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Configuring IPCop Firewalls: Closing Borders with Open Source

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Configuring IPCop Firewalls: Closing Borders with Open Source

Overview of this book

IPCop is a powerful, open source, Linux based firewall distribution for primarily Small Office Or Home (SOHO) networks, although it can be used in larger networks. It provides most of the features that you would expect a modern firewall to have, and what is most important is that it sets this all up for you in a highly automated and simplified way. This book is an easy introduction to this popular application. After introducing and explaining the foundations of firewalling and networking and why they're important, the book moves on to cover using IPCop, from installing it, through configuring it, to more advanced features, such as configuring IPCop to work as an IDS, VPN and using it for bandwidth management. While providing necessary theoretical background, the book takes a practical approach, presenting sample configurations for home users, small businesses, and large businesses. The book contains plenty of illustrative examples.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Configuring IPCop Firewalls
About the Authors
About the Reviewers
Virtual Private Networks
IPCop Support

The Installation Procedure

Before we begin installing IPCop, we have to ensure that we are fully prepared and have all the necessary equipment. The following is a short checklist to ensure we have everything we need before we begin; anything specific to IPCop such as CD and floppy media will be detailed during the installation walk-through.

  • Do we have a machine that will meet the minimum system requirements?

  • Do we have enough resources in the machine to handle our projected bandwidth usage?

  • Do we have all required NICs and their drivers, if necessary, and have we checked they are compatible with IPCop?

  • Do we have all the required equipment surrounding the IPCop machine in place? Examples are cabling, switches and a client machine to test the configuration.

  • Do we have a working Internet connection?

As soon as we are sure we have all the prerequisite hardware and connections available, we can begin the installation. We will have to download the IPCop installation ISO and burn it to a CD. The latest...