This page presents some frequently asked questions and answers
concerning .com and .net domains.
Besides the information offered here, we have a list
of general questions
and answers about the domain system, which is worth reading
and well-suited to impart a solid basic understanding for this topic.
Authinfo is some kind of password, which is required for changing the registrar of a domain.
It thus protects you against unauthorized persons initiating such an operation.
You can choose it freely during the registration of a new domain.
It must consist of at least 8 characters, including a letter, a digit,
and a special character from the list below.
If at some time you want to change the sponsoring
have to specify the authinfo password for the respective
domain. This proves that you are authorized to
request the change.
You can see the authinfo passwords of your Domanis in the Webinterface of
the DRS after you have logged in to the system. They are displayed on the
domain details page.
A contact handle is a short alphanumeric code that
provides an alternative way to specify contact data.
With every successful registration of a domain, a handle is being created for
every contact provided during the registration process.
Once you have a handle for a set of contact data, you don't have to manually
fill out the fields if you want to use the same data again. Instead, it
suffices to specify a handle in the appropriate field. This saves you
a lot of time-consuming typing.
The handles of a domain can be found in the DRS (on the details page for the domain).
Important: The different top level domains each require their own set
of handles. For example, .info handles cannot be used for .de domains,
even if both handles specify the same contact data!
Those for .com and .net domains always start with the prefix »COCO-«
No. The country parameter is required to hold the international
country code representation according to ISO-3166, like »DE«,
»AT«, or »CH«. This field is case-insensitive (so using »de« or
»De« will work as well), but it may not contain periphrases
like »Germany« or »Switzerland«.
Yes, but a precondition is that the name servers that lie in a
domain registered at NSI, are already registered as name servers
at NSI. The DRS tries to do that automatically.
If that does not succeed then an error message is issued.
You then have to manually apply for it at the registrar
who administers the domain of the name server.
In principle, the domain name of a name server is arbitrary. If a name
server shall govern several domains, however, it should not have a
name that lies inside one of the domains that it administers itself.
When transferring domains from one registrar to another, often not
only the domains are being transmitted, but also the name servers that
lie within these domains and are responsible for them.
In the situation described above, this could lead to (organizational)
We recommend the RFCs 1536 and 1537
for reading. These documents are intended for professionals and might be
rather confusing for laymen. Our DRS has a very comfortable user interface
that makes it possible to easily manage the complicated issues even
without technical background knowledge.