Server issues

David L. Willson DLWillson at TheGeek.NU
Wed Nov 21 02:51:14 UTC 2007

On Tue, 2007-11-20 at 14:59 -0700, David L. Willson wrote:
> About this .local domain:  I know there's an RFC that defines it for use
> with multicast, but I was not aware that "the Microsoft one is the one
> the IETF standardized".  I always thought that Microsoft made this
> recommendation for using .local in violation of the RFC, like they
> violate the CSS standard (one pixel off render bug), and the DHCP
> standard (non-release at shutdown, continued use of an expired lease),
> and some DNS standards (undocumented client fail-over).
> Can someone point me to the relevant IETF document, so I know what the
> standard is?

My question needs to be amended, since I now understand that Microsoft
and (somebody else) have published different RFCs, but that both
define .local as a/the multicast TLD.

Why does every installation of Microsoft Active Directory strongly
recommend the use of .local as the TLD, when (1) there is no advantage
to .local over .int, .lan, or .msft, (2) this will clearly invalidate
~both~ of the RFCs by using .local for unicast, and (3) there are
partial implementations of .local as a multicast TLD in popular products
(MacOS and SUSE, at least) and this practice causes those products to
appear broken?

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