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4.0 out of 5 stars FreeBSD based Gateway/Firewall, 21 April 2012
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N. J. Holms (Wales ,UK) - See all my reviews
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Essentially all the information in this book may be got online from the pfSense.org site but if like me you like reading a proper book then it's all here, and very clearly laid out with good bold headings.
The edition supplied is dated October 2009 so a little out of date but you can always refer to the web site, I am in the process of deploying the embedded version using the FreeBSD methodology called "nanoBSD" where the whole operating system is loaded from a read only Compact Flash at boot into RAM and uses only virtual RAM disks in operation so avoiding wear to the card.
Can't really add more at present , I am trying to get to grips with the concepts of Virtual LAN's which the book seems to describe very well with actual configuration examples of currently available switches i.e. Netgear GS108T which luckily I had obtained a pair of in intending to upgrade my network to Gigabit before learning of pfSense.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best techicnical book read in 20 years., 10 July 2012
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Quite simply the best technical book I have read in 20 years. It goes through each step setting up complex tasks such as failover with CARP and setting up VPNs. It goes into every possibly option in detail, and includes comprehensive trouble shooting steps. This book made fixing a faulty failover setup a breeze. If you use pfsense, you should have this book. We have this book in the office, but I had to buy myself another copy for home. It is aimed towards the lay admin - you dont have to be a networking or firewall guru to use it. I learnt a lot about networking concepts in general from this book too (eg about bridging loops & outbound NAT).
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5.0 out of 5 stars pfsense firewall, 21 Sep 2010
This review is from: pfSense: The Definitive Guide (Paperback)
this book answers all the questions about howto setup a HDD firewall.

An excellent product

len middelton
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5.0 out of 5 stars exceptionally useful and thorough book, 15 Sep 2010
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This is an exceptionally useful and thorough book and I don't believe I would have had the confidence to use pfSense without it.

NB If you look on the US Amazon site (substitute .com for .co.uk in the address bar, leaving the rest unchanged) you'll find a lot more reviews (18 at the time of writing), almost all with 5-star ratings, and there is nothing helpful I can add to these.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive guide !, 31 Jan 2010
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If you use or plan to use pfSense, THIS IS the manual you've been looking for. It's also a way to return some money to the guys that made such a big effort to create pfSense.
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