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DDN MGT Bulletin 84              DCA DDN Defense Communications System   
4 Sept 91                        Published by: DDN Network Info Center
                                     (NIC@NIC.DDN.MIL)  (800) 235-3155

                        DEFENSE  DATA  NETWORK

                         MANAGEMENT  BULLETIN

The DDN MANAGEMENT BULLETIN is distributed online by the DDN Network
Information Center under DCA contract as a means of communicating
official policy, procedures and other information of concern to
management personnel at DDN facilities.  Back issues may be read
through the TACNEWS server ("@n" command at the TAC) or may be
obtained by FTP (or Kermit) from the NIC.DDN.MIL host []
using login="anonymous" and password="guest".  The pathname
for bulletins is DDN-NEWS:DDN-MGT-BULLETIN-nn.TXT (where "nn" is the
bulletin number).
                       TRANSITION OF NIC SERVICES

The transition of the Network Information Center from SRI
International in Menlo Park, CA, to Government Systems Inc. in
Chantilly, VA, is officially scheduled for 1 October 1991.  This
includes the transition of services currently offered to DDN and
Internet users by SRI, such as network/user registration, on-line
information services, and Help Desk operations.  SRI will continue to
provide all NIC services, to include responding to all user calls and
requests, until 30 September 1991.

DISA and GSI will make every effort to ensure a smooth and timely
transition of NIC services from SRI.  Network users should be
minimally impacted.  With a few minor exceptions, all on-line services
currently offered by SRI will appear the same to the user when a
connection is established to the new (GSI) NIC host.  These exceptions
are due to the change from the TOPS20 operating system to the SunOS
operating system.  The new NIC host is a Sun 470 SPARCserver running
SunOS 4.1.  All users on the DDN and the Internet should carefully
note the following changes:

U.S. Postal Address:      Government Systems, Inc.
                          Attn: Network Information Center
                          14200 Park Meadow Drive
                          Suite 200
                          Chantilly, VA  22021

Help Desk Telephone Numbers:

                          1-800-365-3642 (1-800-365-DNIC)

Help Desk Hours of Operation:

                          7:00 am to 7:00 pm Eastern Standard Time

Fax Number:               1-703-802-8376

Network Address: (NIC.DDN.MIL)

Root Domain Server: (NS.NIC.DDN.MIL)

During the period of 26 to 30 September 1991 the ID (WHOIS) database
will not be changed.  All registration actions for this five day
period will be suspended.  This action is necessary in order to
transfer the master database to GSI.  Starting 26 September 1991, all
U.S. mail and fax requests should be addressed to the GSI address and
fax number shown above.  All electronic mail requests should continue
to be directed to the "HOSTMASTER" and "REGISTRAR" mailboxes at
NIC.DDN.MIL.  As appropriate, SRI will redirect electronic mail to
GSI.  On 1 October 1991 all registration activities will resume to
include the normal generation of DDN TAC access cards.
Currently-valid TAC access cards will remain valid until the normal
expiration date.

IMPORTANT!  Hosts not using the domain naming system should edit their
host tables prior to 1 October 1991 to reflect the change in GSI's
domain name DIIS.DDN.MIL ( to NIC.DDN.MIL and delete the
current NIC.DDN.MIL ( from their tables.  The GSI IP
address,, will not change and may be used in lieu of the
domain name.  GSI will re-generate all informational and network
tables (i.e., host tables) no later than 8 October 1991.  All tables
will be available using the same access method currently used to
download from the SRI NIC.

We hope that the transition and its accompanying changes will not
greatly inconvenience network users, and we thank you in advance for
your patience and understanding.  For general questions regarding the
transition, users may call the new NIC Help Desk after September 1,
1991 at 1-800-365-3642.  Questions regarding NIC operations policy
should be referred to Mr. Wil Pitre of DISA/DODS at (703) 692-2771
(DSN) 222-2771.  Questions regarding NIC contractual matters should be
referred to Mr. Tyrone Smallwood of DISA/DISCA.

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