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Saturday, March 11, 2006

IT Consulting Tools: DirectUpdate 4.1 Released by WildUp

The latest in IT consulting tools is version 4.1 of the popular dynamic DNS updater DirectUpdate from WildUp. In mid-February, Microsoft granted the updater a “Designed for Windows XP” logo, as it now can support x64 processors. WildUp is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and creates software for home and small business networking systems, both those of IT consulting firms and those designed by consultants.

DirectUpdate 4.1 can run as an NT service with remote web administration. It can work seamlessly with almost all the free and pay DNS services and enables users to update two or more DNS accounts the minute the IP address changes. The program is also capable of local actions on IP change including FRP upload, email notification, the launching of applications and rebooting of the service.

WHY USE DIRECTUPDATE 4.1?

There are several reasons to use DirectUpdate 4.1 over other DNS updaters. Companies that use dialup, xDSL or cable connections have different IP addresses each time a new connection is established; this means every time anyone goes online, the IP address will change. DirectUpdate allows companies that use this method of connecting to the Internet to exchange dynamic IP addresses for fixed ones that are easy to remember and in the traditional www.xxx.com format. Having a fixed IP address gives users the ability to remotely reach PC’s within a company, which is useful for global operations. IT consulting firms working with these companies can also provide them with remote support and assistance through DirectUpdate. Companies can also use it to host web, FTP, email and game servers on home or small business PC’s without spending extra money on maintaining a fixed IP address.

HOW DOES DIRECTUPDATE WORK?

DirectUpdate runs in the background like any NT service. It automatically checks for IP addresses and can carry out necessary actions when it detects a new one is being used. It updates dynamic DNS accounts, sends emails containing the new IP, uploads files with the new IP to the FTP server and restarts many types of local services. It can also locally run an application or script. It is safe for use with firewalls and most other security features set up by companies.

Blogged By: Joshua Feinberg