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Unparalleled support for DNS Servers and tightened Security

Posted by Men & Mice on 10/8/14 8:51 AM

Men & Mice announces the release of version 6.7 of the Men & Mice Suite.

The Men & Mice Suite is the ideal tool for network managers who need superfast daily management, planning, reporting and auditing on growing dynamic IP networks, delivering the added benefit of improved network security as well. 

Unparalleled support for DNS Servers

To ensure the solution will scale with businesses as they grow, the Men & Mice Suite integrates with the widest available range of DNS servers, such as BIND, Microsoft DNS services and Unbound. The 6.7 edition adds PowerDNS to enable customers to run hybrid environments for tightened securityIn this release Men & Mice takes flexibility one step further with the addition of Amazon Route53 DNS services support.  Enterprises moving to the AWS cloud or running hybrid private/public clouds can now keep full control of their DNS, DHCP and IP environment with the Men & Mice Suite.

Support for Amazon Route53
The Men & Mice Suite now supports Route53, Amazon’s cloud DNS service. With this integration, users can manage DNS information stored on the Amazon Route53 DNS servers in the same way they can manage DNS on other supported platforms, such as creating new zones and edit DNS records in existing zones.

Support for PowerDNS
PowerDNS, an open source, high performance DNS server, is now supported in the Men & Mice Suite.  This capability will especially benefit customers with complex hybrid environments, as they will be able to  manage all their diverse DNS servers from one solution, regardless if they are BIND, Microsoft DNS or PowerDNS servers. 

DNS Security

The increase of mobile devices (BYOD), the Internet of Things (IoT) and the growth of cloud-based virtual machines has caused a seismic shift in the DDI landscape, leading to greater awareness of network-related security risks. Security manifests itself in various formats, such as availability, performance and the ability to withstand attacks like DDoS Attacks, DNS cache poisoning and other DNS security threats. The Men & Mice Suite helps network administrators address such risks by offering hybrid DNS server support and high availability.

The 6.7 edition of the Men & Mice Suite adds DNS and DHCP service Monitoring and support for TLSA records that enable the storage of/and signing keys that are used to verify SSL/TLS certificates through DNSSEC.

DNS and DHCP service Monitoring

The Men & Mice Suite now actively monitors the status of the DNS and DHCP services on all managed platforms and will alert users if the services become unavailable.  In addition to being displayed in the user interface, the alerts can be sent to monitoring systems for further processing.  This will serve to maximize availability and enable customers to avoid costly unscheduled downtime.

Support for TLSA records
TLSA records,  in conjunction with DNSSEC signatures, provide an easier and more secure way for applications such as Web browsers and mail servers to authenticate SSL/TLS certificates.   Support for management of TLSA records has been added to the Men & Mice Suite.  For more info on TLSA and DANE (DNS-based Authentication of Named Entities), users can view a recent Men & Mice webinar on the topic.

Reverse zone improvements
Handling of reverse records and reverse zones has been enhanced in this new version and is now much more tightly integrated into the IPAM module.  Users can select any number of subnets and create and/or update the corresponding reverse entries for the subnets.  Reverse record (PTR records) details are now also included with the IP address details in the IPAM view.


Role-based access support

Role-based access allows customers to create roles in the Men & Mice Suite and assign these roles to users and groups.  All supported users and groups, whether Men & Mice built-in or from Active Directory or Radius can have roles assigned to them, which will greatly simplify access administration while providing a more flexible access model.  


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New features in version 6.7

Topics: DNS/DHCP Appliance, Men & Mice Suite, DDI, DNSSEC, IPAM, Monitoring, Security

Men & Mice Suite version 6.6 released

Posted by Men & Mice on 5/15/14 10:32 AM

Men & Mice, a leading provider of DDI solutions, announces the release of the Men & Mice Suite version 6.6 along with added functionality for the Men & Mice Appliances.

The new release focuses on usability enhancements and DNS Security features, further ensuring that the Men & Mice Suite retains its position as one of the most reliable and user - friendly solutions available.

Highlights in version 6.6:

Utilization of static subnets displayed in the Management Console and the Web UI
Real-time utilization of static subnets is now displayed in the user interfaces, which allows users and administrators to quickly see the utilization percentage of the subnets.  The utilization information can be copied out from the console for easy reports and the users can furthermore sort and filter by the utilization.  Filtering of the utilization can be combined with other filters so the user can, as an example, get a list of all subnets of a specific size, or of a specific type that are more than 85% utilized.

With the addition of Smart-filters one of the most popular features of the Men & Mice Suite has now become even more powerful.  The user can save filters and place them in "smart" folders. The user can also right-click the filter, change its name and the filter statement.  Filters created by the "administrator" user are global, i.e. they are visible by all users.

Support for RPZ (DNS Firewall)
Men & Mice now support the Response Policy Zone framework in BIND, which is the underlying mechanism of DNS Firewalls.  Administrators can create and define RPZ zones with the Men & Mice Suite or, via the tool, configure the DNS servers to subscribe to RPZ feeds from trusted sources.

SNMP Profiles and SNMPv3
Multiple SNMP profiles can now be created.  This allows enterprises with complex networks that use the Men & Mice Suite to pull discovery information from routers that belong to different security realms to create a profile for each realm.  With the addition of SNMPv3, profiles can be for version 1, 2c or 3 and can contain different settings, such as authentication and community strings.

Appliance diagnostic access
The Men & Mice Appliances, both DNS/DHCP and Caching, now have a read-only diagnostic shell access that can be used to run troubleshooting commands (such as dig, drill, etc.) and to gather information and logs from the appliances.  The access is read-only so no changes can be made to the configuration or data on the appliances using the diagnostic access.

Backup and restore of appliances
The Men & Mice Central now stores a backup of full configuration and data from all the managed appliances.  Full backups are taken daily and incremental backups are taken each time a change is made on the appliances.  If an appliance were to become unavailable for some reason, a new appliance can be configured with the same IP address as that appliance. All configurations, including DNS and DHCP data, network configuration and other settings is restored from the backup to the new appliance making it identical to the previous one.



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Topics: DNS/DHCP Appliance, Men & Mice Suite, DDI, IPAM, DNS, DHCP, Caching Appliance

The Men & Mice DNS/DHCP Appliance - New product

Posted by Men & Mice on 9/23/13 6:51 AM

Men & Mice is pleased to announce the release of the new Men & Mice DNS/DHCP appliance.  This new purpose-built appliance solution is specifically designed to maximize the performance of both hardware and software

The Men

Security is built-in from the ground up, with a lean hardened Linux core that prevents both internal and external threats, including Distributed Denial of Services (DDoS) attacks. 

Managed by the best

This new hardened appliance is centrally-managed through the acclaimed Men & Mice Suite, thus further extending the functionality and usability of the Men & Mice DNS, DHCP and IP Address Management solutions.

The Men & Mice Suite is trusted by some of the world's most high-profile organizations to manage their vast global networks. Combined with our new appliance product, we offer an unparalleled feature set that empowers administrators to easily manage complex DDI infrastructures from a single centralized user interface.

Unrivaled Flexibility

Together, our appliance and management solutions offer users the flexibility to build and adapt their network infrastructure as suits their business needs.  Unlike other DDI solutions, we do not require our customers to replace their current servers, as our management solutions can be deployed as a management layer on top of the existing DNS/DHCP infrastructure.  This enables customers to achieve all the benefits of security and high availability, while still being able to tailor the network to their needs. 

Where they make sense, appliances can be added gradually and without the risk of network outages when existing servers are at the end of their lifetime or are difficult to maintain.

The Men & Mice Suite management solution supports industry-standard DNS/DHCP services including Microsoft and Linux, as well as DHCP services deployed on Cisco routers and a hybrid mixture thereof.

Simplified Management

Offering secure and reliable DNS/DHCP services that improve the stability of core services while at the same time simplifying the task of managing the fast growing IP infrastructure has clear customer value.  Maintaining the environment running the core DNS/DHCP services can be quite time consuming and has inherent security risks. By implementing our appliance-based solution, the task of information gathering, patching, and securing is handled by Men & Mice.  Updates are then simple to implement through one source, thereby simplifying administration tasks.

The benefits are obvious: maximized ROI, low cost of ownership and dramatically decreased network risk. 

Hardware or Virtual

The Men & Mice DNS/DHCP appliance can be deployed as either a hardware appliance or as a virtual appliance, bringing still greater flexibility to the client. Deployments of the Suite can be a mixture of hardware and/or virtual appliances in conjunction with standard Microsoft, Linux and Cisco core services- all without affecting the ability to manage the entire infrastructure from a single user interface.

Great Value Proposition

Offering competitive pricing, world class 24/7 service and support along with a strong warranty package, our appliances offer great value and ROI.


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Topics: DNS/DHCP Appliance

Men & Mice announces the release of the Men & Mice Suite version 6.4.

Posted by Men & Mice on 9/9/13 1:04 PM

Men & Mice, a leading provider of DNS, DHCP and IP Address Management (IPAM) solutions, announces the release of the Men & Mice Suite version 6.4. The new release of the Men & Mice Suite shows continued commitment to provide a high quality and feature rich DNS, DHCP and IP address management product.

This new version of the Men & Mice Suite expands management flexibility by introducing appliance management, full-spectrum device management and an enhanced feature set which make the system uniquely powerful and flexible.


Management for the Men & Mice DNS/DHCP Appliance

  • Version 6.4 of the Men & Mice Suite contains management features for the Men & Mice DNS/DHP Appliance, it contains a hardened Linux kernel combined with secure DNS and DHCP servers and is available both as a hardware and a virtual appliance.  The appliance manager handles all communications, updates and configuration settings of the new appliance product.

  • All DNS and DHCP management features of the Men & Mice Suite can be used for the service on the appliances, enabling flexible and secure end-to-end DNS, DHCP and IP infrastructure management from one console. The Men & Mice Suite user can as before manage most industry standard DNS/DHCP services, including Microsoft and Linux as well as DHCP services deployed on Cisco routers and a hybrid mixture thereof.  This unique combination offers flexibility in deploying and using these solutions and allows customers to combine the Men & Mice appliance products in hybrid environments with industry standard DNS/DHCP services.

Management of Devices

  • Device management is an enhancement in the 6.4 version of the Men & Mice Suite.  The Device Management feature allows the user to create and manage any number of devices. It is possible to create multiple interfaces for each device and assign one or more IP address to each interface.

Subnet utilization history

  • Using the Men & Mice Suite 6.4 the user can now monitor the utilization of subnets and DHCP scopes. The user can view the utilization for different time periods in a subnet utilization graph and export the subnet utilization data for further analysis.

New Update Manager

  • The new Update Manager handles updates for the Men & Mice Suite and its components, including the DNS/DHCP Appliances. The Update Manager informs the user of available updates and allows the user to control the update process for the Men & Mice Suite.

New Features

  • A Migrate Zone Wizard has been added

  • Subnet containers can now be created and used to ease subnet management

  • Access is now inherited for subnets and scopes

  • Support for creation and modification of $GENERATE zone statements has been added

  • It is now possible to view and clear selected DNS Cache entries from BIND DNS servers and the DNS/DHCP appliances

  • Various new SOAP commands have been added, further extending the flexible usage of the Men & Mice Suite

As in previous releases of the Men & Mice Suite the new version contains various enhancements and improvements.  Many of these improvements have been worked on in cooperation with our current customers to meet their needs.

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Topics: DNS/DHCP Appliance, Men & Mice Suite

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