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StrataGuard Free

In the next few days, I’m going to try out StrataGuard Free, a freeware version of StrataGuard, a Snort-based IDS/IPS. StillSecure is making StrataGuard Free available as a VMware image for easy testing.

StrataGuard Free is rate-limited, meaning it only handles traffic streams up to 5Mbps. Of course, that is more than sufficient for small businesses and home offices, and it’s a great way to become more familiar with the commercial product (StrataGuard)—which, of course, is not rate-limited and offers more features (such as automated rule updates).

I’m going to be trying out the VMware appliance on ESX Server in my test lab; hopefully, I won’t run into any hardware issues. (Remember that my test of FreeNAS, which was also packaged as a VMware image, did not work on ESX Server due to a SCSI adapter issue.) As soon as I get it up and working (or don’t), I’ll post more information here.

Thanks to DABCC for alerting me to the release of StrataGuard Free as a VMware image.

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