I'm looking to automate as many aspects as possible on my W2k server, and make these tasks easily completed using a web browser. MS have provided a number of scripts and the like, and with a little bit of .asp much of the automation is not too hard. Hence, I'm not sure I like the idea of paying big $'s for a "control panel".
However, one of the more annoying things is setting up and configuring DNS. MS have provided dnsprov so much of the work is already done, but all the scripts are VB. Putting an ASP interface on-top of this is not toooo difficult, so I'm surprised that no-one has done it. That is to say, I can't seem to find any free/cheap "ASP DNS Managers".
About the best I could come up with was AspDNS, which although the name sounds good, seemed to be more difficult, and less documented than MS's job. WinDNSMan, looks like the goods, but comes with a fairly hefty $300 price tag.
Given that I could not find any that were appropriate, I started playing around and making my own - and it's getting there ... slowly. But I don't really like 'reinventing the wheel' so to speak, and I find it hard to believe that there are no freely available, cheap and easy to use WebBrowser based DNS Management tools for W2k.
Does anyone know/use WebBased DNS tools for W2k?
Or does everyone want a copy of mine if it ever gets done?
Stephen, perhaps I was not clear in my first post. But what I'm really looking for 'pre made' .asp code that sits on-top of either the AspDNS or dnsprov dll's (or something similar). I'm willing to do either/both myself, but if there is already code out there, then I'd rather not have to do the same thing over again.
I simply said you could run bind + webmin, which is not just linux.
however for a reliable DNS solution IN WINDOWS 2000, you could use "ntbind" plus one of the MANY free perl DNS managers. I have not tried this, but there should be no reason it would not work with very minor changes to the path for bind.
ntbind can be found at the isc website, and if you are interested in a perl front-end I can help with that, maybe even help you change the code to work in w2k properly.
And you don't have to have a monster box to do that either.
Now, as for my comment about changing professions, I am sorry, I will remove that part. (and I did not understand you wanted something to sit on top of AspDNS, only dnsprov (and I did not know of anything))
Also, you might consider ntbind for the cost savings, as it could run on w2k pro instead of server because it would not be using IIS and other MS products, and would be just as reliable.
Stephen, thanks for the suggestions. They do look like valid alternatives. However MS DNS works fine, and if possible I'd like to stay with it. We've already got the W2k Servers, so cost savings is not really something we have to worry about.
Thanks as well Mike, thats the kind of thing I was looking for. But if possible I'd rather not install additional programs, then interface to those programs, which in turn manage/interface with DNS.
Given that both AspDNS and MS's dnsprov are easily and freely avaliable, and only require the dll's to be registered, I'm really surprised that there is not an asp solution that sits ontop of them.