All registry operators have maintenance windows. In some cases they last a few minutes, while in others they can last a few hours.
But DK Hostmaster has to “take the biscuit”.
They’re shutting down all operations for a full 24 hours! While existing domains will continue to function as normal, the registry will be closed for all other operations for a full 24 hours.
Is this some new record?
Here’s the email they sent out to nameserver managers:
“In connection with an upgrade of the DK Hostmaster systems, a number of
services, including the redelegation option, will shut down for 24 hours.
For further details, see below.
On 30 August 2009, users of the DK Hostmaster website will benefit from an
improved self-service facility. Our website will have a new, user-friendly
design to match the upgraded self-service facility. At the same time, we
will be implementing a new ERP system with new functionality and a new
invoice layout. These initiatives will enable us to introduce new system
functionality to meet user requirements in the future.
Due to the upgrade, it will not be possible to use our systems from
Saturday, 29 August 2009 at 6 am to Sunday, 30 August 2009 at 6 am. The
facilities affected include:
. Waiting list
. Redelegation of .dk domain names
It will still be possible to apply for new .dk domain names. The
applications will be received, time-stamped and given a track number as
usual, but no domain names will be created during this period. The name
service will not be affected, but changes to the DK zone will NOT be
For a country as advanced as Denmark to have a registry operator like this is truly amazing.
Unfortunately Afilias’ bid to takeover the management of the DK registry failed, leaving the incumbent in place.