Tutorial: Using VMWare ESXi and PFsense as a network firewall/router
August 31, 2015
vSphere 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 took up ~1.8amps at peak load. So cost came into play and we simply couldn’t afford to put in dedicated hardware that could push enough bits. In such cases, it is possible the setup ESXi on the network edge, in a reasonably secure fashion, with PFSense acting as a firewall.
When QA Fails... Miserably
March 4, 2008
At the office we use Symantec anti-virus. Recently we upgraded to Symantec Endpoint Protection 11.0 which includes Anti-Virus, Anti-Spyware, Proactive Threat Protection and lastly… Network Threat Protection. The reason why I single out that last component is because it contains MASSIVE amounts of failure — or lack of QA work. This last week I finally managed to convince one of our off site workers to upgrade Symantec. Shortly there after I was told that they could no longer connect to their Wireless Access Point.