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DNS related RFCs 

Many of these are also distributed as part of the BIND distribution.

RFC 819 
The Domain Naming Convention for Internet User Applications by Z Su and J Postel Documents the original structural ideas of DNS. Aug 1982 

RFC 920 
Domain Requirements by J Postel and J Reynolds 
Administrative document about domains. Will become historical shortly. Oct 1984 

RFC 974 
Mail Routing and the Domain System by Craig Partridge 
Describes MX record processing. Jan 1986 

RFC 1032 
Domain Administrator's Guide by M Stahl 
Explains role of domain administrator. Nov 1987 

RFC 1033 -- updated by RFC 1912
Domain Administrators Operations Guide by M Lottor 
How-to guide, now somewhat out of date. Nov 1987 

RFC 1034 -- updated by RFC 1101
Domain Names--Concepts and Facilities by P Mockapetris 
Reference guide, covers just about everything. Nov 1987 

RFC 1035 -- updated by RFC 1706
Domain Names--Implementation and Specification by P Mockapetris 
Mechanics of the DNS. An HTML version is available. Nov 1987 

RFC 1101 -- updates RFC 1034
DNS Encoding of Network Names and Other Types by P Mockapetris 
How to add network names and netmasks to the DNS. Apr 1989 

RFC 1122 
Requirements for Internet Hosts -- Communication Layers edited by R Braden 
Not directly related to DNS, but section 4 discusses UDP and TCP issues that have important low-level effects on DNS. Oct 1989 

RFC 1123 
Requirements for Internet Hosts -- Application and Support edited by R Braden 
Includes chapter 6, about DNS. Oct 1989 

RFC 1178 
Choosing a Name for Your Computer by D Libes 
Good advice to keep in mind when naming computers. Aug 1990 

RFC 1183 
New DNS RR Definitions by C Everhart, L Mamakos and R Ullmann and edited by P Mockapetris 
New resource records, not widely used. Oct 1990 

RFC 1348 -- updates RFC 1035, obsoleted by RFC 1706. Jul 1992 

RFC 1464 
Using the Domain Name System To Store Arbitrary String Attributes by R Rosenbaum 
Using TXT records to store arbitrary strings in the DNS. May 1993 

RFC 1480 
The US Domain by A Cooper and J Postel 
Policies and procedures related to the .US top-level domain. Jun 1993 

RFC 1535 
A Security Problem and Proposed Correction With Widely Deployed DNS Software by E Gavron 
Highlights subversion possibilities with default resolver search lists. Oct 1993 

RFC 1536 
Common DNS Implementation Errors and Suggested Fixes by A Kumar, J Postel, C Neuman, P Danzig and S Miller 
What to fix and how to fix it, for developers. Oct 1993 

RFC 1537 -- obsoleted by RFC 1912. Oct 1993 

RFC 1591 
Domain Name System Structure and Delegation by J Postel 
Administrative details about the DNS name space. Mar 1994 

RFC 1611 
DNS Server MIB Extensions by R Austein and J Saperia 
Interfacing SNMP to the server side of DNS, waiting to be implemented. May 1994 

RFC 1612 
DNS Resolver MIB Extensions by R Austein and J Saperia 
Interfacing SNMP to the client side of DNS, waiting to be implemented. May 1994 

RFC 1637 -- obsoletes RFC 1348, obsoleted by RFC 1706. Jun 1994 

RFC 1664 
Using the Internet DNS to Distribute RFC 1327 Mail Address Mapping Tables by C Allocchio, A Bonito, B Cole, S Giordano and R Hagens 
Mapping information for converting between X.400 and SMTP addressing into the DNS. Aug 1994 

RFC 1706 -- obsoletes RFC 1348 and RFC 1637
DNS NSAP Resource Records by B Manning and R Colella 
How to add OSI-style NSAPs to the DNS using PTR records. Oct 1994 

RFC 1712 -- obsoleted by RFC 1876 
DNS Encoding of Geographical Location by C Farrell, M Schulze, S Pleitner and D Baldoni, Paul Vixie wrote: `deprecated and retracted by its authors but the RFC editors accidentally published it anyway'. Nov 1994 

RFC 1713 
Tools for DNS debugging by A Romao 
Overview of some DNS tools Nov 1994 

RFC 1794 
DNS Support for Load Balancing by T Brisco 
DNS support for balancing loads of many types. Apr 1995 

RFC 1876 -- obsoletes RFC 1712 
A Means for Expressing Location Information in the Domain Name System by C Davis, P Vixie, T Goodwin and I Dickinson 
Geographical location DNS records. Jan 1996 

RFC 1884 
IP Version 6 Addressing Architecture edited by R Hinden and S Deering 
All about IPv6 addresses. Dec 1995 

RFC 1886 
DNS Extensions to support IP version 6 by S Thomson and C Huitema 
Backward-compatible IPv6 DNS extensions, including new AAAA record type and new domain
IP6.INT. Dec 1995 

RFC 1912
-- obsoletes RFC 1537 
Common DNS Operational and Configuration Errors by D Barr 
Errors and common practice in operation of servers and format of data. Feb 1996 

RFC 1956 
Registration in the MIL Domain by D Engebretson and R Plzak 
Describes the registration policy of the US Department of Defense domain. Jun 1996 

RFC 1982 
Serial Number Arithmetic by R Elz and R Bush 
Defines how serial numbers are compared to determine if a zone has been updated. Aug 1996 

RFC 1995 
Incremental Zone Transfer in DNS by M Ohta 
A mechanism for use with NOTIFY which allows transferring only that part of the zone that changed.  Aug 1996 

RFC 1996 
Notify: a mechanism for prompt notification of authority zone changes by P Vixie 
Describes new NOTIFY opcode for advising slave servers that the master's data has been changed. Aug 1996 

RFC 2010 
Operational Criteria for Root Name Servers by B Manning and P Vixie 
Requirements for root name servers. Oct 1996 

RFC 2052 
A DNS RR for specifying the location of services (DNS SRV) by A Gulbrandsen and P Vixie 
Generalised MX records for services other than mail. Oct 1996 

RFC 2053 
The AM (Armenia) Domain by E Der-Danieliantz 
Procedures for registering in the AM TLD. Oct 1996 

RFC 2065 
Domain Name System Security Extensions by D Eastlake 3rd and C Kaufman 
Digital signatures for data integrity and authentication in the DNS. Jan 1997 

RFC 2136 
Dynamic Updates in the Domain Name System (DNS UPDATE) by P Vixie, S Thomson, Y Rekhter and J Bound 
Mechanics of dynamic updates in DNS. Apr 1997 

RFC 2137 
Secure Domain Name System Dynamic Update by D Eastlake 3rd 
Mechanics of secure dynamic updates in DNS. Apr 1997 

RFC 2146 
US Government Internet Domain Names by the Federal Networking Council 
Describes the registration policy of the US .GOV top-level domain. May 1997 

RFC 2181 
Clarifications to the DNS Specification by R Elz and R Bush 
Jul 1997 

RFC 2182 
Selection and Operation of Secondary DNS Servers by R Elz, R Bush, S Bradner and M Patton 
Jul 1997 

RFC 2219 
Use of DNS Aliases for Network Services M Hamilton and R Wright 
Oct 1997 

RFC 2240 
A Legal Basis for Domain Name Allocation O Vaughan 
Nov 1997