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Meanwhile, after initiation of the transfer request, the current host suffered a hard drive failure and lost my client's site. So I thought, okay, we'll just change the dns at registrar A to point the domain to my server, and I'll start hosting it immediately rather waiting until the end of the month. But Registrar A will not allow a change to the nameservers, claiming that "new rules" do not permit any such changes once a transfer request has been initiated.
I've never heard of this rule, and I have to wonder if the losing registrar is full of bs or if this is accurate. The losing registrar claims that it's not their own policy but is a rule that applies to all registrars. But I can't find anything at icann.org about such a rule.
Has anyone ever heard of this rule? Am I just woefully ignorant of transfer policies, and so blind that I can't find the rule at ICANN's site? If this rule does in fact exist, is there any solution, besides having my client's site, including their e-mail, down for the duration while waiting for the domain transfer to go through?
Thus, you'd best make changes before or after the transfer has concluded, successful or not.
I'll look around and post if I find any "rule" regarding this. Probably an RFC or something...
The losing registrar claims it's a rule that applies to all registrars and won't budge.
I got the current host to re-configure his server for the client's e-mail during this transition, so at least their e-mail will be back up and running.
But this is really bugging me. I've always disliked the losing registrar, and this just gives me one more reason to continue that dislike. I have a couple domains sitting around unused. I think I'll transfer one of them somewhere and see if I can still change the dns for it at my current registrar after initiating the transfer process. I'm betting I'll have no trouble, which will confirm my suspicion that the other registrar is full of bs. I envision a possible ICANN complaint in my future.
So contact info such as registrant, admin, billing, tech are all stored locally at the registrar. DNS, expiration, update date, and lock status, and registrar of record are all stored at the central registry.
Hope that helps with your question
Also, AFAIK, the losing registrar isn't particularly worried about a delay in the transfer. They don't give you an option to approve the transfer and get on with it; they sit on the domain for the entire 5 days permitted by ICANN before releasing it for transfer, provided you don't deny the transfer. I've dealt with this registrar before, and in my experience they make it as difficult as possible to transfer a domain away. Before ICANN instituted its rule requiring the release of domains for transfer, this particular registrar routinely made it nearly impossible to transfer a domain away from them.
My previous experience with this registrar is why I'm so quick to be suspicious of their claim -- along with my inability to find any reference to this rule at ICANN's site, or anywhere else that Googlebot travels.