Terminal Server Aware Web Proxy Server with pfSense

Microsoft, pfSense
At work, I have a client that was requesting the ability to monitor/block sites that their users were visiting.  This is traditionally quite easy with just a squid proxy server or a Barracuda Web Filter but they really didn't want an extra server to be installed during this process AND they were using a terminal server. I started looking for server side applications that I could install and just have the admin pull the data from there, however, the costs I was finding were a bit too much.  I setup a pfSense in a quick lab to demo this up.  After installing pfSense on some old hardware, did a basic configuration of the box, and then installed the Squid proxy package.  I configured this to be a traditional proxy where…
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pfSense 1.2 Release

pfSense
I had been waiting for quite some time for 1.2RC4 to be kicked out of the way for 1.2 Final release. This release made some pretty big improvements from previous releases. Those improvements can be found here and here. What's funny is I waited and waited like a little kid, then when it came out, I was probably the 300kth to download it. For some reason, I go so busy when this release hit it was crazy. However, when I did get around to installing it I did my home one first. I was running 1.2RC4 since the day it came out with zero issues. The upgrade went very smoothly. I wish all upgrades were that easy. Hint, when doing the firmware upgrade, click on another menu item to see…
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Update – Very Delayed

pfSense
Ok, so far this year I've done a very crappy job of keeping the site updated. Too busy, to bored, sick, at work, excuses excuses... I have actually been sick and too busy lately so those really aren't bad excuses. :) Well, since I don't have anything tech like to talk about I'll update you on my current work. pfSense 1.2 Final will be out here sometime soon so I'll be updating numerous firewalls to that code base when it does hit FINAL. This next weekend I will be installing a pfSense box for my Dad to start using/managing. I have been working with my Dad on a web hosting reseller configuration at http://www.builthosting.com. Hopefully we will be able to get that up and running so I can migrate the…
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pfsense Embedded Hardware Project

pfSense
Hello everyone, sorry I have been away for so long. Holiday plus vacation took a little bit out of me. Hopefully I will be back strong this year and write up a bunch of articles that someone will get something out of. Here we go. At work one of my upcoming projects will be testing the embedded hardware from ALIX to build a firewall that is as capable as a Cisco PIX 506E and then some for under $300. The hardware I am speaking of actually needs to be assembled which is kinda cool and all in all is the size of a Cisco PIX 501 which is in the neighborhood of 6"x6". Not too shabby huh. Here's the parts list stolen from the pfSense blog: ALIX Board Black Case…
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pfsense in the Enterprise

pfSense
I know I haven't been updating my blog like I usually do, but to my defense, I have been pretty busy. Lately it seems even though I would like to go home on time, I don't or can't because of another pressing issue or a deadline at work. Additionally, I have added a few projects to my todo list. One of which includes building a fully functional, failover capable firewall solution that can handle more traffic than I personally can provide content for. The solution I am speaking of is pfSense. I have mentioned the BSD based firewall solution before but that was only my home firewall. The CD-ROM based version of the distribution works perfectly on even some of the oldest (I'm using that term loosly) hardware and still…
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