System Administration Guide: IP Services

Domain Names

Many networks organize their hosts and routers into a hierarchy of administrative domains. If you are using NIS, NIS+, or the DNS name services, you must select a domain name for your organization that is unique worldwide. To ensure that your domain name is unique, you should register the domain name with the InterNIC. If you plan to use DNS, you should register your domain name with the InterNIC.

The domain name structure is hierarchical. A new domain typically is located below an existing, related domain. For example, the domain name for a subsidiary company can be located below the domain of the parent company. If the domain name has no other relationship, an organization can place its domain name directly under one of the existing top-level domains.

The following examples show top-level domains:

The name that identifies your organization is one that you select, with the provision that the name is unique.