Upcoming Improvements to ARIN's Directory Service

John Curran jcurran at arin.net
Sat Jun 12 11:07:27 UTC 2010

On Jun 10, 2010, at 6:16 PM, Jason Lewis wrote:
> It's very clear.  I went back and forth with support, asking how to
> automate my bulk transfer with the new system.
> Me: Is the bulk data download going to be available for automated
> download. I can currently download the data daily from the ftp via a
> script. The new web page doesn't seem to support that.
> Support:  No, there is no automation by design.
> I'm ok with whatever system they provide if the functionality stays
> the same.  I don't understand what they gain by making a human login
> and download the file.

Jason - 

 My apologies for the confusion over this when you called in;
 while we had briefed the support team on RESTful WHOIS, we
 hadn't covered the updated Bulk Whois interface as it is a 
 bit of a specialized item and coming out on the next release
 of ARIN Online due to its need for "API key" support.  The 
 26 June release of ARIN Online will allow you to create and 
 manage these keys, which in turn may be used in RESTful calls 
 (and email templates!) for authentication. A brief overview
 of this feature was provided at the ARIN Toronto meeting and
 is available here:

 We will rollout the API key functionality and Bulk Whois via the
 RESTful interface with this next release of ARIN Online on 26 June, 
 and this will allow the Bulk Whois data to be downloaded directly 
 without logging into ARIN Online by using a RESTful HTTP request 
 containing your "API key".  As Mark Kosters noted in his message, 
 we did contact current Bulk Whois users ahead of time about these 
 changes, but if you were missed or have any questions about the 
 change, please don't hesitate to contact myself or Mark directly.


John Curran
President and CEO

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Mark Kosters <markk at arin.net>
> Date: June 11, 2010 3:17:49 PM EDT
> To: nanog at nanog.org
> Subject: Re: Upcoming Improvements to ARIN's Directory Service
> Hi
> ARIN is making significant improvements to our systems and services. ARIN
> encourages the community to look for upcoming features as details are 
> available at: https://www.arin.net/features.
> I would like to clear up the confusion about the changes to access to
> Bulk Whois that have been discussed in this thread. The next release of 
> ARIN Online on 26 June 2010 will include an easy way of automating bulk 
> Whois reports. ARIN sent an announcement about this change to all current 
> Bulk Whois recipients on 1 June 2010. The current legacy ftp service for 
> Bulk Whois recipients will continue to operate until 31 August 2010. This 
> should allow enough time to make the changes required to your scripts to
> migrate to the new solution.
> Regards,
> Mark Kosters


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