there are three Nameserver entries. Remove the old ones and add these names:

           DNS.CIT.CORNELL.EDU
           BIGRED.CIT.CORNELL.EDU
           DRDNS2.CIT.CORNELL.EDU

    After test changes have propagated you should be able to do all DNS Operations for the Domain from inside DNSDB. Feel free to contact Hostmaster for any questions or concerns.

If the request clearly does not meet the criteria set forth in the policy, then

  1. Domain Name Manager refers request to the Domain Review Board.
  2. Request proceeds to Step 4.

4: Domain Review Board Affirms or Denies Request

The Domain Review Board does the following:

  1. Requests supporting information from the requesting unit as needed.
  2. Enters the Review Board's decision in the Domain Name Registry within one month.

If the Domain Review Board approves request, then

  1. Domain is created.
  2. Email notification #4 (Approve) is sent to network administrator and unit head.
  3. Registration is complete.

If the Domain Review Board denies request, then

  1. Email notification #4 (Request Denied) is sent to network administrator and unit head.
  2. Domain is not created. No further appeal is possible.

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