Upgrade your Microsoft DNS to BlueCat

Outgrown Microsoft DNS? BlueCat has all the features you need in an enterprise DDI system, and a proven migration process designed to minimize disruption to the network.

Is your Microsoft DNS at the breaking point?

Managing the Domain Name System (DNS) with Microsoft works great for small networks, but it wasn’t designed to support the compounding complexity in today’s large enterprises. Here are some symptoms which may indicate that you’ve outgrown Microsoft DNS:

High stakes IPAM spreadsheets

Juggling spreadsheets for IP address management is unwieldy and inefficient

Error-related downtime

“Fat finger” changes to DNS records regularly bring down the network

Configuration madness

Managing the wall of patches and configurations in Microsoft DNS is a full-time job

Overwhelming DNS workload

Your team is falling behind on important initiatives because they’re stuck dealing with service tickets

Put your DNS in order with a centralized, automated solution

BlueCat’s Adaptive DNS solutions for DNS, DHCP, and IPAM (DDI) create a solid foundation for your network infrastructure, eliminating the heavy workload and systemic risk that comes with using Microsoft DNS on complex networks.

Single source of truth

Put all your DDI data into a single repository to eliminate errors and increase agility.

DNS firewall

Restrict access based on threat feeds and response policy zone (RPZ) rules.

DNS automation

Increase efficiency by automating standard management tasks.

Deploy everywhere

Put DNS and DHCP wherever you need it with appliances, virtual instances (VMware, KVM, HyperV), and public cloud (AWS, Azure, Google Cloud Platform).

Reporting and auditing

Capture information on users, DNS servers, deployments, and RPZ activity for easy audits.

Seamless DNS migration

Cleanse your data, ensuring nothing gets left behind.

Granular DNS logs

Agent-less visibility into any device. Track originating IP, DNS queries and response data, authoritative nameserver, query type, and protocol information for both internal and external DNS queries.

Robust APIs

Integrate your existing systems using REST APIs.

Common concerns in a Microsoft DNS migration

We get it. Migrating your core infrastructure is inherently risky, and a big change to the system you’re probably used to. Here are some topics we regularly address with customers considering a switch from Microsoft DNS to BlueCat.

What about Active Directory?

BlueCat integrates seamlessly with any Active Directory infrastructure. Contrary to popular perception, Active Directory can use any DNS service, including BlueCat – it does not require Microsoft DNS.

Can we get by with an overlay?

So-called “overlay” solutions can help with visibility during the migration process, but cannot address the architectural challenges inherent in Microsoft DNS. Only an enterprise approach to DNS can solve these problems definitively.

How do we minimize migration risk?

Any infrastructure change comes with inherent risk. BlueCat’s proven migration process cleanses and rationalizes your DNS data, ensuring a smooth transition.

How will this work in the cloud?

There are many ways to implement DNS in the cloud. BlueCat offers a wide variety of supported platforms and architectures.

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Ready to upgrade your Microsoft DNS to BlueCat? Let us show you how.