pfSense – The Ultimate Free Firewall

pfSense
If any one is looking for an alternative firewall for their home, office, small / medium sized business or enterprise, I may have something in store for you. I have been using pfSense, a BSD based firewall at home for about a year and a half. Well, I was using M0n0wall for about 6 months of that but pfSense is based on M0n0wall so maybe I didn't lie. Oh well. You can check it out at http://www.pfsense.com . Please take some time to mull over all the features that the BSD based firewall offers for FREE. Unlike a Cisco or Fortigate, you don't have to pay for the extras that actually make the thing functional. This is one of the best open source firewall solutions on the marked, the best…
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Backup Strategies

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In my line of buisness, I often have to install, setup, and maintain backup services for clients on a wide array of hardware and software. In today's post, I'll discuss the PROs/CONs of doing different types of backup strategies. Daily Full- Ok, Basically this backup strategy is nothing more than backing up all of your data on a daily basis. Depending on how long you want to keep your data around, you would need a very large number of tapes to pull this off effectively. However, for a 7 day data retention policy, you would need a total of 7 tapes that would rotate in during it's day of the week. PROs: Easy to setup, easy to troubleshoot, ensures that you always have the data that you need in one…
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Cisco vs. Extreme Networks Switching Commands

Cisco, Extreme Networks
Don't get your hopes up, I'm not taking sides here. I just wanted to show how the companies differ in basic switch configuration. Now for you who don't know who Extreme is, they are the purple ones, better known as Extreme Networks. They offer some pretty nice products that compete very well with the likes of Cisco or HP. Feel free to check out their product line at http://www.extremenetworks.com/. Configuring VLANs: Extreme - Create 2 VLANs and basic configuration create vlan data configure vlan data tag 2 configure vlan data ipaddress 10.0.2.1/24 create vlan voice configure vlan voice tag 3 configure vlan voice ipaddress 10.0.3.1/24 enable ipforwarding Cisco - Create 2 VLAN interfaces and basic configuration vlan dat vlan 2 name data vlan 3 name voice exit configure terminal interface…
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Better DNS Service

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Today I would like to take a moment and tell you about a FREE service that does more than just DNS for you. This service can be utilized by a single user or an entire data center. OpenDNS.com is a website that allows you to utilize it's services by adding them as your primary/secondary DNS servers or as a forwarder for your larger networks. OpenDNS offers a Safer, Faster, Smarter and More Reliable DNS Service. Ok, now for what the service really does. Taken from OpenDNS' website: Safer Phishing Protection: OpenDNS can identify and stop sites trying to phish (steal) your personal information or money.The OpenDNS phishing protection works with all operating systems and browsers, complementing any other security measures already in use. Adult Site Blocking: OpenDNS lets you block…
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Broadcom BCM4306 on Ubuntu Feisty Fawn

Linux, Ubuntu
In my last post I mentioned that I needed to install a non standard package to get my laptop wireless device working. Well, I decided that because it took me about 20-25 minutes to find the fix for this I would post it so I can save someone some unneeded grief. To get the wireless hardware working with the OS most people recommend NDISWrappers but the easiest and most supported was is to use Synaptic (the package manager) to install bcm43xx-fwcutter which is nothing more than the firmware that the kernel needs to load during the boot process to make the Wireless NIC usable. After installation just reboot and the viola you have a working Broadcom wireless NIC which supports pretty much any encryption method available.
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