IP address management

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IP address management (IPAM) is a methodology implemented in computer software for planning and managing the assignment and use of IP addresses and closely related resources of a computer network. It does not typically provide Domain Name System (DNS) and Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) services, but manages information for these components.[1] Additional functionality, such as controlling reservations in DHCP and other data aggregation and reporting capabilities, is also common. Data tracked by an IPAM system may include information such as IP addresses in use, and the associated devices and users. Centralized collection of this information may support troubleshooting and abuse investigations.[2]

IPAM tools are increasingly important as new IPv6 networks are deployed with large address pools of 128-bit hexadecimal numbers and new subnetting techniques.[3]


  1. ^ Bass, John (3 December 2007). "Tools cure IP address-management headaches". Network World. Archived from the original on 16 July 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2019. IPAM products keep strict tabs on IP addresses, DNS names, MX records, aliases or any other standard DNS object attribute. An obvious extension to IPAM is the ability to push IP address information out to DNS and DHCP servers to make the information usable across the network. Some IPAM tools completely take over the operation and configuration of DNS/DHCP services and some simply control cursory operational aspects of these services.
  2. ^ Sandbu, Marius (8 April 2012). "IPAM (IP Address Management) Server windows 8". Msandbu Org. Archived from the original on 8 December 2017. Retrieved 7 February 2019. Audit of server configuration changes and tracking of IP address usage: Operational events are displayed for the IPAM server and managed DHCP servers. IPAM also enables IP address tracking using DHCP lease events and user logon events collected from Network Policy Server (NPS), domain controllers, and DHCP servers. Tracking is available by IP address, client ID, host name, or user name.
  3. ^ Doyle, Jeff (January 28, 2011). "Jeff Doyle on IP Routing: IPv6 Address Design". Framingham, MA: Network World, Inc. Retrieved March 17, 2011.

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