Extraneous Extras

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2001-11-05 Print this article Print

Extraneous Extras

Threshold networks threw nearly everything into Edge IP. Managers should use the box to handle straight DHCP and DNS duties because most of the extra bells and whistles are just that. Likewise, many custom parameters in Edge IP should be ignored.

Fortunately, the configuration interface puts the important stuff upfront. During tests, we configured our first DHCP scope by going tab by tab through all the options. The wizard button was more methodical than we were, but we got satisfactory results using either interface after spending just a few minutes at the console.

Edge IP is also a full-featured

DNS server and proved to be tightly integrated with the DHCP side in tests. Its new ability to handle WINS (Windows Internet Name Service) requests worked well. IT managers who have a mix of old segments that use NetBIOS can now use Edge IP not only to resolve the IP address of the host system today but also to make the product part of a migration plan to DNS.

We created a master DNS zone that acted as the authority for other zones in a network. It was a simple task to configure a forward zone to a different DNS server to handle queries that were outside the scope of the names we provided to Edge IP.

Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant has been with the Labs since 1997, and before that paid his IT management dues at a software publishing firm working with several Fortune 100 companies. Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility, with a focus on Android in the enterprise. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his reviews and analysis are grounded in real-world concern. Cameron is a regular speaker at Ziff-Davis Enterprise online and face-to-face events. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at csturdevant@eweek.com.

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