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Reason to use Men & Mice for IPAM and DNS with Windows 2016 and Azure

Posted by Greg Fazekas on 9/20/18 10:30 AM

Men & Mice + Microsoft Ignite

Men & Mice at #MSIgnite

It's no surprise, given our long-standing relationship and integration with Microsoft's solutions, as well as our mutual enterprise customers, that we'll be attending the Microsoft Ignite event again this year. 

Come to Booth 108, where we'll be answering questions and demoing the Men & Mice Suite. But if you want to learn more about Men & Mice and Microsoft, here's some information that can help you understand our compatibility and how that may be beneficial to your network infrastructure management and operations. 

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Men & Mice and Microsoft

Robust and trusted: magic words in any enterprise IT environment.

Microsoft has been able to largely dominate this space because its products are robust and its reputation is trusted. Enterprise IT professionals understand the value accountability that their network infrastructure solutions brings to the table.

With the Men & Mice Suite for DNS, DHCP and IPAM (DDI), you can leverage your existing Microsoft investments without replacing hardware or adding additional appliances. Trusted for decades by the architects and managers overseeing some of the world’s largest network infrastructures, Men & Mice offers simplified integration, advanced control, and improved security.  

Why Men & Mice?

What makes the Men & Mice DDI Suite valuable? Using Men & Mice’s software solutions with your existing Microsoft environment has numerous important advantages through our architecture, Active Directory and Azure integration.

The more robust a network is, the more complex it becomes. Men & Mice, simply put, ‘takes the daunt’ out of network management, while still staying robust and providing the ever-expanding features and support our customers came to trust.

As you scale to meet your expanding networking needs, Men & Mice offers you flexibility, portability, and complete management - all while cutting operational expenses and strengthening overall network resilience.


Any vendor-specific appliance, including Microsoft, works best in their own homogenous environment. But the everyday realities of life rarely afford businesses the luxury of such. Once a foreign element, from another vendor or from the same but in another location, is given entry to the network, the chances for strategic disconnect and vulnerabilities multiply.

The Men & Mice suite (now at version 9.1) is an overlay DDI solution. Its architecture is designed to intuitively integrate with a Microsoft infrastructure environment or multi-vendor, multi-platform networks.

The Men & Mice Suite takes care of coordinating between hardware, software, no matter where they are or where they’re from. It unifies resources under a single-pane-of-glass interface, and can be deployed non-destructively. A powerful API serves the users for automation, while redundancies and fine-tuned access control ensures security.

Core advantages of the Men & Mice Suite architecture include:

  • Single pane of glass visibility over all DDI operations on-prem and in the cloud.
  • Audit trails across all changes to DNS, DHCP, and IPAM.
  • Granular, role-based access to objects residing with MS servers, services, and cloud subscriptions.
  • Easy and automated migration of data from server to server, or between on-prem and cloud.
  • Reliable and widely compatible APIs to automate and manage all your DDI operations and data.
  • Monitoring of data integrity and usage, such as DHCP scope and subnet utilization.

Active Directory

The Active Directory synergy of the Men & Mice suite is at the core of our product, and has been since the earliest days. As the first IPAM solution to fully integrate with Microsoft Active Directory, we can list - among others - functionality essential to enterprise businesses powered by Microsoft software:

  • Synchronization ensures real-time system integrity, allowing and propagating changes through both the Men & Mice Suite or Active Directory.
  • Role-based granular access (both for users and groups), tracking, and auditing fortifies security and boosts administrative efficiency. Users can be authenticated through Active Directory (AD) and use single sign-on (SSO) to access Men & Mice Suite.
  • Global overview and administration of Sites and Subnets directly through the Men & Mice Suite.


With the 9.1 release of the Men & Mice Suite, we've introduced a web-based application. It is designed to (further) simplify the day-to-day management of your company's network,

Having everything at your disposal all the time can often result in complicated, slow processes for even the simplest tasks. We’ve cut down on the noise, deploying our wealth of experience working with and listening to enterprise IT professionals, to identify the most common tasks.

And then we made them lightning-fast and possible to do on any device, from anywhere in the world. (While still plugging into Active Directory, if required. Portability is no excuse for less security.)


Our customers are the customers of Microsoft as well: we support their needs and investments in IT.

Microsoft takes their cloud strategy seriously, and so do we. We've been working closely with various solutions teams at Microsoft to build compatibility into the Men & Mice Suite. For example, we were the first to offer comprehensive support for Windows Server 2016 (including zone scope and DNS policies) and Azure DNS.

Whether your company is migrating to Azure from another provider, or looking to scale its existing network, Men & Mice provides support through:

  • Cloud-native integration with Azure and Azure DNS.
  • Bulk migration or import of DNS zones into Azure DNS.
  • Tracking changes, delegating access, and seeing all zones across multiple subscriptions, and managing data through APIs after migration.

It's only natural that the same compatibility, ease-of-use, security, and portability that our customers got used to with regards to Microsoft’s existing software and Active Directory, exists for Azure DNS as well. 

Topics: Men & Mice Suite, Windows, microsoft active directory, Microsoft Ignite, Azure DNS, azure, windows 2016

The Men & Mice Suite Version 6.3

Posted by Dora Vigfusdottir on 9/2/11 7:35 PM

Men & Mice, a leading provider of DNS, DHCP and IP Address Management (IPAM) solutions, is proud to announce the release of Men & Mice Suite version 6.3.

Version 6.3 of the Men & Mice Suite contains various new features and usability enhancements, making the system more powerful and easier to use.

The new release contains agent –free Microsoft DNS management, support for distinction between dynamic and static DNS records on MS DNS server and improved DNS scope migration tools and improved super scope management for MS DHCP management, to name a few exciting features.  Through automatic updates it is possible to configure the system so that the server controllers and the Management Consoles are automatically updated when a new version of Men & Mice Central is installed.

These are just a few of the exciting features version 6.3 entails.  On our website you can view the whole list of features and download the new version.

Wanna try out the latest version?

Topics: Men & Mice Suite, Men & Mice, IPAM, DNS, DHCP, microsoft active directory

Men & Mice CEO on IPv6, DNSSEC & the outlook of the DDI industry

Posted by Dagmar Hilmarsdottir on 9/13/10 11:41 AM

The Editor of TCP IP World got a chance to ask the CEO of Iceland`s Men & Mice, Jón R. Kristjánsson, a few questions about their business and outlook of the DDI (DNS, DHCP, IPAM) industry. 

Brief Company Profile:

Men & Mice develops enterprise ready DNS, DHCP and IP address management solution (DDI) for Microsoft and UNIX environments, or a mixture thereof.   This type of solution has been defined as an Overlay management as it leverages current infrastructure and does not require a replacement of underlying DNS and DHCP services to gain full control over the IP space.  Strong integration with Microsoft Active Directory makes the solutions unique for enterprises using Microsoft infrastructure. 

Men & Mice has a global recognition as a DNS authority and is one of the world’s leading providers of DNS training courses and consulting.  The company’s research background delivers a strong foundation in DNS and DHCP technologies while its long history in the market ensures practical solutions that cover every aspect of DNS, DHCP and IP address management. 

In 1998, Men & Mice was noted as the founder and publisher of the International Domain Health Survey and its research and findings have been cited in the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Computerworld, PC World and the FBI’s NIPC report on infrastructure security in the US, to name a few publications.

Men & Mice has been helping thousands of companies to more effectively manage their DNS and IP infrastructure for 15 years.  Our customers are some of the largest enterprises in the world and come from most business sectors. 

1. How was your company formed and what problem were they trying to solve?

Founded by Petur Petursson and Jon Georg Adalsteinsson in 1990, Men & Mice has for a long time been heavily involved in research and software solution development in the field of DNS and IP address management.  The founders are still working for the company.

Men & Mice started by developing the first ever DNS server for the Mac platform in 1996.  For many years this was the “standard” DNS server for the Mac platform and since then the Men & Mice team has been considered some of the leading minds in the DNS industry. 

A second product, DNS Expert, was added in 1997. This product is still today widely used as analyzing and troubleshooting tool for DNS.  Driven by the success of the first two products and its acquired expertise in the field of DNS, Men & Mice decided to go multiplatform and focus on the management of existing DNS servers (BIND and Microsoft’s DNS).  Support for Solaris and Linux was also added.   In 1999 DNS and Active Directory Analyzing and Monitoring module was added which started the company’s integration with Microsoft solutions.  Since then Men & Mice has continued its journey to become the first choice in simplified DNS, DHCP and IP address management.

Men & Mice has been dedicated to the DDI market for a long time and the focus on high level of expertise has always been strong in the company.   With some of the world’s best DDI experts the mantra has been; intuitive UI that help customers to simplify their daily tasks, increase efficiency through best practices and increased security. 

The focus on Overlay solution, supporting Microsoft and Linux environment has developed through requests from customers.   Compared with an appliance model the Overlay approach is much easier to implement as it requires no heart surgery, more cost efficient, more flexible and allows customers to use investments in current infrastructure without compromising in functionality and security. Especially for those using Microsoft Active directory there is a clear benefit of using the Microsoft core service infrastructure.  We have seen that enterprises rather want to adapt new DDI solutions to their current work processes rather than having to adapt to appliance only model.

2. When were you founded and how many employees do you have?

Men & Mice was founded in 1990.  We currently have 30 employees solely focusing on DDI solutions.  Men & Mice is one of the few companies in this sector that has focused on business continuity, providing customers with innovative product development and high-quality service.  The company is privately held and financially strong.  The focus has been on organic growth and investments are in own development and come through profitability. 

3. Will IPv6 affect your business? If so, in what ways?

Iv6 will affect the DDI market and has already affected the solutions and service we provide.   Despite the benefits of the new protocol the adoption has been rather slow.  The Men & Mice Suite has been supporting IPv6 addresses since 2008.  We have seen increased interest from our customers and we are working with enterprise customers planning their migration and using our tool to do so. 

In April 2009 we started to offer both migration advice and use of our solution for free through our website to facilitate IPv6 adoption.  In our advice we outline stepwise approach to IPv6 migration planning.  The migration to dual-stack setup with IPv4 and IPv6 is a challenge and needs planning and preparation.  We have seen increased interest from the market in setting up test environments and planning migration.  The transition to IPv6 will take time and running in dual-stack mode will become the standard for most enterprises in the future.

To be able to migrate to IPv6 dual-stack setup efficiently requires a DDI tool and the same applies to managing IPv6 or dual-stack setup.  The 128bit format of the IPv6 address will limit what can be done through manual effort and scripting.

4.What do you think the next area of focus will be in the Network Infrastructure and Management industry?

The main focus in the DDI market will be on DNSSEC and IPv6.  IPv6 will be an important business driver as mentioned above.  Every administrator needs to plan and prepare their network for this change.  This will funnel further deployment of DDI tools.   As top level domains are signed the ISP´s will have to support DNSSEC and the enterprise market needs to follow.  DNSSEC adoption will therefore be a driver in this market in the near future.

Cloud computing is also an important trend that will affect the Network Infrastructure and Management Industry.  This is where the large vendors have been investing.  The Clouds will be in many forms like public, private, community based or hybrids.  Cloud computing will affect the service provided in DDI and developments in Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) should be watched.  This will definitely increase the use of virtualized service and that also applies to DDI solutions.  Security is important in this trend and should drive DNSSEC deployment.  That will also drive software diversity and open opportunities for single purpose, best of breed solutions like Unbound in the DDI market.  Men & Mice provides Unbound support in cooperation with NLnet Labs and we plan to do more in this space in the coming months.

5. More and more daily consumer and business products are getting their own IP. What vertical Industries and geographic markets do you feel will generate the most demand?

The short version here would be Asia and mobile operators markets.  In Asia with China and India we have seen the fastest growth in IP usage for the past few years and that will continue.  With double digit growth numbers the focus has to be on handling the growth.  It will however take some time until efficiency and security become as important as in more mature markets.    Mobile markets both in North America and Europe have experienced a huge growth through IP based mobiles.  This has and will continue to put significant strain on mobile service providers in the near future.   Increased emphasis on efficiency and security in those markets will also be a business driver in the near future.

DNSSEC deployment and IPv6 adoption will continue in the enterprise market and that alone will drive the need for solid DDI management solutions. Men & Mice will continue to focus on creating enterprise ready DDI management solutions enabling administrators to cope with increased demand from Cloud computing, DNSSEC deployment and IPv6 adoption.  Men & Mice has always been customer focused and will continue to focus on usability and the customers’ needs, rather than betting on technology or features.

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Topics: IPv6, DDI, DNSSEC, IPAM, DNS, DHCP, microsoft active directory

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