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From "Peter Ondruška" <peter.ondru...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Off topic? Small business firewall candidates
Date Sun, 28 Dec 2008 23:46:06 GMT
:-) I must say you will hear lot of advises to go UNIX or Linux or
whatever different from Windows :-) I have heard there is something
like iptables for Windows, google-around this topic.

On Mon, Dec 29, 2008 at 00:37, Damian Carey <jamianb@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> Sorry if this is too off topic - but I need advice. Any direction
> would be useful.
> What is a good (what ever that means) - reliable - ZERO MAINTENANCE
> firewall for small business PCs that allows me to open individual
> ports to the local LAN?
> We are soon to deploy our distributed Java Desktop app out to
> customers. Typical customers will run from 1 to perhaps 10 PCs, all
> working off the same database.  These businesses are very "industrial"
> (think "Auto Mechanic") - so forget what they SHOULD do - they just
> plug in new PCs and get going - and they will not change their ways.
> Generally the PCs are pretty infected - but that is their problem. At
> our trial customers our DBs and apps work brilliantly despite any
> issues.
> What I'm looking for is candidates for firewalls for our server.
> Essentially we just want to open ports 1527 (Derby) and 1099 (RMI) to
> the LAN (say thru Also - this needs to be
> set-and-forget - there is no IT support in these small organisations.
> I love my ESET NOD32 Anti-virus and firewall at home - and I have
> never had a problem in years, but unfortunately I can't just set it to
> "Automatic Mode" and then open some ports - I must go to "Policy" or
> "Interactive" Mode to open those ports - and that is completley
> unacceptable for our customers.
> I always struggle with Norton - it is not transparent (to me) about
> what it is doing or what it is blocking or why or how to unblock
> something.  It gives me nightmares and I will never recommend it to a
> customer.  Norton and McAfee (aka "more coffee") seem to focus on
> getting customer subscriptions renewals - not at helping my technical
> challenges.
> Any advice, suggestions, recommendation is welcome - even from Norton
> and McAfee fans!
> Many thanks,
> -Damian

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