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Men & Mice Announces the release of version 7.3.2 of the Men & Mice Suite.
This is a maintenance release containing a bug fix in a 3rd party software on the Men & Mice appliances.
Men & Mice Announces the release of Version 7.3.1 of the Men & Mice Suite. This release contains several updates and fixes.
An issue was fixed where a crash could occur when syncing zone that contained records that were identical except for character case
An issue was fixed where Men & Mice Central could crash in the case that it got an empty zone transfer
An issue was fixed where the connection to Azure DNS could be unexpectedly closed during login
An issue was fixed where a DS record could not be added or deleted on dynamic zones on BIND
An issue was fixed where IgnoreZones preference was ignored when a server was synchronized for the first time
November 10th, 2016
Men & Mice announces the release of Version 7.3 of the Men & Mice Suite.
Please note: Version 7.3 is not a long term support (LTS) release, but a feature release. More information on the Men & Mice Release Policy can be obtained here.
Due to changes introduced in Men & Mice Suite Version 7.2.0, customers currently running Men & Mice software on Windows Server 2003 will not be able to upgrade to Version 7.2.0 or higher of the Suite. Customers affected by this change are advised to upgrade to a more recent Windows Server.
Note: This applies to all Men & Mice Components.
As of September 2016, the Windows Server 2016 achieved General Availability. Men & Mice Suite support for primary Windows Server 2016 DNS and DHCP features was already included in Version 7.2, released in May 2016. A stand-out feature was support for Response Rate Limiting, which significantly reduces the impact of a denial-of-service (DoS) attack on servers.
The following additional Windows Server 2016 features are supported from Men & Mice Suite Version 7.3 onwards:
DNS policies grant a user control over how queries are handled, based on specific criteria. These criteria can, for example, be used in the following scenarios:
Specific types of policies are:
IPv6 root hints
The IPv6 root servers can now be used for performing name resolution.
DANE TLSA records
DANE, or DNS-based Authentication of Named Entities, allows a domain owner to specify in a specific DNS record, which certificate authorities are allowed to issue certificates for the domain.
Men & Mice Suite users have enjoyed the benefits of a particularly robust set of application programming interfaces (APIs) in the form of the Men & Mice SOAP and JSON-RPC APIs, introduced in 2008 and 2014 respectively. Starting with Version 7.3, Men & Mice is making the integration of various tools with the Men & Mice Suite even smoother by adding a REST API to the Men & Mice Suite.
Used by browsers, REST (Representational State Transfer) is often considered to be the language of the internet. By using HTTP requests to GET, POST, PUT and DELETE data, REST paves the way for two computers to communicate over the internet by one acting as a web server and the other as a web browser. This resource-based architectural style of REST is well-suited to the greater scalability and flexibility required by the constantly increasing utilization of cloud services.
The Men & Mice REST API includes all the functionality of the existing SOAP and JSON-RPC APIs, but delivers the added advantage of ease of use, combined with a rich set of tools and support libraries. Amongst other things, the REST API provides Men & Mice Suite users with the tools to create workflows and write handy scripts to import and export data.
The Men & Mice Suite REST API is discussed in greater detail in the Men & Mice REST API article.
VMware Integration Plug-In
Men & Mice takes a further step towards simplifying virtualization by introducing the VMware vRealize Orchestrator plug-in. Designed to integrate seamlessly with workflows inside the VMware Orchestrator framework, the Men & Mice Suite VMware plug-in allows for fast and efficient provisioning of virtual machines.
When a Men & Mice Suite user puts in a request for a new virtual machine, the vRealize Orchestrator receives the next available IP address from the requested subnet, together with other essential configuration information. vCenter creates the VM and communicates the changes back to the Men & Mice Suite, which then updates DNS infrastructure accordingly. Additionally:
The Men & Mice Suite’s custom properties allow further customization of the VM’s visibility and status.
VM information retained in the Men & Mice Suite enables VM tracking, synchronization and updates, including the release of IP addresses after a virtual server is taken down.
Integrated functionality not only saves time, but also strengthens security, eliminates errors of configuration and ensures improved and continuously synchronised network manageability.
Further information on theVMware plug-in can be obtained from Men & Mice Suite Documentation.