September 07 - October 28, 2011

Validation Process

An application for Sunrise AD undergoes two checks. It must pass at least one of these checks in order to qualify for Sunrise AD. These serve to check the relationship between the branch-relevant domain already registered under another TLD and the matching .XXX domain that is being applied for.

Key steps for validation

  • The registrant, i.e. the Sunrise AD applicant should first check the following:
    a) The domain name of the desired .XXX domain exactly matches the corresponding domain under another TLD.
    b) The corresponding domain under another TLD was registered before or on February 1, 2010.
  • The registrant makes the application for the Sunrise AD domain through an ICANN i.e. ICM Registry accredited registrar - e.g. InterNetX.
  • The registrar forwards the application to the registry and obtains a domain ID for the order. The domain ID is placed with the relevant order in the web interface - at InterNetX this is in AutoDNS 3.0. The domain ID refers to the Registry Operator ID (ROID), a unique character string that may contain letters and numbers.
  • The registrant requests the domain ID from the registrar, i.e. can obtain it in the web interface.
  • The registrant places the domain ID in at least one of the positions described further below.
  • The validation agent repeatedly checks whether the domain ID has been added correctly. This check is one of the most important parts of the validation process. It is therefore essential that the domain ID is added completely and correctly.

Adding and checking the domain ID

For these checks, the Sunrise AD applicant must request the domain ID for the Sunrise application from his registrar, .i.e. request it in the web interface (AutoDNS 3.0). After receiving the domain ID, the Sunrise AD applicant must include it in one or both of the positions described below.

Position 1
The domain ID is included in an empty text file (.txt) with prefix IPROTA_ (underscore included) in the root directory of the corresponding website, e.g. IPROTA_[DOMAINID].txt in www.example.com

Position 2
IPROTA_[DOMAINID] is added to the TXT (Text) Resource Record in the DNS zone of the website www.example.com.

The validation agent IPRota checks this electronically at regular intervals. If the domain ID has not been placed in one of the two positions, the application is rejected. However, if the domain ID has been added correctly and the application also fulfills all other requirements, the application is validated.

How to add the domain ID

Position 1

  • Create a new, empty text file with a simple text editor
  • Save it as .txt file with the file name IPROTA_DOMAINID. The file name should therefore be  IPROTA_DOMAINID.txt (DOMAINID = is the domain ID you get from the registrar)
  • Integrate the file IPROTA_DOMAINID.txt in the document root of the corresponding website www.example.com
  • The validation agent checks whether the file IPROTA_DOMAINID.text is located in the document root.

Position 2

The text file IPROTA_DOMAINID.txt can also be placed in the DNS of the website for which the corresponding .XXX domain is being applied for.

  • In the web interface - in this case AutoDNS 3.0 - add an additional nameserver entry, leave the field titled Name empty, select type RR-Type and enter IPROTA_DOMAINID as the value. This procedure only works if the corresponding domain is also connected to the InterNetX nameserver, i.e. the zone administration is also set up for external nameservers.
  • The validation agent checks whether the file IPROTA_DOMAINID has been placed on the corresponding nameserver (DNS).

Timing

Up to five days after Sunrise phase has ended, the validation agent IPRota will repeatedly check whether the domain ID has been placed correctly.