15. May 2014
Men & Mice Announces version 6.6 of the Men & Mice Suite
Version 6.6 of the Men & Mice Suite contains a number of new features and enhancements.
If you are using Linux DNS/DHCP servers that are running an old and unsupported OS (i.e. RHEL 4.x or older, SuSE 9.x or older, or Ubuntu 9.x or older), these servers can no longer be managed after upgrading to Men & Mice Suite version 6.6. Please upgrade the OS on these servers before upgrading Men & Mice
Utilization of static subnets displayed in the Management Console and the Web UI
Real-time utilization of static subnets is now displayed for static subnets in the user interfaces, which allows users and administrators to quickly see the utilization percentage of the subnets. The utilization information can be copied out from the console for easy reports and the users can furthermore sort and filter by the utilization. Filtering of the utilization can be combined with other filters so the user can, as an example, get a list of all subnets of a specific size, or of a specific type that are more than 85% utilized.
In previous versions of Men & Mice the user could save filters, which would appear on the left side panel in the Management Console. When the filter was applied, the user wouldn’t see the exact filter statement; he would only see the results. Now the filters have become much more powerful. The user can save filters and place them in “smart”-folders and they will now appear in the left-side view below the object type they apply to. The user can also right-click the filter, change its name and the filter statement. Filters created by the “administrator” user are global, i.e. they are visible by all users.
Support for RPZ, aka DNS Firewall
Men & Mice now support the Response Policy Zone framework in BIND, which is the underlying mechanism of DNS Firewalls. Administrators can create and define RPZ zones with Men & Mice or, via the tool, configure the DNS servers to subscribe to RPZ feeds from trusted sources.
SNMP Profiles and SNMPv3
Multiple SNMP profiles can now be created in the tool. This allows enterprises with complex networks that wish to use Men & Mice to pull discovery information from routers that belong to different security realms to create a profile for each realm. With the addition of SNMPv3, profile can be for version 1, 2c or 3 and can contain different settings, such as authentication and community strings.
Appliance diagnostic access
The Men & Mice Appliances, both DDI and Caching, now have a read-only diagnostic shell access that can be used to run troubleshooting commands (such as dig, drill, etc) and to gather information and logs from the appliances. The access is read-only so no changes can be made to the configuration or data on the appliances using the diagnostic access.
Backup and restore of appliances
Men & Mice Central now stores a backup of full configuration and data from all the managed appliances. Full backups are taken daily and incremental backups are taken each time a change is made on the appliances. If an appliance becomes unavailable for some reason, a new appliance can be configured with the same IP address as the unavailable appliance and all configuration, including DNS and DHCP data, network configuration and other settings is restored from the backup to the new appliance making it identical to the unavailable appliance.
- Access can now be set for the DNS Analysis feature
- Access can be set for management of DNS Wildcard records
- Various performance and stability enhancements.
Men & Mice customers can get version 188.8.131.52 here