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Lauren Malhoit

Microsoft and Micetro: A Perfect Pair

Enhance Your Current Microsoft DDI Services with Micetro

Sep 24th, 2021

Consistency = Reliability

Not since coffee and donuts, Batman and Robin, or pylsa (Icelandic for hot dog) and mustard has there been such a perfect pair as Microsoft and Micetro. Why is this important, though? It really comes down to consistency. As you’re keeping up with your day job it can be challenging to create consistent environments. The way you did something on Tuesday last week may not be exactly the same way you decide to do something today and that doesn’t even take into account how others on your team or other teams decide to do something. However, whether you’re an SMB or a large enterprise, one thing is clear. With more consistency comes more resilient networks.

Introducing Consistency Now Without Fear of Technical Debt

Technical debt is the idea that in order to implement a solution now you may miss out on a solution later that might be a better approach, much like buying something now with a credit card instead of waiting to have the cash on hand. However, with sustainable networking through abstraction, you may actually avoid this technical debt. You may even recover some “debt” with an overlay solution that works with your current solutions rather than ripping-and-replacing them. That’s why Microsoft and Micetro are such a great “better together” partnership, and why Micetro is a Preferred Microsoft Partner.

Where Can Micetro Help Build in Sustainable Networking?

Consistency isn’t just about how you create a DNS record or which DHCP options get applied. There’s much more to it than that even when narrowing down to the world of DDI, and then narrowing that down to Microsoft implementations of DNS and DHCP. Let’s take a look at a few places where you can build resiliency and sustainable networking into your current Microsoft DDI services.

Centralized View Without Using Agents

Many IT departments started out with using the built-in DNS and DHCP services on their domain controllers, and that’s fantastic. However, even if you’re only running one site or Active Directory forest, you still have to go at least two places to look at your DNS and DHCP information. By bringing in an overlay solution, like Micetro, you’ll be able to view all of this information in the same place. Then, rather than going to a third place (likely a manually kept spreadsheet) you can pull in all your IP information for easier IP Address Management. Bonus: you don’t even have to manage agents because Micetro will integrate with Active Directory without any sort of controller or agent.

Access Control

Active Directory Users and Groups is a staple that many companies use to manage their role based access control (RBAC). Micetro will pull those users and groups in through Active Directory (AD) integration. Micetro has its own RBAC solution as well, which can work with AD groups, but also control access in the public cloud, or even with BIND. So, you only have to create a group once to provide the proper role based access to all of your platforms.

AD Sites and Subnets

As mentioned above, Micetro will give you a centralized view of your entire Active Directory forest, but it goes beyond that. Get a centralized view of all your forests, sites, and subnets from a single place. For large enterprises that who have many mergers and acquisitions, this can be an incredibly helpful tool as you start bringing them in to your Active Directory to see all of the DDI information in one place.

Migration to the Azure Cloud

IT teams can deploy Micetro from the Azure Marketplace, and be up and running in minutes. It’s one of the reasons Micetro by Men&Mice, is the only Microsoft-preferred solution for DNS, DHCP, and IPAM on the Azure Marketplace.

Then, of course, view and manage both your on-premises Active Directory DNS and DHCP, along with your Azure DNS, and all your IP information for your entire multicloud infrastructure and you get one view of the entire system.

Mixed Environment Support

It’s very likely that you may be running Microsoft Active Directory for DNS and DHCP on-prem, but you’re using a non-Microsoft public cloud instance like AWS. Micetro still gives you centralized visibility and management. It’ll work with multiple public cloud vendors, as well as BIND if you’re running Linux implementations in other parts of your enterprise network.

You may also build in multi-vendor redundancy between the public cloud instances and on-premises so that you’re covered in case of DNS outages or even planned migrations using Micetro.

Better Together with Microsoft and Micetro

Microsoft and Micetro working in partnership is a better together story that will truly give you a sustainable network that will make your IT operations teams’ lives easier, as well as your end users. Get a free live demo of Micetro to see it in action. https://menandmice.com/live-demo