7.3.0

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.


New features

Windows Server 2016 Support

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

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. 

REST API

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:

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.


Appliances

       

Other Improvements and Changes

Bugs and Issues Fixed

End-of-Life Announcements