Proventia GX4004 firewall: teardown and OpenBSD install

Firewalls aren’t as special as they’re made out to be in the business sphere. Sometimes salesmen will try to convince you otherwise, claiming their network appliances use application specific hardware, but teardowns often disappoint. This teardown of the IBM Proventia GX4004 is no different, as the firewall appliance turns out to be a very ordinary

Run an outdated cluster with diskless OpenBSD and cute little green boxes (part 3)

In the previous part, we set up DHCP, TFTP and RARP servers and successfully booted the OpenBSD ramdisk install kernel on old Soekris hardware over the network from a repurposed Cisco IDS. In the last part of this series, we will add NFS shares to the mix and install OpenBSD to them, making our PXE

Run an outdated cluster with diskless OpenBSD and cute little green boxes

Run an outdated cluster with diskless OpenBSD and cute little green boxes

Does anyone remember Soekris Engineering, the company that made network hardware and somehow also audiophile equipment? The first part of the company has unfortunately closed down in April 2017, while the latter still persists today. However, we won’t be focusing on high-fidelity audio in this guide, but rather on squeezing the last bits of life

Revive a Cisco IDS into a capable OpenBSD computer!

Revive a Cisco IDS into a capable OpenBSD computer!

Even though Cisco equipment is very capable, it tends to become End-of-Life before you can say “planned obsolescence”. Websites become bigger, bandwidths increase, and as a side effect of those “improvements”, routers, firewalls, and in this case, intrusion prevention systems get old quicker and quicker. Apparently, this was also the case for the Cisco IDS-4215