Domain Control Validation (DCV) is a way to demonstrate that you have authority to register a service or DNS host name using the DNS domain in question. A common way to achieve this is to create a DNS TXT record containing a randomly generated token as the value.
InCommon uses this method to validate your authority to use a DNS domain or host when you register an entity in the InCommon metadata. If you submit an entity with either an entity ID or scope containing a previously unvalidated domain, the InCommon Registration Authority (RA) will ask you to perform the following to validation steps:
Demonstrate control with a DNS TXT record
The requesting Site Administrator (SA) submits metadata for approval via the InCommon Federation Manager (FM).
If WHOIS data for any domain under review does not match the submitting organization -OR- the WHOIS data is not available, complete the following steps.
Step 1: RA emails the DCV TXT record creation instructions to the requesting SA. The instruction will include a 20-character validation code. Each assigned mixed-case, alphanumeric code is unique to the domain to be to be validated.
Step 2: SA uses the appropriate DNS management tool to: create a TXT record with the following information