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Now Available: Whois-RWS Differences Documentation

Posted: Friday, 11 June 2010

ARIN is deploying an improved Whois service called Whois-RWS on 26 June 2010. When using the Whois-RWS you will notice some differences in behavior for certain queries and corresponding result sets on the NICNAME/WHOIS port 43 service. Detailed documentation on these differences is now available at:

 https://www.arin.net/resources/whoisrws/whois_diff.html

ARIN’s Directory Service for registration data has used the NICNAME/WHOIS protocol since its inception. The limitations of the NICNAME/WHOIS protocol are well known and documented in RFC3912. Whois-RWS was created as an alternative to the ARIN Whois and will provide much richer functionality and capability to the community.

A demo of this service has been available since October 2009. The demonstration service is available at
http://whoisrws-demo.arin.net
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ARIN continues to welcome community participation on the Whois-RWS mailing list, and we invite you to subscribe and share your thoughts and suggestions at:
http://lists.arin.net/mailman/listinfo/arin-whoisrws

More detailed information on these changes and other future features that may impact the community at ARIN is available at:
https://www.arin.net/features/

Regards,

Mark Kosters
Chief Technical Officer
American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)

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