IPAM and DNS
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IPAM

DNS

The SovLabs Mice & Men IPAM module for vRealize Automation enables organizations who utilize Mice & Men for centralized IP address management to now have a fully automated method of obtaining and releasing IP addresses as the cloud environment dynamically scales. With SovLabs, cloud architects can design a wide variety of integration scenarios using metadata-driven policies that can be dynamically assigned and controlled with the SovLabs Template Engine.
The SovLabs vRealize Automation DNS module for Men & Mice enables organizations who utilize Men & Mice to manage BIND, Microsoft or cloud-based providers for DNS hosting to now have a fully automated method of controlling DNS records as the cloud environment dynamically scales, reducing the support burden and increasing the chances of successful ITaaS deployments from the vRealize service catalog.

Highlights

Obtain and reserve unique IP address(es) and release automatically during appropriate machine lifecycle
Drive DNS record creation and removal automatically during the machine lifecycle
IP subnets can now easily be shared between vRealize Automation deployments and alongside existing tools and devices without fear of IP conflict
Separate dynamic Men & Mice endpoint and DNS configuration definitions that allow for ultimate flexibility and scale
DNS and IPAM configurations are interchangeable between endpoint providers; avoid lock-in by easily mixing, matching or migrating DNS and IPAM providers with SovLabs
  • Create flexible IPAM profiles that include one or more Mice & Men endpoints
  • Reserve unique IP address(es) and assign to the VM NIC(s) based on IPAM profile(s)
  • IPAM profiles include basic IP information such as DNS and WINS configurations
  • IPAM profiles can be pinned to specific NIC numbers
  • IPAM profiles can span multiple networks, each consisting of a network name, subnet
  • CIDR block, gateway address and network mask
  • IPAM profiles allow for a list of excluded IP addresses
  • IPAM profile fields can be dynamic, utilizing the SovLabs Template Engine
  • SovLabs Template Engine allows for static text in combination with dynamic content such as vRealize Automation custom properties and/or custom logic
  • Ability to detect and skip IP addresses, that are marked as free in IPAM but are found to be in use on the network.  This feature includes notification policy for informing the administrators when IP conflicts are detected as well as regeneration of hostnames where appropriate.  Utilizes SovLabs Custom Naming and Notifications modules, which are both included in SovLabs Foundation.
  • Create flexible DNS configurations that include one or more Men & Mice endpoints
  • Supports one or more domains and networks in a single DNS configuration
  • Supports BIND and Microsoft DNS servers managed via Men & Mice
  • SovLabs Template Engine allows for static text in combination with dynamic content such as vRealize Automation custom properties and/or custom logic
  • Employs several methods to improve DNS data integrity and mitigate issues from stale, duplicate or orphaned DNS records, such as retry logic, record availability and DNS propagation/post validation checks
  • DNS configurations are interchangeable between endpoint providers; avoid lock-in by easily adding additional DNS providers with other DNS modules from SovLabs
  • Allows for independent configurations for forward and reverse records, if desired
  • Men & Mice endpoints can also be used with the SovLabs IPAM module for Men & Mice
  • SovLabs DNS configurations may also be used with SovLabs network load balancer modules
  • Optional feature to designate a default DNS configuration if the domain(s) or network(s) are not matched to any other DNS configuration(s)
  • Supports up to 10 network interfaces per machine

VMware's vRealize Automation - Advanced or Enterprise - 7.2, 7.3.1, 7.4, 7.5

VMware Cloud on AWS

Men & Mice Suite: 8.1+

Supports BIND and Windows DNS server types

VMware vRealize Automation: 7.x

VMware vRealize Orchestrator: 7.x