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Men & Mice Suite

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Commercial; see site.

Current Version: 6.1.4 (May 7, 2010)

Men & Mice produces DNS and IP management software that enables users, through a graphical interface, to simultaneously manage standard DNS and DHCP servers on different platforms, as well as keep track of IP addresses. The Men & Mice Suite comes in both an enterprise version and a small business version (the latter which was formerly called "QuickDNS"). The Suite is comprised of three components: a client, called "Men & Mice Management Console"; a data storage and web server, called "Men & Mice Central"; and DNS gateway software, called "Men & Mice Server Controller".

Version 6.1.4 adds/changes the following:

  • Management Console - Fixed bug that could cause list items for custom properties to disappear when editing the property definition
  • Management Console - Migrate Scope Wizard no longer fails to open
  • Management Console - List of preferred servers for an AD zone can now be opened even if there is a non-AD instance of the zone present
  • Management Console - Initial position of Manager window for users that get the "Did you know.." dialog at startup should now be correct
  • Management Console - The "Enable/Disable" submenu should now be hidden when not applicable
  • DHCP Server Controller - Now uses dhcpsapi to load scope contents which should be much faster
  • DNS Server Controller - Improved support for Windows 2008
  • DNS Server Controller - Fixed zone file locking scenario where an empty zone file might be left while not reverting to a valid backup zone file
  • Central - Fixed issue where DHCP hosts would appear in the wrong place.
  • Central - Joining ranges with one or more read-only custom properties no longer fails with "can't modify read-only property" error
  • Central - Fixed bug where threads that slept for an unusual length of time were assumed to be frozen and restarted
  • Web - Fixed bug in Single sign-on

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Built Into Mac OS X

Mac OS X has a huge amount of TCP/IP-based server software built into it that I don't specifically cover here. Your "Sharing" Preference Pane allows you to enable and disable these services with a click of the mouse. The software running behind the scenes to provide many of these services is generally of the open source variety. The standard release of Mac OS X includes, among many others:

  • Apache httpd (web server; enabled via the Sharing Preference Pane).
  • Postfix (mail server; see Mac OS X Hints for more information).
  • tnftpd (FTP server; enabled via the Sharing Preference Pane).
  • OpenSSH (Secure Shell server; enabled via the Sharing Preference Pane via "Remote Login" but additionally configurable via selected applications listed on this page).
  • BIND (Domain Name System server; see Mac OS X Hints for more information).
  • Samba (Windows file sharing; enabled via the Sharing Preference Pane).
  • XFree86 (X Window server; enabled via the "X11" application in your "Utilities" folder, if you elected to install it with Mac OS X).

Of course, Mac OS X Server includes many more, in addition to offering more recent versions of many of the above servers.

Related Links

Graham Orndorff has written a superb collection of articles on setting up email servers and secure email clients on Mac OS X.

Also Consider . . .

These are applications that are newer and of potential interest, but which I haven't yet selected for permanent inclusion. Have a look, and let me know if you think they deserve to be part of the permanent collection!