Yes, you read that correctly. On June 12th, 2012 the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) will be taking the entire .CA registry offline to perform a "middleware upgrade" which is scheduled to run 24 hours.
Why they are doing this in the middle of the week during peak hours is unknown.
Why they have to take the entire registry offline for 24 hours is unknown.
What benefits will be derived from doing this are unknown (but apparently it has something to do with forcing all registrars to nearly rewrite most of their XML code to ignore the way XML is actually supposed to work and to generally consume as much development bandwidth as possible across all registrars).
What This Means:
During the scheduled outage of the .CA registry
- You will NOT be able to change your nameserver delegations
- You will NOT be able to modify your whois contact info, in fact…
- You will NOT be able to do any whois lookups on any .CA domains
- You will NOT be able to register a new .CA name
- You will NOT be able to transfer a .CA domain between registrars
- You will NOT be able to RENEW a .CA name.
What You Should Do
If you have any .CA's which renew on the 11th, 12th or 13th then you should renew those domains now.
If you were planning on modifying any registry aspect of your .CA's like nameserver delegations, do that before the 11th.
Watch this space for a forthcoming opinion piece on why Industry Canada should be opening operation of the .CA root to competitive bidding every 5 years.
That is all.