[unisog] DNS Manager?

Greg Schaffer schaffer at mtsu.edu
Fri Feb 1 21:12:32 GMT 2008

We just migrated from ISC's BIND and DHCP to BT's IPAM.  This also allows us
to have a central location for the management of IP address allocation.  So
far, we like the solution, and it has been working quite well for us.  No
longer do I need a Linux savvy admin to make DNS and DHCP changes, and I
never was much of a Microsoft fan for either (guess I'm old school).




Greg Schaffer, CISSP

Director of Network Services

Middle Tennessee State University


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[mailto:unisog-bounces at lists.dshield.org] On Behalf Of Petersen, Kirsten J -
Sent: Friday, February 01, 2008 11:05 AM
To: UNIversity Security Operations Group
Subject: Re: [unisog] DNS Manager?


We wrote our own manager, an open-source tool called Maintain.  Maintain
allows us to easily delegate management of DNS and DHCP to the various IT
groups across campus.  We also use it to allow users to register on our
wireless network.  


We're currently working on having it write Bind data files directly
(previously it wrote tinydns files, and we used axfr to get the data to our
production Bind servers).  The Bind builds should be ready very soon.  We
will also be adding support for split public/private DNS views.


The software is open-source and free for your use.  I would love to get more
folks using it and filing bug reports.  : )




It's nice to hear what other folks are using as well.  I have eval'd
Proteus/Adonis from Bluecat, which looked pretty slick.  It has very nice
integration between DNS and IP information, and it provides three views:
DNS, IP, or Mac.  Maintain is very host-centric, which works for us but may
not work for everyone.  The permissions in Proteus were very granular, but
almost too granular for us.  We needed an easy way to group domains and IP
ranges to grant departments access to them.  Also, the database is a black
box, although they do provide an api.  Still, Maintain gives us the
flexibility to do whatever we need, and that has been handy.  

Kirsten Petersen
Network Services * Oregon State University
http://oregonstate.edu/net * irc.oregonstate.edu #osu-is
"Four legs good, two legs bad." -George Orwell


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[mailto:unisog-bounces at lists.dshield.org] On Behalf Of Shawn L
Sent: Friday, February 01, 2008 6:43 AM
To: unisog at lists.dshield.org
Subject: [unisog] DNS Manager?


Just wondering what everyone is using for a dns manager.  We currently just
use flat files and bind.  Update the 
file, restart bind, rsync to the other master, and restart.  We're currently
looking at writing something that stores the
info in a database then writes out the files as needed, but were wondering
if anyone has a better way of doing it.


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