Updating to SmoothWall Express 3.0

November 7th, 2007 · No Comments

Well, I found out last night that I had forgotten my crafty, new, difficult-to-crack password for the KimAndDave.com firewall machine. After tearing the house apart looking for written clues without luck, and with no amount of desperation causing the appropriate keystrokes to be summoned forth, I eventually gave up and decided it was time for a change…

I’ve bitten the bullet and downloaded and installed SmoothWall Express 3.0 onto our firewall machine. All in all, it wasn’t too hard of a process and I got to take advantage of starting over to correct some long-standing problems with our network configuration. We’re now on a Green-Orange-Red configuration which makes it significantly easier for our ‘internal’ machines to access the servers with the same DNS names / IP addresses as someone external would use. On the other hand, this temporarily takes down our additional external ‘real’ IPs since SWE 3.0 doesn’t seem to yet support multi-IP on the Red interface. Oh well, it’s only a matter of time.

Now, I just have to go around to every box (including the wireless print servers – yuck!) and ensure they refresh their DHCP assigned IP or static IP assignment.

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