Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Fortigate 60C Update 4.0 MR2 P2

After running the FortiWifi 60C with 4.0 MR2 Patch 2 for some time it appears there are still a number of bugs which need to be ironed out.
  • Netflix becomes unreachable at random intervals
  • Shoutcast streaming radio stations on a Sonos audio system become unreachable
Replacing the 60C with my trusty FortiWifi 50B resolved the problem.

So while there is now a 4.0 MR2 release for the 60C I would still hold off as it seems there are problems with the platform itself.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

uFlow Director - Like it on Facebook and win an iPod Shuffle

Ok, not strictly Fortinet related but worth a mention. And read on to find out how to win an iPod shuffle.

The folks at Kera Networks (i.e. me :) have developed a cool appliance/VM solution which helps you distribute UDP data across multiple devices. How is this useful you say? Glad you asked.

Assume a hypothetical scenario like this:
  • You have a large number of firewalls/routers/other devices which send syslog, netflow and other UDP data
  • You want to slice and dice your data using various tools such as FortiAnalyzer, a SIEM solution or a Netflow Analysis tool for example
  • You can locate most or all of your tools in a central location
  • You pay money for bandwidth :)
uFlow Director addresses some of the shortcomings of the sending devices:
  • If you want a firewall to send UDP data such as syslog to multiple devices over a WAN you have to send the data multiple times, thus paying multiple times for pushing the same data across the WAN
  • Some devices can only be configured to send to a single destination
All you need to do is configure your devices to send their traffic to the uFlow Director appliance and it will make copies of the UDP flows and forward them to the correct receivers. It comes with a super simple web-based user interface to configure the UDP distribution rules.

Of course it's not limited to syslog and netflow. It will distribute any kind of UDP traffic you throw at it.

And now for the juicy bit. Visit our website www.keranetworks.com and like our Facebook page. In November we will randomly choose one of our Facebook fans to win an iPod shuffle. We'll even throw in a free copy of iTunes :)

(Hint, hint: We'll also be running a promotion at the end of the year where you can receive a free iPad with purchase of a uFlow Director appliance)

Happy liking.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Fortigate Virtual Appliances

Here is some more information from Network World on the virtual appliances Fortinet is releasing.

  • FortiGate
  • FortiManager
  • FortiAnalyzer
  • FortiMail

Monday, October 11, 2010

FortiGate Virtual Machine

Interesting news coming from Fortinet about the release of a VMWare Image of FortiOS. Take a look at this PDF document.


Saturday, October 9, 2010

Software Updates

  • 4.0 MR2 Patch, Build 291 for Fortigate 60C and FortiWifi 60C