Tuesday, June 2, 2020

PBR (Policy Based Routing) And PFSense

I went to a customer site today where they had a Toshiba IP phone system that would not route but to only one destination (the default gateway).  But the need was to have certain traffic go out one internet connection (smtp) and the voice traffic out the other. So, I put a Netgate SG-1100 in to do the PBR and it worked great. Doing PBR on PFSense was easy and made sense for this customer. And yes, it's setup with only the LAN port. It's all they needed.

Monday, June 1, 2020

Homesteading

If you like the idea of homesteading, my brother does some pretty cool videos on his family journey into it. They are starting fresh, learning as they go, with a lot of interesting experiences along the way. Check them out.

The Little Orchard Farm

Saturday, May 30, 2020

What Kind Of Joy

I like music. Especially from my teenage years. The link below is to a song that I really like and haven't heard in years, until recently. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
What Kind Of Joy

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

The Truth About Firewalls

I had someone comment about a statement I made about PFSense and Sonicwall. I said that PFSense was a better firewall than Sonicwall. They said that was a bold statement. 
Well, if you look at the features and capability, it's just a simple fact. Dell doesn't like for me to say that. Well, I honestly don't care. If you don't like for me to tell the truth about your product, then make your product better. It's that simple. 
Is PFSense a perfect firewall and the best there is on the firewall list? No. But if it has more security features than another firewall and performs well, it's definitely recommended over the lesser.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

PFSense: PFBlockerNG

I've been working with PFBlockerNG for URL filtering quite a bit lately, and I have to say it works pretty good.  What it does is that it blocks URLs (web filtering) based on DNS instead of a URL category. Yes, Squid does do URL categorization, but if you don't want to have to do anything on the client side for HTTPS inspection, then DNS filtering (so to speak) is a decent choice.  I'm not saying its perfect, but I do like it enough to use it.
I wont put up a "how to", as there are plenty of those out there for doing what you need to do.  Just know that I find it a good alternative to URL filtering.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Comments

My apologies for not responding to comments and posting them. Somehow, Google Blogger didn't notify me that comments were being put on the Network Fun blog. I just went through them all last night and posted them for the last year or so. I'll try to go back and answer the questions as I can. For some reason, Google Blogger took my email address out. I fixed it, so I should get these notifications again. Take good care everyone.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Instagram: OnTheRoadInternet

My wife does an Instagram account for one of the travel firewall and VPN services that we offer at White Rhino. Her Instagram handle is ontheroadinternet (on the road internet) if you want to see some good photography.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Added A Couple More Domain Names

I picked up www.managedfirewallservice.com and www.thefirewallguy.com .  It forwards to the White Rhino Security website. I may do something different with them in the future.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

White Rhino Security And Firewall Proficiency

I was asked over the weekend what firewalls we are proficient in at White Rhino Security. So I thought if they wanted to know, maybe some of you in my audience would want to know. Let me list the firewalls that we know very well, in no specific order:
1.  Palo Alto
2.  Check Point
3.  Cisco
4.  Sonicwall
5.  PFSense
6.  Baracuda
7.  Sophos
8.  Meraki
9.  Fortinet
10. Juniper
11.  WatchGuard

Monday, May 4, 2020

Home Projects: Poor Workmanship

I take pride in the work that I do. Its important to me to do a good job. So when I hire someone to do work for me, I expect the same.
Here in Santa Rosa Beach, it's hard to find good contractor help. I've been through so many plumbers that I decided to buy myself a PEX kit and do all my plumbing from now on. I'm in the process of redoing a guest bathroom, and I'm finding the same problem applies here also. I hired a guy to do the work and this has turned out the same way. He poured a concrete shower floor and when I tested the slope of the water towards the drain a few hours later, it didn't drain properly. The water just "ponded". So I tore out all of the concrete and found several other problems from his work. That's really frustrating.  He would have finished it all and some of the problems I would have never known about until it was a big problem. Others, like the water ponding, I would have noticed and it would have been a nightmare to undo. Thankfully I was able to tear out the concrete before it was completely cured. It wasn't easy, but not as hard as it could have been. Below in the picture, you can see the areas that I tested where water stood.

Needless to say, my wife and I will be doing this project ourselves.

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Home Projects: Window Boxes

My wife and I worked on some window boxes last night. She is wanting to plant some flowers and have them hang under the window. So, we built some out of some wood we were using for a fence I'm building. This first try did OK I think. I'll get it up on the window today.


Thursday, April 30, 2020

More On Firewalls

If you have a firewall that will not do updateable objects (dynamic objects), then you probably have a base level firewall.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Firewalls And Features

I have been talking a lot lately about which firewalls I recommend to people and which ones I don't. Really for the low budget customer. I keep hearing people talk about why they like this firewall or like that one. It seems like two things come back most of the time: budget friendly firewalls and easily managed firewalls.
But what about features of a firewall? It's imperative that you have a feature rich firewall protecting your company.  I think it's comparable to having a B B gun protecting your home. You feel free to do that. I'll go with the larger caliber myself. My point is that you have to select the appropriate firewall features for your company data. You can't just skimp and hope all goes well in the cyber world.
Do your company right and explore all the features a firewall has to offer before deciding which route to go.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Home Projects: An "On The Fly" Fence

My wife has an impressive vegetable garden growing on the side of our house. She has many different things growing, and we have picked a few vegetables out and included them in some very good dinners so far.
We have noticed in the past couple of days that something is getting into it though. Not eating anything, just stepping in it. We had some sorrano peppers getl completely ruined and another strawberry (not that strawberries are a vegetable) branch broken off. So, we decided to make a quick fence to keep whatever this is from getting in. We think it's a dog down the road. Either way, let's hope this deters it.


Friday, April 24, 2020

Happy Wedding Anniversary To My Wife - 27 Years Today

🌪

Thursday we had a tornado come through in the Florida Panhandle. I got an "imminent extreme alert" text on my phone telling me to take shelter. I went outside to take a look and my wife was coming in. The tornado, which had already touched down on the ground in Greyton, was literally going over my house. It was not on the ground at this time, but just over the trees. It was quite a site to see. Of all my time living in "tornado alley" (46 years in Alabama), I've never been that close to a tornado.



Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Paintings

Now I'm not one for art, at all. I've seen some Picasso's and Monet's in museums before in New York City and Kansas City, and I am glad I've seen them. But honestly, it's just not my thing.
However, my daughter does some pretty cool stuff on a canvas. I'm sure she gets it from her mom, and this below shows that she has some talent.




Monday, April 20, 2020

Home Projects: Who Says You Need A Plumber?

Down here in Santa Rosa Beach, FL, finding a good plumber is a joke. I've been through probably half a dozen already since I've lived here, and my experiences with them have generally been less than a one star. Yes, it's that bad.
So I took it upon myself to start doing my own plumbing. So I bought a PEX crimper and off to the hardware store to get supplies for a bathroom remodel I'm doing.
I don't know if your recall, but not long ago, I ended up cutting one of my lines to the shower (when tearing out the fiberglass shower combo). I've since ripped all of the copper so I could rerun water to where I need it to go.
Working with PEX is surprisingly easy. I did multiple runs, angles, and valves without one single leak. I was actually surprised on just how easy it is to work with.
Save yourself quite a bit of money and tackle that plumbing job yourself. You will feel good with yourself and the new skill you learned.




Saturday, April 18, 2020

Sunday Thought: It's All About Him

My wife came across this song, and I found I really like it. By Alan Jackson, It's All About Him

Thursday, April 16, 2020

New Tab Above Called "On The Road" Internet

I have a new tab above which takes you to a new website I launched. It's for the traveling man or woman who needs security when out in public or on a trip. If you use the Internet at the hotel, coffee shoppe, campground, etc, then take a look at the above new tab, or go direct here to www.ontheroadinternet.com .

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

PFSense vs Sonicwall

I set this box up for PFSense and it's working great.  I've noticed that PFSense has some great features to it and I've come to the conclusion that it's a better firewall than Sonicwall. It's certainly harder to manage that the Sonicwall, but the features are better on PFSense.

Monday, April 13, 2020

Weekend Water Concert

We have been very careful to stay home as much as possible during this "stay at home" restrictions in Florida. Some neighbors across the water decided to have a backyard concert for everyone who wanted to keep a safe social distance, but still enjoy some live music. Boats in the water and people out on their docks. That was nice.


Sunday, April 12, 2020

Happy Easter

Today we celebrate the empty tomb. Yeshua was crucified on Good Friday, and He overcame death on Sunday. It's interesting that some people still do not believe this event in history. Both people of faith and people who did not believe wrote about this event in ancient. Yet there has never been one single writing in history saying that the body of Yeshua was found.
I stand as a believer in that event in history. One day, we will all rise from the grave and be judged by the only God. I don't know what exactly that day will look like, but I suspect at least two things will happen.

1. It will be determined if we truly believed that Yeshua came down from Heaven, lived a perfect, sinless life on earth, and died during His crucifixion on the cross, taking the punishment for all mankind for all sins that had been committed, that were committed, and that will be committed. And that he rose up three days later and defeated death.
2. There will be two groups formed on that day. One group on the right and one on the left. One of those groups will be allowed to enter into Heaven. And the other group will be allowed to not live in Heaven.

Notice I say above that one group will be allowed to not go to Heaven. This is a choice that everyone makes here on this earth. To ignore what He did for us, in the form of unbelief, is a choice. To believe it, is also a choice. I ask you to look into the story of Yeshua. In fact, I plead with you. I ask you to look into a few things:
1. What the story actually is.
2. The prophecies that was written about this "Messiah" before he actually came. There are many of them, one even including the exact time when the Messiah would come (written hundreds of years before).
3. I would ask that you ponder one thing. My question to you would be this: Why did those people continue to believe, facing literal death during that time, for something that they knew was not right? There were over 500 witnesses that saw Him alive after He rose from the dead. Not one of them refuted what was being proclaimed at the time. Would you die for something you knew was not right? I wouldn't.

Everyone makes up there own mind. I have made mine up, and there is no way I'll ever deny what He did for us. At this point, there is no way I could deny it.

May you and yours be blessed. May He shine His face towards you, and bring you peace.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

New Domain Name Added

I added two new domain names for the White Rhino Security VPN Solution. It's called rv-vpn.com and rvvpn.com .  It's for corporate use a personal use. Security is for everyone, and my VPN Solution will keep your communications safe.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Palo Alto:Factory Reset On A PA-2050

I have an older PA-2050 that I'm going to use for a customer of mine (as a router), and I'm having to do a factory reset on it.  Below, you can see the output of what I had to do.  I simply reboot it, and during the 5 second window, type in "maint".

   Welcome to the PanOS Bootloader.

U-Boot 4.1.8.0-21 (Build time: Aug 27 2012 - 19:23:20)
BIST check passed.
KESTREL board revision major:2, minor:0, serial #: 0003C104442
OCTEON CN3120-CP pass 1.1, Core clock: 500 MHz, DDR clock: 265 MHz (530 Mhz data rate)
DRAM:  1024 MB
Clearing DRAM........ done
Using default environment

Flash: 64 MB
Net:   octeth0, octeth1, octeth2
 Bus 0 (CF Card): not available


USB:   (port 0) No USB devices found.



        Autoboot to default partition in 5 seconds.
        Enter 'maint' to boot to maint partition.

Entry: maint

Booting to maint mode.
...

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Beaches Closed (Supposedly) Due To Coronavirus

The coronavirus issue has really been a eye opening situation. We have learned a few things so far about this:
1. It is highly contagious
2. It can be fatal for older people, yet I have read of people in their 30's dying from this
3. If you have respiratory problems, like asthma, it can be fatal to you
4. It can live on some surfaces for up to two weeks, but can live on most all surfaces for some time
5. Until we get it, our bodies have no immunity to it.
6. You can have no symptoms of it for up to two weeks
7. Even with no symptoms, it's highly contegeous (so you can have it, and be spreading it without knowing it)

What has been interesting is the reaction to this, from local and state governments and also from individuals.
The local government where I live (Walton County, FL) has proved to care more about tourism than they do the well being of the general public. In the beginning, they simply refused to act on it, and even now, refuse to do really much about it that makes and sense. They have done some things, that really don't make any sense (although several weeks too late), but nothing to actually stop the spread of this virus. Same for the FL governor, nothing to stop the spread of this thing. Any action for not spreading the virus has been made by local business owner's decision to close thier places down. Don't get me wrong, I'm not for the government telling me what to do. But people's lives are at stake here, so I'm willing to do my part to help prevent the spread of this.
While restaurants and other business are suffering, they have offered pick up services and other things to try to make up for lost business. I certainly respect any efforts to stay afloat. Its certainly trying times for local business.
What also been interesting is the individual attitudes about this. I won't get into this, but it's very concerning to see the "lack of concern" for the greater good of all, to say the least.
My wife has shown me many videos of healthcare workers who post a few minutes worth of a video online, talking about having no supplies, ventilators, etc. Literally making life and death decisions for patients who won't be able to get a ventilator, because they are all taken. And putting their own lives at risk by working around all the sick people. Not to mention taking it home to their families. It's really a heart wrenching situation.
Another observation is that groceries have been a little harder to get. Meat in particular. Hoarding of food has taken place, when there is no reason for that. The supply has not gone down. It's just that panic has gone up.
So what do you do about all of this, where there is no cure for a virus that has spread across the whole world very quickly? I don't know the answer. I'm hoping that a cure is found quickly. I think about my own family. My mother and ask of ther older ones. And although in not elderly, I'm still old enough to be concerned about this. Italy and China are good examples of how this thing can go. That's not what I want for this country, or any country.
It's time to be praying for a solution.


Thursday, March 26, 2020

A Company Called JS Printing

Here recently, I needed some marketing materials for the White Rhino Security VPN Solution. I know the owner over at JS Printing in the Birmingham, AL area.  So I stopped by and started talking to him about what I needed and the vision I had.
After conveying my thoughts and working through to a final trifold idea, I have to say that I couldn't be happier with what I have in hand. In fact, I'm getting ready to do my second round of similar marketing ideas to hand over to JS Printing.
Honestly, I only market products and companies that I personally use our have personally tested. Remember Capsa, by Colasoft and how I posted about that product? Well I still use that product today.
Remember me talking about TKS and their Disaster Recovery solution? Well I still talk about that solution with all my customers.
So what all does JS Printing do? I'm sure I can't tell you everything they do, but I know they design marketing materials, print news papers, and any other company printing needs that someone might have. My company (White Rhino Security) has used JS Printing for my latest marketing printing needs, plus my business cards, my White Rhino T-shirt printing, and also my White Rhino polos. I'm sure they do quite a bit more than this.
If you are not in the Birmingham AL area, not to worry. They have customers all across the United States.  If you are looking for a printer, I highly recommend JS Printing. You can contact Richard Mitchell (the owner) at his direct number.

Richard Mitchell
Direct: 205-313-4644

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Home Projects: Guest Bathroom Tearout

This past weekend, I had intended on slowly starting to work on our guest bathroom remodel. Sadly, nothing went right from the get go.
First, while taking the not water cover off to get to the faucet, I ended up having water shooting out the faucet at full force. That was fun.
Second, when I was starting to saws-all the tub/shower (a fiberglass insert), I accidentally hit the hot water line feeding the faucet, opening up the copper. Ugh.

Now the last thing my wife and I wanted to do was to get out in public. We are trying to stay away from this coronavirus thing. But, we had to fix my mistakes, as we need water for cooking, showers, etc.
I'm not a plumber, but, I had to get this fixed. And here in the Florida panhandle, plumbers are terrible. So, if to Home Depot we went.
We ended up getting two shut off valves so that we could get our water turned back on. We used the "Sharkbite" technology, and it worked very well. I have heard many plumbers complain about Sharkbite, but I think it's because it putts their job at risk. Honestly, you just don't need a plumber because it's do easy to do. And it works. Would I put this inside my wall? Probably not. But outside the wall (like a shut off valve)? Yep, every time.

It's literally cut the pipe, clean the pipe, and push the fitting on. It's that simple.
By the time we were done we had all the demo done.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Monday, March 23, 2020

Garden Of The Gods, CO

Another good trip if you can make it while in Colorado. The Garden of the Gods.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Great Sand Dunes National Park

In Colorado, there is this National Park called Great Sand Dunes. Literally, in the middle of nowhere, there are these huge sand dunes. Definitely worth a visit if you can.


Check out the size of the people in the background. This will give you some perspective on how big those are.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Big Bend National Park

 Big Bend National Park is a VERY remote part of Texas, but worth the visit. I'm glad we stopped by. Below is the Rio Grande River. Left side is Mexico. Right side United States.



Monday, February 24, 2020

Training Flights For The Military

We see and hear a lot of military planes go by. These were interesting.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Are You Sure...

Are you sure, when you use public WiFi, that all your communications is safe? Email? Background apps that login? Etc. Be sure with the White Rhino Security VPN Solution.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Seagrove Beach

It's been a really nice off season down here in the panhandle this year. Each evening when we get the chance to go walk the beach for a sunset, you see a few faithful fishermen sitting in their chairs with their line out in the water.  Mostly older men and maybe some wives out there with them. Some by themselves. When you talk to some of these people, it's not really about fishing to them. It's just about being there.  
Whatever or wherever is your thing, just show up. And let the rest fall into place.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Sunday: 1/26/2020

What do you do on a Sunday when aren't feeling to well? You read 1 Thessalonians. It's a rainy day here, not that it matters. So what do you do while you try to get to feeling better and after a good read of the Bible?
You upgrade a Unity Connection server and while you are waiting on the image transfer, you upgrade firmware on a bunch of Brocade switches.
May you find favor with God in your faith in Jesus. May His face shine upon you, and bring you peace.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Quiet Saturday

Working throughout today upgrading Cisco CUCM Publisher and Subscribers (remotely) while also working on our fireplace. I can't say I'm much of a framer, but this will do.

And now the pic of the week.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Samsung Range Error Code C-31

I have this Samsung induction range that has recently had a problem.  The oven on it quit working after one night of high heat cooking.  We had the oven up to 450 degrees, and right close to the end of cooking the meal, it just died.  On the display, an error code of C-31 appears.
Well, after many calls to Samsung and a few service companies, no one can (or will) tell me what that C-31 means.  Its been frustrating, to say the least.  My wife found in a forum that the code C-31 means that the main circuit board needs to be replaced.  To be specific, the part number for this board is DE92-03960B.

By the way, below is my range.

The part that needs to be changed out is in the back of the range.  You take the back panel off, and the main board is the only thing back there.  Take a picture of all the connections to it, and then replace it.  The service center wanted $300 to come out and replace it, not including the price of the part.  It cost me $113 online.  I used samsungparts.com, which was terrible.  I wouldn't recommend them, but they were the cheapest.  I replaced the part and now the oven works again.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

White Rhino Security VPN Solution

If you are tired of being concerned about using public WiFi and are looking for a secure way to connect to the Internet, this is your sign. White Rhino Security is offering a secure VPN service for individuals and also for corporate environments. Click HERE to read more about our secure public access.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Palo Alto: How To Determine What Ports Are 10 Gig Ports On Palo Alto PA-850 Series

What ports are 10Gig on the Palos?  Good question.  You cant tell by just looking at them, so you either know what they are or you do what I do.  Go into CLI and run the following command:

PA850-1(active)> show system state | match capability

cfg.capability.dfa.sw: 0x0
cfg.capability.regex.sw: 0x0
peer.cfg.capability.dfa.sw: 0x0
peer.cfg.capability.regex.sw: 0x0
sys.s1.ha1.capability: [ auto, 10Mb/s-half, 10Mb/s-full, 100Mb/s-half, 100Mb/s-full, 1Gb/s-half, 1Gb/s-full, ]
sys.s1.p1.capability: [ auto, 10Mb/s-half, 10Mb/s-full, 100Mb/s-half, 100Mb/s-full, 1Gb/s-half, 1Gb/s-full, ]
sys.s1.p10.capability: [ auto, 10Gb/s-full, ]
sys.s1.p11.capability: [ auto, 10Gb/s-full, ]
sys.s1.p12.capability: [ auto, 10Gb/s-full, ]
sys.s1.p2.capability: [ auto, 10Mb/s-half, 10Mb/s-full, 100Mb/s-half, 100Mb/s-full, 1Gb/s-half, 1Gb/s-full, ]
sys.s1.p3.capability: [ auto, 10Mb/s-half, 10Mb/s-full, 100Mb/s-half, 100Mb/s-full, 1Gb/s-half, 1Gb/s-full, ]
sys.s1.p4.capability: [ auto, 10Mb/s-half, 10Mb/s-full, 100Mb/s-half, 100Mb/s-full, 1Gb/s-half, 1Gb/s-full, ]
sys.s1.p5.capability: [ auto, 1Gb/s-full, ]
sys.s1.p6.capability: [ auto, 1Gb/s-full, ]
sys.s1.p7.capability: [ auto, 1Gb/s-full, ]
sys.s1.p8.capability: [ auto, 1Gb/s-full, ]
sys.s1.p9.capability: [ auto, 10Gb/s-full, ]

It looks like ports 9 - 12 are my 10Gig ports on the PA-850.

Monday, January 6, 2020

More Palo Alto HA Cluster Installs

Palo Alto has a great firewall solution. It's one of two firewall vendors that I highly recommend to companies.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Saturday

After doing some work on some firewalls Saturday, my wife and I decided to get out for a bit and take a ride through the woods. It's nice to take some time outdoors. Below was actually taking a shortcut from a bridge that was out.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

2020

It's hard to believe it's already 2020. I remember the New Year's Eve of 1999 when we were sitting in our living room wondering if the power was going to go off when it turned over to the year 2000. Remember that software bug? Remember the scramble to get everything patched?
I hope 2020 is a good year for you and yours.