Mastering pfSense

Master the art of managing, securing, and monitoring your network using the powerful pfSense 2.3
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Mastering pfSense

David Zientara

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Master the art of managing, securing, and monitoring your network using the powerful pfSense 2.3

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ISBN 139781786463432
Paperback406 pages

Book Description

pfSense has the same reliability and stability as even the most popular commercial firewall offerings on the market – but, like the very best open-source software, it doesn’t limit you. You’re in control – you can exploit and customize pfSense around your security needs.

If you’re familiar with pfSense you probably knew that already. This book builds on any knowledge you may already have, and provides you with a clear route to expand your skills and pfSense’s capabilities. You’ll learn how to customize and configure pfSense to construct a firewall that can protect you from any potential security threats. Find out how to set up a VPN, and build a high-availability system that provides redundancy and fault tolerance – essential when security and software performance are so interdependent.

With further guidance on how to use a diverse range of third-party packages – all of which will help you unlock more from pfSense, this book covers everything you need - and more – to get a high-quality, reliable firewall up and running for a fraction of the cost.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: pfSense Essentials
pfSense project overview
Possible deployment scenarios
Hardware requirements and sizing guidelines
Introduction to VLANs and DNS
The best practices for installation and configuration
pfSense configuration
Upgrading, backing up, and restoring pfSense
Summary
Chapter 2: Advanced pfSense Configuration
DHCP
DNS
DDNS
Captive portal
NTP
SNMP
Summary
Chapter 3: Working with VLANs
Basic VLAN concepts
VLAN configuration at the console
VLAN configuration in the web GUI
VLAN configuration at the switch
Troubleshooting VLANs
Summary
Chapter 4: pfSense as a Firewall
An example network
Firewall fundamentals
Firewall best practices
Creating and editing firewall rules
Scheduling
NAT/port forwarding
Aliases
Virtual IPs
Troubleshooting
Summary
Chapter 5: Traffic Shaping
An example network
Traffic shaping essentials
Configuring traffic shaping in pfSense
Traffic shaping examples
Troubleshooting traffic shaping
Summary
Chapter 6: Virtual Private Networks
VPN fundamentals
Configuring a VPN tunnel
Troubleshooting VPN connections
Summary
Chapter 7: Redundancy and High Availability
An example network
Basic concepts
Load balancing configuration
CARP configuration
An example configuration – load balancing and CARP
Troubleshooting load balancing and CARP
Summary
Chapter 8: Routing and Bridging
Basic concepts
Routing with pfSense
Bridging with pfSense
Troubleshooting routing and bridging
Summary
Chapter 9: Extending pfSense with Packages
Basic considerations
Installing packages
Popular packages
Other packages
Summary
Chapter 10: Troubleshooting pfSense
Troubleshooting basics
pfSense troubleshooting tools
Troubleshooting scenarios
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • Configure pfSense services such as DHCP, Dynamic DNS, captive portal, DNS, NTP and SNMP
  • Set up a managed switch to work with VLANs
  • Use pfSense to allow, block and deny traffic
  • Make use of the traffic shaper to lower and raise the priority of certain types of traffic
  • Set up and connect to a VPN tunnel with pfSense
  • Incorporate redundancy and high availability by utilizing load balancing and the Common Address Redundancy Protocol (CARP)
  • Explore diagnostic tools in pfSense to solve network problems

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: pfSense Essentials
pfSense project overview
Possible deployment scenarios
Hardware requirements and sizing guidelines
Introduction to VLANs and DNS
The best practices for installation and configuration
pfSense configuration
Upgrading, backing up, and restoring pfSense
Summary
Chapter 2: Advanced pfSense Configuration
DHCP
DNS
DDNS
Captive portal
NTP
SNMP
Summary
Chapter 3: Working with VLANs
Basic VLAN concepts
VLAN configuration at the console
VLAN configuration in the web GUI
VLAN configuration at the switch
Troubleshooting VLANs
Summary
Chapter 4: pfSense as a Firewall
An example network
Firewall fundamentals
Firewall best practices
Creating and editing firewall rules
Scheduling
NAT/port forwarding
Aliases
Virtual IPs
Troubleshooting
Summary
Chapter 5: Traffic Shaping
An example network
Traffic shaping essentials
Configuring traffic shaping in pfSense
Traffic shaping examples
Troubleshooting traffic shaping
Summary
Chapter 6: Virtual Private Networks
VPN fundamentals
Configuring a VPN tunnel
Troubleshooting VPN connections
Summary
Chapter 7: Redundancy and High Availability
An example network
Basic concepts
Load balancing configuration
CARP configuration
An example configuration – load balancing and CARP
Troubleshooting load balancing and CARP
Summary
Chapter 8: Routing and Bridging
Basic concepts
Routing with pfSense
Bridging with pfSense
Troubleshooting routing and bridging
Summary
Chapter 9: Extending pfSense with Packages
Basic considerations
Installing packages
Popular packages
Other packages
Summary
Chapter 10: Troubleshooting pfSense
Troubleshooting basics
pfSense troubleshooting tools
Troubleshooting scenarios
Summary

Book Details

ISBN 139781786463432
Paperback406 pages
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