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This is where I talk about the traditional networking, and protocols and its workings simplified with packet captures and others.

How to Configure AWS Site-to-Site VPN to pfSense with Dynamic Routing?

When you deploy the site-to-site VPN between AWS and pfSense using a static route, a phase1 will come up. However, the phase2 will remains down. As a result, the devices on both ends cannot communicate. Even if you try to connect phase 2 from Status->IPsec in pfsense manually, you will see the connection is not …

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How to configure BGP in pfSense?

I’ve had pfSense running on my home network for a long time now. You might use it as your home network’s firewall because it is an excellent open-source firewall. However, you should utilize hardware from Netgate if you wish to integrate pfSense to an enterprise network. I have a PPPoE configured in my network to connect …

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How to Set Up IPsec Site-to-Site VPN between FortiGate and ASA?

We use an IPsec site-to-site VPN tunnel to connect two sites. It provides security and is a lot cheaper than other means of connecting the WAN network. By default, most of the network will have internet access, and the devices they have at the edge of the network will have IPsec capability. That’s the only …

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How to Deploy Cisco ASAv in AWS? | Step by Step Guide.

Asa is one of the popular firewall offerings from cisco, used by many on-prem enterprise networks. Many users are now using the ASAv on the AWS cloud; it sits at the edge of the cloud network protecting your AWS resources. You can also take advantage of this setup and configure end-user VPNs such as Any …

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How to Configure IPsec Site to Site VPN Between Cisco ASA?

There are multiple ways to connect your inter offices using WAN. You can get MPLS, a Dedicated link. Those are the expensive ones, and there is SD-WAN. However, the cheapest and most popular method of connecting two different branch networks is using an IPsec site to site a VPN tunnel. If you have ASA on …

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How to Set Up IPsec Site to Site VPN Between ASA and Paloalto?

The Paloalto firewall is one of the popular next-generation firewalls in the market. I like Palolalto because it is very easy to use, especially for those who come from the Cisco world. The firewall offering from Cisco is the ASA – Adaptive security appliance. Though it provides security in your infrastructure, it lacks the features …

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How to Configure IPsec Site to Site VPN Between PfSense and ASA?

When you want to connect two remote sites, the easiest and cheapest way is to deploy an IPsec tunnel. The only requirement to connect both offices is that you need a device that supports IPsec capability and an internet connection. That’s it, and you can now build an IPsec tunnel successfully between two sites. ASA …

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How to Install a FortiGate Firewall on Proxmox?

FortiGate is one of the popular commercial firewalls used by enterprise networks. It is even available for home usage with a smaller hardware version. Sometimes, you might have a virtual license for the FortiGate firewall and wonder how you can virtualize the FortiGate firewall in your network. For the learning purpose, you can install the …

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How to Configure PPPoE on a FortiGate Firewall?

The PPPoE is the standard configuration to enable most consumer internet connections networks. It is the favored method because it provides ease of management with respect to the account, bandwidth, etc. The PPP is a legacy serial link technology that helps to connect between the WAN links. However, PPP doesn’t support natively on the ethernet; …

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How to Install OPNsense Firewall in Proxmox? | Step by Step.

OPNsense is one of the popular open-source firewalls out there, and it is almost identical to the pfsense firewall. You could replace your home router with an OPNsense firewall. Either get the physical hardware from the OPNsense. If you cannot afford that, another option is to use any old PC and turn them into an …

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How to Install PfSense on Proxmox? | Step by Step.

When you come from a production network, you might think, what if you had a firewall, virtualization platform available in production network gear is available for free? Wouldn’t that be great? That way, you can build your home lab with those gears, right.? That’s when opensource comes to our help. For a free Opensource firewall, …

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How to Install PfSense on VMware ESXi? – Step by Step Guide.

We have covered PfSense installation in different hypervisors in the past. When someone tells you about virtualizing PfSense in a bigger network, the first thing that comes to your mind is the VMware ESXi, which is the type1 of hypervisor built only for running Virtual machines. In this blog, we will look at how you …

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How to Setup Pfsense PPPoE WAN?

PPPOE is a common standard that many ISP’s use for providing internet connectivity. It is very popular for consumer networks but not for enterprise networks. However, you will still see some Internet service providers use PPPOE for enterprise networks. It is common because it provides automatic IP assignments, authentication, and bandwidth allocation; moreover, it provides …

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How to Configure OPNsense DMZ ? | Step by Step.

We have covered multiple blogs related to the OPNsense firewall in the past. In most of the setup, we used to have an OPNsense firewall connected to the internet, and LAN users could go out to the internet using the firewall. Sometimes you would want to configure internet-facing servers on your network. Maybe you want …

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How to Configure VLAN on FortiGate Firewall?

Many of the FortiGate appliances come with enough ports for you to configure the network. There are times you might be running out of ports and want to configure another network on the FortiGate firewall, so how do you deal with that type of situation? We can configure VLAN on the FortiGate firewall to configure …

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How to Configure DMZ on the FortiGate Firewall? | Step by Step

We have covered many blogs related to fortigate firewalls in our previous articles. However, it was just the LAN interface connected to the internet in most configurations. But what if you want to add an internet-facing server to your network? In some scenarios, you would want to add servers to the network and allow access …

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How to Configure OpenVPN on PfSense in AWS Cloud?

In my previous blog post, we installed the PFsense firewall on the AWS cloud. When you have Psense firewall installed on the AWS side, you might want to connect to it over VPN as an admin and allow VPN access to your end-users if they are required to get into some AWS resources through pfsense. …

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How to Configure IPsec Site to Site VPN Between FortiGate and PfSense?

In my previous blog, we have covered plenty of articles related to the pfsense firewall, which is a great firewall if you want to use it for your home purpose. However, suppose you’re going to use it for commercial use. In that case, you cannot use custom hardware with pfsense in it. As per the …

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How to Configure IPsec Site to Site VPN on FortiGate Firewall?

In the last blog post, we have looked at how you can configure Fortigate port forwarding for HTTPS, SSH, and RDP traffic. But that’s not the secure way to access the resources in the corporate network. If you want to have highly secure connectivity between two sides over the Internet, you either need to use …

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How to Configure FortiGate Port Forwarding?

Port forwarding is a popular feature many networks use to allow access to your servers inside your network over the public internet. It is used primarily for the webservers, where you want to expose ports 80 and 443 to the public. However, it is used by many other applications as well. In this blog, we …

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How to Deploy FortiGate Firewall on AWS EC2?

The FortiGate Firewall is one of the popular next-generation firewalls used by many worldwide on-premise and cloud data centers. With the FortiGate Firewall, you can not only secure your branch or cloud network, but you can also connect your branches using site-to-site VPN and SSL VPN. In this blog, we are trying to see how …

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Build a FortiGate lab using GNS3 – Step by Step Guide.

In our last blog post, we covered how you can install a FortiGate firewall in GNS3, and in this blog, we are going to continue from where we left off to build a lab with the FortiGate firewall. Below is the topology that we are going to build. The FortiGate firewall WAN interface is connected …

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How to Install FortiGate on VMware Workstation?

FortiGate is one of the popular NextGen firewalls used by many enterprise networks. In this blog, we will install the FortiGate firewall on the VMware workstation. After the installation, access the firewall via the management interface. We will enable DHCP configuration on the LAN side and create basic security and NAT policy to allow the …

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How to Configure PfSense DMZ Setup? | Step by Step

The installation is pretty straightforward when you deploy the pfsense firewall at your home or office network. When the pfsense has more than a single interface, it would automatically pick up the WAN and LAN interface. You connect the ISP to the WAN interface of the Firewall, configure the WAN side on the pfsense. The …

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