Network Infrastructure Client Extensions
SYNERGIX Network Infrastructure Client Extensions ( NICE ) extends the capabilities of DNS Client, WINS Client and DHCP Client Services on Windows computers that are members of Active Directory domain. It can also apply optimal configuration parameters on DNS Servers, DNS Forwarders, WINS Servers and DHCP Server & Scope options.
NICE leverages data in Active Directory Site Topology and intelligently applies the configuration to Network Services components on Windows computers. With NICE installed on all Windows Servers that are Active Directory domain members, you can forget about the TCP/IP DNS and WINS property settings. No manual changes are required when Windows Servers are relocated to another IP Subnet or the backend DNS Servers TCP/IP properties or the DNS Service availability changes.
NICE bundles the best practices into a software solution and makes Windows behave better. It helps eliminate service outages caused due to poorly planned infrastructure changes or unexpected network status changes.
AD Site Aware TCP/IP configuration
NICE implementation method is an enhancement to the Group Policy based assignment of DNS and WINS Servers entries, which are static entries.
NICE discovers the AD Site Topology for the most reliable and closest DNS Servers and assigns them to the DNS Client, DNS Forwarders List and DHCP Server & Scope options. NICE monitors the service quality of configured DNS servers and ranks them based upon service response time. NICE spreads the load across DNS servers so not all DNS clients are using the same set of primary and alternate DNS Server entries.
In majority cases, <a id=”tooltip_trigger_1″ class=”tooltip_trigger” title=”” href=”http://www.synergix.com/products/network-infrastructure-client-extensions/#tooltip_load_1″ rel=”#tooltip_load_1″>Microsoft Windows</a> Server computers are assigned static DNS and WINS Server IP Addresses. Such <span class=”highlight2″>hard-coded</span> configuration parameters require updates to be planned, tested and implemented whenever the backend DNS servers or WINS servers are updated, retired or temporarily put in maintenance mode. Computers configured with at least primary & alternate DNS server IP addresses and the DNS client will fall back to the alternate DNS server, only when the DNS server times out or points to a non-routable IP address. It means the DNS client does not perform a thorough check on the DNS server service quality; it waits for a hard failure to occur. Such instances can result in service outage or service degradation impacting critical business applications.