Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Managed Switch Port Mapping Tool v1.99.2 Released

Last night I released a new minor revision to the Managed Switch Port Mapping Tool. "Minor" is in the eye of the beholder. In reality, there were some big internal changes:

The SNMP engine was upgraded to v5.5. The complete effects of this are unknown, but may help out some mappings due to different SNMP implementations. I've been using this version of the SNMP engine for several months in the development of NetScanTools Pro v11.

The SQLite DLL was upgraded to 3.7.4. SQLite is arguably the most widely distributed non-client/server database engine. It's in your iPhone, Firefox and more.

Other changes were also important but less recognizable. We had one user who had problems with the Switch Port Mapper hanging up. Together we found that it was a corrupted snmp.tmp file. This new version deletes that file automatically when you exit the software and also deletes the html report .tmp file.

Another user had a strange problem a couple weeks ago and it was what accelerated this release. Someone at his university had a MAC with a dynamically updated DNS name of "John's MAC" (with the double quotes). First of all DNS names are not to have single quotes or spaces in them - it is a violation of DNS RFCs - why the DNS accepts them I have no idea. When our software tried to execute the SQL command with that extra quote, it failed because single quotes are used to define strings in SQL. So now our software removes single and double quotes returned by DNS.

The final important change was to the way VLANs were handled. The change corrected the VLAN results shown when you map a Cisco Small Business SF 300-08 switch. Previously there were 'extra' VLANs noted like vlan 0 which doesn't exist.

In case you are wondering, the Managed Switch Port Mapping Tool is Windows compatible software used to discover MAC and IPv4 addresses of devices connected to an SNMP managed network switch. If any of this interests you, please visit http://www.switchportmapper.com/ or http://www.netscantools.com/spmapmain.html

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