[db-wg] Announcement: IPv4 Early Registration Transfer Test
To: Database WG db-wg@localhost, LIR-WG lir-wg@localhost
From: leo vegoda leo@localhost
Date: Thu, 5 Dec 2002 18:27:02 +0100
Organization: RIPE Network Coordination Centre
Following from the work of the ERX Task Force in October,
the four RIRs will begin a test transfer on Monday, 9
The objective of the test transfer is to estimate time and
resources needed to carry out the whole project as well as
further elaborate procedures and identify issues.
43 networks from one range (126.96.36.199/8) will be transferred
to the RIPE Database during this test phase according to
the timeline below. A detailed list of the networks can be
Since this is an ARIN majority /8, the transfer will be of
networks within the /8, rather than the /8 itself.
Contacts for networks to be transferred to the RIPE Database
will be notified by e-mail on 11 December 2002. Each network
will use a single ticket number. Please do not remove the
ticket number from the Subject header when replying to the
If you have questions regarding the process, please contact
The transfer process is as below:
The plan is to perform the transfer by /8. For each /8 the
following tasks have to be performed:
1. Conflicts (contacts and description) to be resolved
2. Records and associated documentation to be transferred
3. Reverse delegation to be set up
The following types of conflicts have been identified:
C1. Record exists in ARIN Database only. There is no exact
matching (range wise) record in the RIPE Databas
Proposal: to update internal documentation, create the
record in the RIPE Database and protect with a unique
generated maintainer. The inetnum will be created with a
status attribute value of "EARLY-REGISTRATION"(*)
C2. Range matches records in both ARIN and RIPE Databases.
Meaning that contacts and description may be different.
Most cases indicate out of date information in one of
the Databases, not real conflicts or attempts to hijack
address space. What happened in most cases is that
people started maintaining their allocation or assignement
in the RIPE Database, especially since RIPE Database
started to support the Routing Registry.
Proposal: Notify the contacts and give them time to reach
consensus. After the deadline merge the records whose
contacts have not responded. Database objects will not be
locked by either ARIN or the RIPE NCC during the transfer
process. The RIPE NCC will not change the maintainer on
objects following the transfer process.
C3.0 Record exists in the RIPE DB only.
C3.1. One reason why such situation may exist is that this
is a valid RIPE NCC allocation.
Proposal: To preserve information in the RIPE DB. The
existing value of the status attribute will be preserved.
If the existing inetnum object does not have a status
attribute a status attribute with a value of
"EARLY-REGISTRATION"(*) will be inserted.
C3.2 Another situation is that the registration data are
Proposal: Notify contacts and give them time to explain
the situation. Where no explanation is forthcoming or the
contacts explain that the registrations are 'garbage' the
records will be deleted.
(*) The status of "EARLY-REGISTRATION"(*) is a special
value proposed for the ERX networks. It has no policy
implications and objects with this status can be
created only by the Database Administration.
PROCEDURE for a /8
1. Pre transfer
1.1 Initial dump is prepared for transfer by ARIN
1.2 Announcement is sent to ARIN's contacts
1.3 Reverse delegation domain space is cleaned up in the
RIPE Database (reverse domain objects for which no
delegation was provided are deleted)
2.1 Final dump is prepared by ARIN
2.2 C1 group: database records are imported, documentation
is updated, contacts are notified
2.3 C2 group: contacts (ARIN+RIPE) are asked to reach
2.4 C3.2 group: contacts are notified of possible deletion.
3. Conflict resolution
3.1 C2 group: non responding records are merged but
3.2 C3.2 group: records without good reasons are deleted.
1 Happens on 9 December 2002
2 Happens on day 10 January and only takes 1 day. At
this point we are done with this /8 from ARIN's point
3 May continue after 10 January if necessary