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Deleted / Expiring domains traking

I would like to know how do deleted/expiring domain names websites work.
There are currently a lot of websites that offer to search for soon to expire or deleted domains.
The problem is that this service is not available for my country.
I wanted to know how complicated is it top setup such a service.
I am able to setup a DNS server but I don't see how I can get this kind of information without querying all the domains one by one.
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Itamar
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jimstarCommented:
It really depends on what domain you are interested in. Some domains are controlled by the government of the country that they represent, others are managed by ICANN itself.

I'd start with looking at ICANN's website, which has overall responsibility for managing the domain name system and delegates some of that authority (you'd want to check if they managed yours, or if it was delegated).

If they manage yours, you could start down the path towards becomming a registrar, which would get you access to the registry's databases, which would then let you access the information you are looking for.

Check out http://www.icann.org for information on the domain registry.
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ItamarAuthor Commented:
I could not find this information but I think that in my country (Israel) there is an organization that handles this. http://www.isoc.org.il/index_eng.html

What you are saying that I have to be an official registrar to be able to track the expiring domains since only that way I'll be able to submit queries on the domains DB?
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jimstarCommented:
Only registrars and others with access to the database can query directly against ICANN's database. The rest of the world needs to query indirectly via another company that has access to the ICANN data.

The trouble is that most companies that have access to that ICANN data limit the number of queries that a single session can access, to prevent data mining.

Your best bet would probably be to call/e-mail the organization that manages it for Israel and see what your options are for accessing the registry database for purposes of your queries. It really depends on the particular case.
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jimstarCommented:
Here's the list of TLD (top-level domain) owners:
http://www.iana.org/root-whois/index.html

For Israel, I see that here is the page with contact information:
http://www.iana.org/root-whois/il.htm

I've pasted the contact information below. It looks like you're right - the organization you mentioned is responsible for policies and management of the .il domains. They'd definitely be the ones to start with.

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Sponsoring Organization:
Internet Society of Israel
Jabotinsky 7
Ramat-Gan 52520
Israel

Administrative Contact:
Doron Shikmoni
Internet Society of Israel
Jabotinsky 7
Ramat-Gan 52520
Israel
Email: doron@isoc.org.il
Voice: +972 3 6114094
Fax: +972 3 6114095

Technical Contact:
Simon Shickman
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Computation Center
Givat-Ram
Jerusalem 91904
Israel
Email: simon@cc.huji.ac.il
Voice: +972 2 658 4138

Domain Servers:

dns8.denic.de   81.91.161.69
ildns.huji.ac.il   128.139.6.66
lookup.iucc.ac.il   128.139.34.240
ns-ext.isc.org   204.152.184.64 2001:4f8:0:2:0:0:0:13
ns-il.ripe.net   193.0.12.108
rip.psg.com   147.28.0.39

URL for registration services: http://www.isoc.org.il/domains 

Whois server: whois.isoc.org.il

Record last updated - 21-March-2005
Record created - 24-October-1985
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ItamarAuthor Commented:
thanks,
I'll contact them directly and find out.
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