Managed Zone Service

The Managed Zone Service is our domain registration and hosting service for non-cam.ac.uk domains. Please email mzs-support@uis.cam.ac.uk if you have any queries about the MZS.

The process for requesting domains under cam.ac.uk is separate from the MZS.

Registration

To register a non-cam.ac.uk domain, please email mzs-support@uis.cam.ac.uk with:

  • The domain name
  • A University or College purchase order
  • The user IDs of the domain's manager(s)

Top level domains

We can register domain names under most top-level domains; there is a more complicated application process for ac.uk domains.

You can search whois to check that a domain name is available.

You may use commercial registrars / DNS providers instead of the MZS, though the UIS cannot provide support unless we both register and host the domain. The advantage of the MZS is that the UIS provides consistent management and long-term continuity.

Purchase orders

Please email us a PDF copy of the purchase order (we don't have access to CUFS). It should be marked "MZS for (your domain name)". The supplier is the University Information Services department.

The charge is £200 for University institutions, or £200 plus VAT for colleges. This covers five years of registration fees and hosting costs for a single domain.

If the domain is to be paid for by the UIS, please send us a UIS requisition form instead of a purchase order.

Domain managers

The managers of a domain on the MZS will normally be members of staff.

The MZS web user interface allows domain owners to manage the contents of the DNS zone file for their domain(s) and change the list of managers.

We also use the list of managers to contact you about renewing domains and other administrative matters, so you can include both technical and non-technical staff.

You may wish to consider using the Managed Web Service or Drupal service to host your website and having a Managed Mail Domain to provide email addresses.

Update times

DNS updates happen hourly at 52 minutes past the hour, and they take a few minutes to complete