On Mon, 30 Jun 1997, Michael Cunningham wrote:
> > I'm in the middle of implementing Internet connectivity for the company, this comprises of a
> CISCO 2500 series router, a DMZ containing a host for SMTP / DNS [+ potentially FTP & HTTP],
> and a CISCO PIX firewall. My question is what O/S & H/W to implement the
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> IMHO, there are several good version of unix that run on Intel arch. BSDI
> is and execllent choice. (we all know the networking code is good:)
> Solaris x86 is also very good as well. Both are quite robust operating
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I would second this.....but in a way that seeks to get the job done. We
were long time a NT only house, but 8 months ago, began to look at other
solutions (we are a software developer). Today, we employ Linux, Solaris
for Intel and NT. If I had my way, I'd run everything on Linux, but some
of the SW we run is Solaris only or NT only or Solaris & NT, but not Linux.
To arguement your managers better, I would give you this advice:
It's a mix match (what we have ourselves), and some would say it's more
ineffecient to have multiple systems, but our experience has already
shown us, that when we opened ourselves to more platforms, our own company
growth has tripled, because customers have different needs, and ours may
not be thiers.
As far as what I would suggest for a firewall, I would definately say use
some form of Unix, but don't stop there. Educate yourself on Unix....get
to know it like the back of your hand (even if you stick your FW on NT, you
should do this about NT). Get to understand tcp/ip routing & protocols.
Read all the doc's you can get your hands on. Ask reasonable questions
on here (don't be afriad to ask....just think out your questions first).
Remember, Ignorance is no excuse. No cracker out there is gonna say
"hey, this guy just didn't know better, so lets leave him alone".
This is one game where your homework REALLY COUNTS.
Kevin McPeake cowboy @
Internet Consultant http://cowboy.byelex.nl/
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