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Everything’s changed in DNS. Nothing’s different in DNS.

Posted by Greg Fazekas on 5/10/18 7:56 AM


The history of DNS (Domain Name System) starts with the earliest of early networked systems: ARPANET. DNS has often been characterized as the “phone book” for the internet — that analogy was, of course, invented  in an era where phonebooks were a thing.

It may be more fitting to liken it to a phone company switchboard. Even in the earliest days of ARPANET, however, the required communication was to send an email to Stanford Research Institute at Stanford University, where the hosts.txt file was maintained, to get a new Hostname into the list. Then, all Internet hosts updated the hosts.txt file twice a week via FTP file transfer. Twice a week... by FTP!

Interesting fact: whatever platform you’re using, chances are you can find a hostsfile somewhere on your computer. This is a remnant of the early ARPANET days. Back then, a simple static text file controlled the entirety of the network.

The Making of a Network (a.k.a. “everything has changed”)

As the networks grew, the need to wait became cumbersome, if not unbearable. Business was increasingly conducted outside of bank hours, and computers were moving data faster for us. So, why not use computing to handle IP assignments as well?

In 1983, the standard for DNS was accepted by the ARPANET community. By 1984, at UC Berkeley, we saw the advent of "Open Source" Berkeley Unix Distribution (BSD) and ported TCP/IP to Unix, making Unix a networked OS (under a DARPA grant) resulting in the first version of the Berkeley Internet Name Domain (BIND). To this day BIND serves as the de facto DNS software of the internet.

Thereafter, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) was founded, and with it came new formal processes that have shaped the backend of the internet as we know it today.

Fast Forward To Now (a.k.a. “nothing’s different”)

You may be thinking: that’s interesting and all, but what does that have to do with my DNS network?

Well:  DNS hasn’t changed much in the last 4 decades. Of course, the explosive growth of the internet has changed the ways we map, scale and secure our networks. But the fundamental operating principles of DNS haven’t changed since its inception-- it’s still the switchboard of the internet. Instead of humans making a request through email, however, systems can call on DNS services, any time of day, to assign a multitude of IP addresses at a time.

The introduction of IPv6 (which has yet to be fully realized), and the dawn of cloud computing and IoT (Internet of Things) brought  significantly increased device requests and IP traffic.However, all that has not changed what DNS does; rather only how it does it.

We’ve Seen It Change and Stay the Same

DNS has changed very little; but the way we utilize it changed immensely. We've seen it: since the 1990’s, Men & Mice has serviced enterprise companies with DNS, DHCP and IPAM solutions.

We proactively evolve our overlay network management solutions to meet the needs of enterprise customers, and now high growth IoT companies as well. (Note: the two are not mutually exclusive.)

We are working with perhaps the most fundamental building (scaling) block of the internet. Our expertise is focused on the importance of adaptation. Network infrastructures have become hybrid, or have moved to the cloud completely. Multitudes of DNS services and environments have come to market introducing greater choices, but also complexities for network managers.

Men & Mice and the future of DNS


Men & Mice has evolved its DNS, DHCP and IPAM solutions to cater to these changing environments. We adapted to become more flexible, so that the networks of our clients can migrate across network vendors easier. We created a  unified network management console to manage, in one place, all of the diverse platforms that make up a company’s network.

We’ve introduced new services such as xDNS in 2017 to help companies manage all external DNS. Likewise, we added deeper functionality with Microsoft Azure and Azure DNS for Microsoft customers with large domain portfolios.

We’ve streamlined our sales and customer journey processes, to reflect the same ease of use customers experience in our software solutions. Get a Live Demo directly from our website, for example.

We continue to offer some of the most sought-after training courses for companies and individuals who wish to learn or sharpen their understanding of DNS, enabling them to significantly increase expertise levels across their teams.

Meet our team

Join us in Berlin on May 15th, for a special event with the Embassy of Iceland in Germany. We will discuss the “State of Network Management” and the new challenges of DNS, DHCP and IPAM.

Or, meet us at Managed Service Hosting Summit, Cisco Live, Microsoft Inspire,VMWorld and Microsoft Ignite in the coming months.

Interesting fact: Bob Metcalfe, who invented the standard of the ethernet, predicted in 1995 that the internet would collapse in a year. He  also envisioned an end to wireless technologies, and that computers would stay wired.To his credit, he did — as per his promise — eat his words, literally, after none of those things happened.

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Topics: TechEd, DDI, DNS

Men & Mice at TechEd Amsterdam

Posted by Dora Vigfusdottir on 6/19/12 10:52 AM


Men & Mice Suite managing a DNSSEC signed zone on Windows DNS 2012 ( see it live @ TechEd Europe 2012 next week in Amsterdam).

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Topics: TechEd, Men & Mice Suite, Men & Mice, DNSSEC

Men & Mice at TechEd North America

Posted by Dora Vigfusdottir on 6/13/12 12:14 PM

We here at Men & Mice have our US reps in place at TechEd North America in Orlando these days. 

TechEd is Microsoft's premier technology conference for IT professionals and developers, offering the most comprehensive technical education across Microsoft's current and soon-to-be-released suite of products, solutions, tools, and services. 


Mark @ TechEd

Swing by our booth, say hi to Bob and Mark (pictured) and get scanned. We are looking forward to establishing new relationships on a solid common ground. 


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Topics: TechEd, DDI, Men & Mice

Knowing Men & Mice pays off

Posted by Omar Gudmundsson on 4/29/11 10:49 AM

Men & Mice proudly exhibited its solutions at the TechEd Europe 2010 event in Berlin,Germany.  Attendance to our stand exceeded our expectations and we tell ourselves that it was because of the interest in our products rather than the excitement around the „Free Trip to Iceland“ that a lucky visitor had a chance to win, after shaking hands with the smiling Men & Mice representatives at our booth. Which ever may be the case we ended up with a few hundred names of in our jackpot.

As you can imagine, a trip to Iceland can entail some unique adventures, rangingMen & Mice winner from an unchartered expedition on one of the country´s many glaciers to a wild exploration through the capital´s restaurant and entertainment scene. Whatever suits your taste, you´ll be sure to find it in Iceland . . . which also happens to be the home to Men & Mice´s headquarters. We like to think that the clean fresh air and open spaces contribute to the ingenuity that we deploy in the Men & Mice software solutions . . . but maybe that´s just us!


Men & Mice WinnerIn the inset photos you can see Mr. Jon Georg Adalsteinsson, Men & Mice´s VP of Business Development, drawing the name of Mr. Thomas Jegust of Sasol in Germany out of the helmet that Darth Vader was kind enough to lend us for this historic event. We congratulate Mr. Jegust on his prize and are very pleased to present him with a travel voucher to cover a week-end trip to Iceland, including flight and accommodation. We hope that Mr. Jegust will pack for an adventure in Iceland soon and are looking forward to adding him to the ever growing list of „the Friends of Iceland“.




Topics: TechEd, Men & Mice

Men & Mice at Microsoft Tech-Ed in Berlin, Germany

Posted by Dagmar Hilmarsdottir on 11/4/10 11:44 AM

Learn how to transit to IPv6 in a few simple steps and enter our lucky draw to WIN A FREE TRIP TO ICELAND.

EyjafjallajökullMen & Mice presents the latest version of its award winning DDI (DNS, DCHP and IP Address Management system) at Microsoft’s TechEd in Berlin.

From November 8th to November 12th,visitors can learn how to master the transition to IPv6 in clearly defined steps using the Men & Mice DDI solution.

Meet the experts and find out how our solutions make IPv6 transition as easy as 1,2,3.  At the same time you have a chance to win a weekend trip to Iceland, the home of Men and Mice and the famous Eyjafjallajökull volcano. 

Visit us at Microsoft Tech-Ed at Booth E 26

Topics: TechEd

We fix your DNS faster then you can say A-YAH-FYAT-LA-YO-KULL

Posted by Omar Gudmundsson on 8/11/10 9:26 AM

DSC00518 resize resized 600Men & Mice participated in the annual Microsoft TechEd USA conference, this year hosted by the vibrant city of New Orleans, Louisiana.

For the first time we had our own booth at the conference Expo.

Attendance was up by 20-30% from last year and our DNS and IP address management solutions were well received by the many network admins and other experts visiting our stand. As the TechEd event is focused on Microsoft solutions, we put special emphasis on our expertise in working with MS DNS and DHCP servers as well as our ability to integrate seamlessly with MS Active Directory.

The TechEd expo went on for 4 days, all of which were busy, although the first couple of days we saw the highest number of visitors. This event proved to us the growing need for DNS and IPAM solutions and positive feedback from existing customers as well as new prospects further reinforces our believe that we are on the right track with development of our Men & Mice Suite.

In light of recent events in Iceland, we decided to go with a volcano theme for the decoration of our stand, displaying a 10´ by 7´ photo of the recent eruption in the volcano Eyjafjallajokull. To give visitors a taste of Iceland we treated them with a DSC00526 resize resized 600delicious chocolate wafer „Lava bar“ as well as maybe not so tasty, but ever so exciting sample of the ashes from the volcano, the same ash as grounded all air traffic in Europe for a couple of weeks back in April this year. This was well received and it was amazing how many of the people we talked to had a story to tell of friends, relatives or themselves having been delayed or rerouted because of the ash cloud from Iceland. This goes to proof that very small things can cause big problems . . . very much like in your DNS environment !

We hope that everybody made it home safely from the show . . . with their small bag of ash to show their kids and family. It was a great pleasure to have the chance to participate in this exciting event and wish to thank the organizers as well as the people of New Orleans and Louisiana for their hospitality.

Looking forward to seeing you again next year at TechEd in Atlanta !

Topics: TechEd

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