Bay Networks last week announced a major new release of its NetID IP address management tool.
NetID 4.0, which manages static as well as dynamic IP addresses along with DNS (Domain Name System) and DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) servers, sports a new Java user interface.
The interface now uses a hierarchical tree format, so users can see a tree of servers and domains and data on each item.
NetID 4.0 also fixes a security hole in DHCP that allows anyone who plugs into a local network to get an IP address. The fix provides client pools of unique MAC (media access control) addresses or client or user ID, so that users can't get an address from a particular DHCP range without a known MAC address.
The software is due by the end of August on HP-UX, Solaris and Windows NT. A #8,536 base offering will support 2,500 IP addresses and support for as many DNS and DHCP servers as required. On 15 July, Bay will release a NetID package intended for small to medium-size businesses. The NetID 1500, which runs on Windows NT only, provides a licence for 1,500 IP addresses for #3,045.
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