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iDNS is a configuration tool that makes setting up your own DNS server as simple as possible. iDNS uses the de facto standard DNS server, BIND, which comes installed on every Mac. The tool to configure this DNS server is not included by Apple on standard Mac OS X installations, only Mac OS X Server. But what if you don't want to buy Apple's expensive Server operating system just for a DNS server? This is the beauty of iDNS!

The best thing about iDNS is that if you have ever used Mac OS X Server, you already know how to use iDNS. iDNS uses the same interface as Server Admin for configuring DNS zones, making it easy for you to find more...

What's New

Version 1.3:
  • Several bug fixes and increased reliability
  • New start and stop button to fit in with Mac OS X
  • Ability to import and export iDNS data with the option of encrypting the data
  • Ability to set the Negative Caching TTL


Mac OS X 10.5 or later

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Thebearak Member IconComment+1

I have to agree. Lots missing for something that can be had for free.

There is a free php program called Webmin that works with any Mac OS, Linux, etc.

Webmin has a lot of other features, but it does manage DNS configs pretty well too.

Of course, anybody who wants to get serious about DNS, should really look at learning everything about the config files and other items like DHCP server.

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Version 1.3
Neil_m Member IconComment+179

Without getting into a discussion about OS X Server and the warped/semi-functional implementation of BIND included or the mangled way that Wide Area Bonjour is implemented. If you are curious check out the Bonjour mailing list or BIND/DNS discussions over Apple's server forum.

I prefer DNS Enabler for it's Bonjour Section, you can manually add in items, which can then supplement dynamically created ones or VirtualhostX bonjour generated items.

I'd have to agree with a previous poster, the OS X Server interface is nothing to shout about and recreating it for OS X Client is not worth £24.99. However if it is developed and adds features on top of the existing interface, it might be worth reconsidering.

- iDNS and DNS Enabler are just GUI to access BIND.
DNS Enabler is $15. iDNS is just not competitive for what it offers.

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Version 1.1
Borndevil6 Member IconReview+2

iDNS does exactly what it says:
"makes setting up your own DNS server as simple as possible."

Being able to set my entire home network in under 10 minutes and for it all to work is fantastic. I don't have to fiddle arround with numerous files and make sure each of them is exactly right and then spend hours troubleshooting to find the problem is a missed "." or entered something in the wrong order.

Some comments posted alreay say there aren't enought features etc but for me it works fine, ROBACKJA, you seem pretty experienced in setting up BIND and the things you mentioned seem very advanced to me, however support for dynamic DNS would be good. Perhaps the developer has plans for adding support for these different things which is why i've only given features 4.
"How about fixing the flaws in the ServerAdmin interface," iDNS seems to fix atleast one of these flaws with the reverse zones, they are completely controlled by the program so you don't have to worry about theses.

So far I've had no problems with setting up and running the server, if I have any problems I'll be sure to come back and let you all know, and will definiatly use my "60-day money back guarantee.". However £25 is fairly expensive but not unreasonable or nearly as expensive for apples server at just over £400.

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Version 1.0
Robackja Member IconComment+149

This is the exact interface of OS X Server v10.6 (at least from the screenshots and description) ... so it just as worthless as the OS X server admin for doing anything more advanced then the most rudimentary DNS setups.

Here are some of the things I found OS X serveradmin lacking.

- SPF mail records. (IN TXT is the old way)
- DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM) (The DNS part)
- Dynamic DNS (the GUI cannot handle the details of nsupdate dynamically modifying the zone files, plus the BIND journal file, e.g. the GUI needs to freeze the zone first, to write out journal, than thaw the zone to allow dynamic updates)
- No way GUI way to make new DNSSEC keys, add them to the configuration, etc, also update-policy{}; and allow-update{}; in the zone configuration.
- Allow transfers is either on or off, but should allow IP lists, ACLs, etc. (e.g. allow-transfer {; blah; blah; };

This is just a short list I can remember off the top of my head. I've long since abandoned the ServerAdmin GUI for the command line. Much easier.

Now, $40 for this?? LOL. How about fixing the flaws in the ServerAdmin interface, instead of just COPYING it like the piece of garbage that ServerAdmin is.

Long story short, if you are experienced in BIND or own the DNS&BIND O'Reilly book, forget these GUIs, as they are lacking to say the least.

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Version 1.0
Helmo Hass Member IconComment+87
Helmo Hass

as usual i stand for "I can't test = i'll never buy"

so as i did till now, I will just download the osx server comboupdate and extract just the tools i need.... very much easier and surely free :)

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Version 1.0

Developer says in part: "If iDNS doesn't work for you, or you're not completely satisfied, I'll be happy to give you a refund within 60 days of your purchase." On this basis, I bought iVPN. It worked.

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Downloads 4,630
Version Downloads 4,229
Type Internet / Servers
License Commercial
Date 22 Mar 2010
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32 / PPC 64
Price $22.55
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