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Hello everyone,

Apart from Microsoft DHCP and ISC DHCPD, are you aware of other DHCP servers out there?  We'll be considering a revamp later this fall, and aren't enamored with the two I've just mentioned.  Plenty of "alternative" DNS servers have gained popularity in the past 5-10 years; I'm not aware of any corresponding trends for DHCP.

John
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Brandeis University
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Infoblox obviously is known for its DNS capabilities, but it also serves as a DHCP server.  We don’t have any in production, but have been testing them.

 

Paul Walker

Division Manager, Computer & Network Support | Information Systems

312-329-4392

 

We used Adonis Bluecat for about 5 years than moved on to Infloblox. I like Infoblox way better. We've been using them for around 2 years now.


On 8/29/2013 7:47 AM, Paul Walker wrote:

Infoblox obviously is known for its DNS capabilities, but it also serves as a DHCP server.  We don’t have any in production, but have been testing them.

 

Paul Walker

Division Manager, Computer & Network Support | Information Systems

312-329-4392

 

Message from dannyeaton@rice.edu

There’s also Cisco Network Registrar, which I’ve used in corporate world (cable ISP).  Not sure if anyone is using it anymore, though.  There’s also Infoblox and BT Diamond.  We’re currently using ISC. 

 

 

Message from iam@st-andrews.ac.uk

*shudder*

 

On Aug 29, 2013, at 06:52 , Vlade Ristevski wrote: > > We used Adonis Bluecat for about 5 years than moved on to Infloblox. I like Infoblox way better. We've been using them for around 2 years now. We've also been Infoblox customers for a long time, and generally have been quite satisfied. Note that at its core, it uses ISC's dhcpd, so if you have some fundamental issue with ISC's software, you should be aware of that. -- Julian Y. Koh Acting Associate Director, Telecommunications and Network Services Northwestern University Information Technology (NUIT) 2001 Sheridan Road #G-166 Evanston, IL 60208 847-467-5780 NUIT Web Site: PGP Public Key: ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.
Message from iam@st-andrews.ac.uk

Hi. As I’ve read this thread through, I’m wondering if a stepping back might help. What are the fundamental reasons for not being enamoured with the 2 servers you’ve mentioned?  Many “alternative” commercial solutions are based upon them.

 

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ian

 

Message from jethro.binks@strath.ac.uk

On Thu, 29 Aug 2013, Danny Eaton wrote: > There's also Cisco Network Registrar, which I've used in corporate world > (cable ISP). Not sure if anyone is using it anymore, though. There's > also Infoblox and BT Diamond. We're currently using ISC. Most people will mention Infoblox, Bluecat, and maybe BT Diamond/QIP on the commercial side. Younger and less well-known is EfficientIP. Jethro. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jethro R Binks, Network Manager, Information Services Directorate, University Of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK The University of Strathclyde is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, number SC015263. ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.
Message from jethro.binks@strath.ac.uk

On Thu, 29 Aug 2013, Ian McDonald wrote: > Hi. As I've read this thread through, I'm wondering if a stepping back > might help. What are the fundamental reasons for not being enamoured > with the 2 servers you've mentioned? Many "alternative" commercial > solutions are based upon them. Absolutely right, but I can tell you why we're looking at commercial solutions (which repackaged ISC stuff): 1. we don't have as many people with the Unix skills as we did once 2. we don't have the sort of development time that we used to have play with these sorts of things, keep on top of patching and upgrades, get all the resiliency in place and manage it all day-to-day at that level. This necessitates us looking at appliances that will make life easier for us. And we have a home-brew IPAM system that is essentially unsupported now and written for a bygone age: we need to move on, but we don't have resources to develop something ourselves, and quite frankly, we can't be bothered with that any more! If management are happy to pay $$$ to make my life easier and concentrate limited resources elsewhere, then I'm happy to take them up on that. Jethro. > > > -- > ian > >
If management is willing to spend the money, look at Net-MRI when evaluating the Infloblox. It takes information from your switches and routers and pulls it into IPAM. It has a bunch of other useful features as well. On 8/29/2013 8:40 AM, Jethro R Binks wrote: > On Thu, 29 Aug 2013, Ian McDonald wrote: > >> Hi. As I've read this thread through, I'm wondering if a stepping back >> might help. What are the fundamental reasons for not being enamoured >> with the 2 servers you've mentioned? Many "alternative" commercial >> solutions are based upon them. > Absolutely right, but I can tell you why we're looking at commercial > solutions (which repackaged ISC stuff): > > 1. we don't have as many people with the Unix skills as we did once > > 2. we don't have the sort of development time that we used to have play > with these sorts of things, keep on top of patching and upgrades, get all > the resiliency in place and manage it all day-to-day at that level. > > This necessitates us looking at appliances that will make life easier for > us. > > And we have a home-brew IPAM system that is essentially unsupported now > and written for a bygone age: we need to move on, but we don't have > resources to develop something ourselves, and quite frankly, we can't be > bothered with that any more! > > If management are happy to pay $$$ to make my life easier and concentrate > limited resources elsewhere, then I'm happy to take them up on that. > > Jethro. > > >> >> -- >> ian >> >>

HI,

 

This product is now called Prime Network Registrar – It’s really an OEM version of the BT Diamonds solution. Currently - one version rev behind the BT diamond code/offering.

 

We cut over to it this summer. We did some redesign, hardware and introduced caching.

 

Chad

 

Chad D Burnham

Director of Telecommunications

University Technology Services - Network Services

University of Denver

2100 S. High St. #112

Denver, CO 80208

Desk Phone: 303-871-4441

Mobile Phone: 303-520-5657

 

 

 

 

 

Here at UNH we moved to Infoblox about 2 years ago from ISC Bind/DHCP.  We are very happy with Infoblox and it has freed up much of my time as Infoblox has allowed fairly easy delegation to groups throughout campus (some thought needs to be put into this).  As an example this past year our WIFI admin imported, via CSV files, over  1000 WIFI AP DHCP-Fixed Records and DNS Host Records rather than asking me to touch either DHCP or DNS.  We use DDNS through DHCP in many instances.  Also the IPAM features allow very manageable IPv6 networking management.  We are using Infoblox for IPv6 DHCP with DDNS.  This feature has been very useful and simple to implement.

 

I would be happy to talk in detail in regard to our transition or the current day to day operation of Infblox, just let me know off-list.

 

-scott

 

Thank You,

 

Scott Kitterman

UNH IT

 

We are currently using ISC (we do have considerable linux experience, but I don’t feel you need that much to use it), but am being pressured to move to MS.  To go along with this question, I created a quick poll (if I missed any options, sorry) .. just to see what people are using:

 

http://www.easypolls.net/poll.html?p=521f87c4e4b09938befb2d09

 

This is highly scientific (it did take me about 5 minutes to put together, after all).

 

-Brian

 

 

 

Message from jemurray@zweck.net

I will +1 Infoblox.   We have been using it for a year now (switched from VitalQIP).   We use Grid manager, DNS, DHCP, Captive Portal, and NetMRI.

If you have any specific questions I will be happy to answer.   

-- Jason E. Murray Sr. Systems Engineer Washington University in St. Louis Phone: 314-935-4865 Email: jemurray@wustl.edu Web: http://nts.wustl.edu/~jemurray/




I’ll throw in another vote for EIP.  So far I am impressed.

 

Will McCullen

Principal Analyst – IT Networks

Pima Community College

520-206-4565

 

From: The EDUCAUSE Network Management Constituent Group Listserv [mailto:NETMAN@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU] On Behalf Of Jason Murray
Sent: Wednesday, September 04, 2013 12:20 PM
To: NETMAN@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU
Subject: Re: [NETMAN] Alternative DHCP servers?

 

I will +1 Infoblox.   We have been using it for a year now (switched from VitalQIP).   We use Grid manager, DNS, DHCP, Captive Portal, and NetMRI.

 

If you have any specific questions I will be happy to answer.   

 

-- Jason E. MurraySr. Systems EngineerWashington University in St. LouisPhone: 314-935-4865Email: jemurray@wustl.eduWeb: http://nts.wustl.edu/~jemurray/   

 

We are now looking at the Captive Portal feature. Whats do you guys use it for? NAC for students?


On 9/4/2013 3:19 PM, Jason Murray wrote:
I will +1 Infoblox.   We have been using it for a year now (switched from VitalQIP).   We use Grid manager, DNS, DHCP, Captive Portal, and NetMRI.

If you have any specific questions I will be happy to answer.   

-- Jason E. Murray Sr. Systems Engineer Washington University in St. Louis Phone: 314-935-4865 Email: jemurray@wustl.edu Web: http://nts.wustl.edu/~jemurray/


We use BlueCat for our campus solution and just implemented a BlueCat registration portal for this fall. It was very simple to set up and so far with student move in, it has been working great.

Mike Lippens

Manager - UMnet Admin

ITS/ITS Comm Operations

D-734-936-9861

University of Michigan



Message from jemurray@zweck.net

We are trying to create a single system for authenticating to either our wired or wireless networks.   To achieve this goal, we have created a new open wireless SSID and replaced our ResNet NAC with the Infoblox DHCP captive portal system. 

This was the first semester we rolled this out and for the most part it has worked pretty well.

We are working with Infoblox to make the captive portal a little more user friendly.   This includes being able to customize the wording as well as some type of system that will let the end users know when the registration process is fully completed.   


If you would like more specific information just let me know.   I am happy to talk about this stuff.

-- Jason E. Murray Sr. Systems Engineer Washington University in St. Louis Phone: 314-935-4865 Email: jemurray@wustl.edu Web: http://nts.wustl.edu/~jemurray/


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