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EPP - specifications - agenda

Tuesday 01 July 2008 00:00:00

The EPP project is in good progress thanks to the cooperation with your dedicated task force. You can find the EPP specifications RC1.0 and the expected agenda.[...]

You can find at the following address the EPP specifications RC1.0.: (in French only, the translation in English on July, 10th) Some parameters which are more about policies than about technical implementation are not in this document and may lead to further discussions in Consultative committees. We strongly recommend a close reading of this document which brings some heavy changes to some of our procedures. Some further documentation and communication will occur periodically but this first step is a decisive one to measure the changes in your own system. The first pages sum up the changes of concepts operated during the specification work. We remind you that these changes in the procedures will affect all registrar should they go to EPP or not . Changes in mail interface will be supported through a new form 2.5.0. The expected agenda is the following: July, 30th 2008 EPP server  V1.0 - beta test for task force only end of October 2008 end of the contact objects migration plan (see details below) launch of the 2.5.0 on line form. end of November 2008 EPP server - pre-prod v1.0 end of January 2009  EPP server - pre-prod V2.0 March, 30th 2009 EPP live end of September 2009 closing of 1.7.4 and 2.0.0 on line form. Starting April 2009, both EPP and mail interfaces will be up and in production but registrars will have to choose exclusively between one of the interface to exchange with AFNIC. For the registrars going from mail to EPP, a transition period will be maintained with both interfaces. EPP - contact objects migration plan In order to open the EPP interface, to simplify the use of the mail registration form and to initiate our new garbage collecting policy on data, preliminary works will be done on the contact objects. You can keep in mind four main rules: all contact objects will have a Nic-Handle (this is not the case today for PM holders). all contact objects will have to be linked with a maintainer object, this maintainer object being linked with a registrar (the maintainer web on line form can be used to create this maintainer object if you don't have one). contact objects won't be shared anymore by registrars. contact objects will now have a limited lifetime, 3 months in a first step as soon as they won't be referenced anymore. They will be first obsoloted in the database and deleted a few days later. Important milestones: Yesterday: more than 220000 objects have been obsoleted July 15th: all non referenced obsoleted contacts will be deleted starting at this date, a deletion process will be launched every 15 days. September 2nd: a new address management tool will be in production correcting for example the Contact webservice bugs. September 16th: automatic creation of a maintainer object for every registrar who don't have one September 30: creation of a Nic-Handle for every object. duplication of every object shared by mutli-registrars. systematic linking with a maintainer object deletion of all "old" maintainer object not linked with a registrar. update of all on line forms to take into account only contact objects linked with the good registrar. October 14th: Garbage Collector set up, automatic tool to clean obsoleted data. Starting at this date deletion will be done daily. EPP - communication To avoid missing some elements on EPP, please periodically consult using EPP tag ( All available elements will be referenced there. Don't hesitate to send all your comments or questions to
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