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The simple yet powerful DNS server

Windows 95, 98, Me, NT4, 2000, XP, and .NET/2003

Thanks to DNS servers,  we surf the Internet using names such as "www.nicgrab.com" instead of impossible to remember IP addresses. DNS servers translate these domain names into machine readable IP-addresses needed to locate the requested web-server on the Internet. With Simple DNS Plus you can hosts your own domain name, or simply speed up Internet access by running your own DNS server. Simple DNS Plus can easily be integrated with your web-site for ISP customer signup etc., or even a full web-based DNS solution. Simple DNS Plus is also a DHCP server, it comes with a DNS Look Up tool, and many other features...
 
 

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  Features Include:
Run your own Internet DNS Server
If your computer already has a fixed IP-address - for example if you have a cable modem, DSL or another permanent Internet connection - why not also get a real identity...
Speed up Internet access with DNS caching
Even if you don't have your own domain name, Simple DNS Plus will speed up Internet access by caching all DNS records requested by your computer (or network of computers) locally, and fetching them again later much much faster.
Name the computers on your LAN and forget IP addresses and hosts files
Tired of maintaining lists of IP addresses or manually updating and copying hosts files on your local network ?
With Simple DNS Plus, you can call your e-mail-server "mail", your proxy-server "proxy", your Intranet web-server "web", etc. Then use these easy to remember names instead of IP addresses when setting up your client PCs' Internet programs, and you never have to edit a hosts file again.
Integrated DHCP server auto configures network computers and DNS
IP-addresses and other TCP/IP options can automatically be assigned to your network computers through DHCP.
Client computers configured through DHCP are automatically registered as DNS records, so the rest of the network can easily locate them.
There simply is no easier way to configure a DNS server - or TCP/IP settings on your network computers!
Simple DNS Plus also has a unique feature fixing the "unkown DHCP client" problem often encountered with older Apple/Mac DHCP clients.
Automate secondary DNS servers
A secondary Simple DNS Plus server can be configured as a "slave" server, meaning that all updates on the primary server are automatically transfers to the secondary. This includes creating and deleting zones.
(On other DNS server, you have to create and delete zones on both primary and secondary servers).
Everything is completely automated - when changes are made in the Record Editor, Simple DNS Plus immediately notifies secondary servers and a Zone Transfer is initiated.
Simple DNS Plus can also be configured as a standard secondary DNS server, and will then automatically check for updates on the primary server.
As everything else in Simple DNS Plus, Zone Transfers are implemented according to the DNS standards (RFCs), and so it is 100% compatible with other standard DNS servers.
DNS Spoofing Security option
"DNS spoofing" is a term used for malicious cache poisoning where forged data is placed in the cache of DNS server.
Spoofing attacks can cause serious security problems, for example causing users to be directed to wrong Internet sites or e-mail being routed to non-authorized mail servers.
With the spoofing security option enabled, all records in received DNS answers are checked for authority, and records for which the answering DNS server does not have authority are ignored.
"Round Robin" Load distribution option
If you have multiple web servers (or other Internet servers), containing identical content, Simple DNS Plus can automatically distribute connection loads across the servers using Round Robin.
Round Robin works on a rotating basis in that one server IP address is handed out, then moves to the back of the list; the next server IP address is handed out, then it moves to the end of the list; and so on, depending on the number of servers being used.
Easy to use GUI interface - forget cryptic DNS configuration files
Simple DNS Plus provides three simple ways to configure the IP/Domain Name mappings:
- Use the intuitive GUI interface and wizards which guide you through what to enter where, and automatically checks for and corrects most errors.
- Enable DHCP, and both client computers and DNS records are configured completely automatic without the need for any further intervention.
- Use your existing Windows hosts file. Many users are already familiar with this file and it's layout.
- Any combination of above.
DNS Look Up tool - including WHOIS
Great for testing your installation and troubleshooting all kinds of network problems.
With the "WHOIS" feature, you can check the details (such as name, address and phone) on the owners of a domain name or IP address.
Reverse Zone Wizard
Forget "in-addr.arpa" and reversing IP address segments.
With the "Reverse Zone Wizard", you simply specify your IP address range and Simple DNS Plus automatically generates all the necessary records.
It even supports "classless delegation" for those with less than 256 IP addresses.
Pre-load of Root DNS server records.
Simple DNS Plus pre-loads the Internet root DNS server records at startup.
This makes it possible to completely bypass your ISP's DNS servers which in many cases may be slow.
For intranet DNS servers, you can define your own root records through the GUI interface. 
Integrate with other applications
Simple DNS Plus can automatically check for and load new zone files (DNS record files) generated by other applications, and also includes an interface (TCP/IP) for other applications to control loading and unloading of records.
HTTP administration / programming interface
Create a web interface to your DNS server for yourself or yours customers.
This is ideal for communicating with Simple DNS Plus from other applications across the network (for example ASP scripts running on IIS).
Support for Windows 2000 dynamic updates
Windows 2000 clients can register themselves in the DNS database.
(IP address permission list per zone).
Incremental Zone Transfers
A history of individual record updates (DHCP, dynamic update, HTTP updates) is recorded, so secondary DNS servers don't need to zone transfer the entire zone each time there is a change.
This saves both CPU cycles and bandwidth.
Import Wizard
This function makes it very simple to import zones from other DNS server implementations.
This includes zone transfer, import zone file, and import set of zone files based on a boot file.
Support for wildcard records ( *.domain-name ).
If you are hosting many sub-domains on the same servers, this feature can be a real time saver.
Standard "Master File" format
Simple DNS Plus uses the standard file format defined in the RFCs, and can use standard files from other DNS implementations including different UNIX and Bind DNS servers.
See what's going on behind the scenes - live
The Simple DNS Plus Active Log View shows who's requesting what, and how the answers are found in real time.
Everything translated into human readable text.
This is great for troubleshooting all kinds of network problems.
If you are trying to learn how DNS works, this can be a real helper.
Optional detailed log files
Simple DNS Plus optionally writes all DNS queries and answers to a log file which you can then analyze at your convenience.
Domain usage statistics
With the raw log parser utility, you can create statistics for your own internal use or make it available on-line with bar charts etc.
Animated Tray Bar Icon.
Simple DNS Plus resides in the tray-bar (next to the clock), so it is out of the way, but always within a click's reach.
The Tray Bar Icon lights up whenever Simple DNS Plus is processing requests, so you will know even when the program is minimized.

 


   

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