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pfSense 2.x Cookbook - Second Edition

By : David Zientara
Book Image

pfSense 2.x Cookbook - Second Edition

By: David Zientara

Overview of this book

pfSense is an open source distribution of the FreeBSD-based firewall that provides a platform for ?exible and powerful routing and firewalling. The versatility of pfSense presents us with a wide array of configuration options, which makes determining requirements a little more difficult and a lot more important compared to other offerings. pfSense 2.x Cookbook – Second Edition starts by providing you with an understanding of how to complete the basic steps needed to render a pfSense firewall operational. It starts by showing you how to set up different forms of NAT entries and firewall rules and use aliases and scheduling in firewall rules. Moving on, you will learn how to implement a captive portal set up in different ways (no authentication, user manager authentication, and RADIUS authentication), as well as NTP and SNMP configuration. You will then learn how to set up a VPN tunnel with pfSense. The book then focuses on setting up traffic shaping with pfSense, using either the built-in traffic shaping wizard, custom ?oating rules, or Snort. Toward the end, you will set up multiple WAN interfaces, load balancing and failover groups, and a CARP failover group. You will also learn how to bridge interfaces, add static routing entries, and use dynamic routing protocols via third-party packages.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Title Page
Copyright and Credits
About Packt

Connecting to the IPsec VPN service

This recipe demonstrates how to connect to the IPsec service configured in the previous recipe. We will be connecting as a remote client. For this recipe, we will be using the Shrew Soft VPN client, which works with most versions of Windows (2000 and later). You can download this client at

Getting ready

You will need to download the most recent Shrew Soft VPN client that is compatible with your version of Windows. Once you do this, run the installer. When the installer presents a choice between the Professional and Standard Edition of the client, choose Standard Edition. You can use the default options for everything else, unless you want to change the installation location.

How to do it...

  1. Launch VPN Access Manager (the Shrew Soft client).
  2. On the VPN Access Manager main menu, click on the Add button to add a new connection.
  1. On the General tab, enter the Host Name or IP Address of the IPsec server configured in the previous...