As well as DNSBOX’s primary job – managing DNS, DHCP and IPAM services – you need to take care of the “housekeeping” – deploying, managing and maintaining the servers in your network. DNSBOX makes this easy too!
Working with DNSBOX, you will immediately notice all the smart administrative features – user management, logging, backup / restore, alerts and so on – which make it far easier than working with a general purpose server.
But you might not notice what’s happening in the background. DNSBOX software self-manages, checking what is happening in the appliance environment, and responding to events – for example by automatically restarting on-box processes which stop unexpectedly. The result is a more robust DNS service, with less need for server administrator intervention to keep things running smoothly.
Shared Management Support/Users
- To help make sharing administration tasks easier you can let multiple administrators in different locations log in to the DNSBOX interface at one time
- The system allows you to easily add new users, assign roles and delegate responsibility
- Users are authenticated either locally, or via RADIUS or LDAP
- DNSBOX’s web interface uses configurable certificates to protect itself from ‘eavesdroppers’, ensuring that only people you allow can access your network data
- It also lets you control which machines or networks can access the user interface
- DNSBOX makes it easy to establish secure connections between Masters & Slaves for best practice architectures
- Connecting Active & Standby masters for redundancy is similarly easy, taking a few minutes rather than, for example, the hours required to setup a DHCP failover
- DNSBOX supports the automated logging of system-level messages (authentication, operating system, hardware and networking). These logs are for fault diagnosis; there is no need to review them routinely.
- Syslog files can be automatically redirected to a Syslog server elsewhere on your network to meet data retention laws or auditing requirements and assist in investigations. You can view recent messages and alerts directly from the Appliance Interface.
- Graphical reports give you comprehensive information on the health of your appliance – status of CPU, used memory, cached memory, load, temperature, fan speed and voltage
- Information is presented in clear dashboards and graphs with options to customise what is displayed and what time periods are reported
- DNSBOX can be configured to send alerts by email, SMS or SNMP to keep you up to date with events relating to hardware, system, service events or user authentication
- DNSBOX can be configured to allow Simple Network Monitoring Protocol (SNMP) requests, allowing you to monitor DNSBOX status and performance in real-time using network management software
- Configuration parameters can be backed up with a single click, then archived or sent to ApplianSys support to help with troubleshooting
- Restoring previous backups can be performed with similar ease
- Backups can be automated and stored on-box or off-box
- ApplianSys provides regular updates to add new features, improve performance and respond to new security flaws. These can be easily applied via the web interface.
- The upgrade mechanism has been developed to minimise disruption to your DNS. Services continue to be available whilst an upgrade is applied.
- When an update is applied, DNSBOX retains a copy of the previous firmware. If, for any reason you want to switch back, you can do so easily.