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Managing Mission - Critical Domains and DNS by Mark E. Jeftovic

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NAPTR

NAPTR stands for Naming Authority Pointer.

NAPTRs are primarily used in IP telephony applications in conjunction with SRV RR records within the context of ENUM.

ENUM provides a mechanism for mapping e164-format telephone numbers into the DNS. The full mechanism is described in RFC6116, but it is basically any telephone number in the form of +A.BBBBBBBBBBB, where + is a literal "+" character, A is the NPA Country Code, and BBBBBBBBBBBB is the telephone number with all non-numerals and any leading zeros stripped out.

The process works by reversing the digits of the phone number and then putting a "." between each digit, finally (in the case of public ENUM) appending the special domain, e164.arpa.

For example, the phone number 1-(416)-535-8672 ...

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