Domain Name Request
Domain Name System (DNS) aliases are commonly assigned and then referenced in place of knowing the IP address of a system. For example, when you enter the URL "http://www.uark.edu" into a web browser, the browser actually looks up the DNS name, and then goes to the IP address 188.8.131.52.
IT Services manages both the traditional IP assignment networks and the Network Registration System (NRS) at the university. Following are some situations where DNS names are commonly used and how to acquire them.
A vanity DNS is a specialized or individualized name used in the URL, such as mydepartment.uark.edu. To request a vanity DNS address for a university hosted website, create a ticket.
Note: Some university hosting services allow DNS name request for your website as part of the web hosting request process. Other hosting services will require that you set up the hosting before submitting a domain name request.
Workstations and Printers
A DNS alias for a desktop system can simplify working remotely by making the name easier to remember. An alias is also useful if you are on an IP network where the IP numbers change periodically.
Attention: IT Services strongly recommends that all printers be referenced by DNS alias rather than a direct IP address. This is critical on networks using the Network Registration System.
Add or Change Domain Names
Computers using DHCP on a private IP wired access network can update their DNS name by updating their computer’s hostname. Devices with static configurations may require an update to the DNS record. Those updates must come from the department's tech support by changing the record in Infoblox (passage.uark.edu). Devices with DHCPAdmin.uark.edu records will need to have those records purged before dynamic DNS hostname updates will function properly.
Access to Infoblox for departmental technicians is provided after completion of a training session offered by IT Services. To request training, create a ticket.