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pfSense 2.3 is out and it’s Bootstrap’ing!

Yesterday pfSense 2.3 was release and it’s a fairly major UI change. The key is the conversion from the previous web-UI (that was tragically out of date) to a new Bootstrap based design. Not only does this make the UI look really slick, it also gains built-in responsiveness! The best part about the overhaul is that they really managed to maintain the same general look and feel while giving it...

Unblocking Private IPs from Public DNS under PFSense 3

Unblocking Private IPs from Public DNS under PFSense

My home network has a domain name, so I don’t have to remember all the IP addresses of my various servers. However, I publish all the DNS information using AWS Route 53 since $0.50/month is much more palatable to me than running BIND. This works flawlessly until you get a firewall like PFsense that blocks all DNS responses for private IP address blocks (e.g. 192.168.x, 10.x, 172.16.x). Fortunately, it’s very...

Tutorial: Using VMWare ESXi and PFsense as a network firewall/router 7

Tutorial: Using VMWare ESXi and PFsense as a network firewall/router

In most networks, you will have dedicated hardware to function as your “edge” (firewall/router). This is typically for the best, but there are always cases where you can’t put out that dedicated hardware. Sometimes it’s for cost reasons and sometimes it’s for complexity. In my particular case, I was installing an ESXi server in a datacenter and only had 2 amps of power to work with, of which my server...

Project “Falcon” – The DIY Router (server?) Experiment 1

Project “Falcon” – The DIY Router (server?) Experiment

As previously mentioned, I work in a “Cloud company” which typically means we claim we’re a “serverless” office. However sometimes I need a server-like machine to make a point. For this particular project we needed a machine that was, for all intents and purposes, a server… except I wanted to build it myself. It wasn’t so much to save money, but so I could customize the machine to get exactly...

All Quiet on the Blog Front (again) 0

All Quiet on the Blog Front (again)

For those of you who might stop by semi-regularly, you’ve not seen me post in about 4 months. In fact, I’ve not regularly posted since January of this year and John has been carrying the weight. Work has “kept me out of trouble” as they say, or more correctly just been insanely busy. When I’m crazy busy at work I don’t have said time/energy to blog… which is quite unfortunate...