[Pdns-users] GUI survey

John Miller johnmill at brandeis.edu
Tue Feb 5 02:06:18 UTC 2013

Hello everyone,

As we get ready to roll out PowerDNS for our authoritative nameservers, I'm
evaluating the GUI gamut to see what's available and works well.  I've
installed dev copies of just about every GUI listed in the wiki.  There's
drawbacks to just about all of them (unwieldy interface, no DNSSEC support,
no support for groups, no domain templating system, buggy code, manual PTR
maintenance), and quite a few seem to no longer be maintained (last commit
older than a year).

What are folks using?  What databases are you running on the backend?  Any
particular things you do/don't like about your choice?  If you're running
custom code, why (and can I have a copy)?  I know there's tons of older
posts talking about GUIs, but I think it'd be valuable to bring the
discussion up to date.

If I could find something to do the following, I'd be grinning like
PowerDNSTango's Cheshire Cat:

   - Login via SSO and/or AD/LDAP
   - Group assignment via AD/LDAP
   - Auto-update PTR records
   - DNSSEC support
   - Relatively quick loading
   - AJAXy sort and search capability
   - Change logging
   - Integrity checking for all record types
   - Skinnable interface
   - Domain/zone Templates
   - "Create subdomain" ability
   - Role-based access
   - separation of gui database from main PowerDNS database
   - supports multiple PowerDNS databases and/or views, multiple SQL users
   - auto-increment serial numbers
   - some form of revision control/rollback
   - remote API (REST, XML-RPC, SOAP, etc.)
   - basic server monitoring and statistics
   - allows non-RFC TLDs for internal DNS
   - visual separation of forward and reverse zones for ease of editing
   (when you have 10 forward and 200 reverse zones, separation is a good
   - native, master, and slave support

John Miller
Systems Engineer
Brandeis University
johnmill at brandeis.edu
(781) 736-4619
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