Shadow IPserver: Dynamic DNS

Automated user tracking
The Domain Name Service, or DNS, is a directory service that associates domain names with their associated network address, similar to a phone book. Addresses must be assigned to match the specific network location.

As users share address pools, named entities can take on different addresses, from day to day or hour to hour. The DNS must dynamically track these changes. As a companion service to DHCP, IPserver's Dynamic DNS automatically maintains an accurate DNS mapping, so DHCP clients can always be found by the same name.

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IPserver Dynamic DNS eliminates the need to manually track and configure intranet names

Peer architecture reliably resolves dynamic names. Now!
Shadow's Dynamic DNS system was created to provide name services for today's intranet. Instead of requiring a hierarchical set of primary and secondary name servers, as with BIND, Shadow Dynamic DNS servers work together as a co-system. When resolving names for clients, Shadow's Dynamic DNS servers query each other for the name/address resolution. A dynamic registration in one Shadow DDNS server is immediately available to all others.

Shadow Dynamic DNS servers also operate as replicated servers, or exact copies of each other. This capability provides high availability for dynamic name mapping.

Compatible with existing BIND DNS.
Shadow Dynamic DNS easily integrates into existing BIND environments. BIND servers can participate in Shadow's co-server architecture, and Shadow servers will participate in standard BIND zone transfers.

Server-based updates are reliable, secure, and compatible with your desktop TCP.
IPserver's DDNS is directly integrated with Shadow's DHCP service. After assigning an IP address to a DHCP client, IPserver automatically registers the supplied name and assigned address in the Dynamic DNS server database.

Unlike alternatives that burden the client with update responsibility, IPserver maintains the appropriate mapping without dependence on the client software. Since the server handles the update, you do not need to replace your desktop TCP. Server-based updates also maintain an accurate mapping and limit exposure to unauthorized DNS changes.

Local DNS improves response time.
Shadow IPservers are designed as a distributed DNS system, and offer an ideal platform for deployment of DNS service. Deploying Shadow IPservers near users improves network response and reliability, thereby reducing bandwidth overhead and load on a single centralized DNS.


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