Friday, April 29, 2011

Firewall Builder Webinar

We will be hosting a tutorial webinar next Thursday (May 5) at 8:30am PDT / 11:30am EDT.

The first part of the webinar will be a general overview of Firewall Builder and key concepts and the second part will be responding to user questions. So if you have a complex configuration or just have always wondered how to do something in Firewall Builder register to attend the webinar:

We look forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Firewall Builder V4.2 Released!

NetCitadel is happy to announce the release of Firewall Builder V4.2. There are a lot of exciting new features in V4.2, here's a quick sampling:
  • Import of Cisco ASA/PIX/FWSM configurations. It's now easier than ever to get started using Firewall Builder to manage your Cisco firewalls.
  • De-duplication of objects during import. Firewall Builder checks to see if the objects you are importing match objects that are already in the database. This works for importing of all supported platforms.
  • Configuration generation for the latest Cisco ASA software versions (Cisco ASA v8.4).
  • Advanced system configuration, including bridge interfaces and static routing, for BSD-based firewalls.
  • Much more...
You can find the full release notes on our website.

Stay tuned for information about the new features we have planned for the next release of Firewall Builder. If you have large numbers of firewalls to manage we think you'll be excited about what we have planned...

Monday, April 18, 2011

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Linux Journal - Configuring Linux HA firewall pairs

The May 2011 issue of the Linux Journal magazine, which is now available in print edition, includes an article I wrote about how to use Firewall Builder to configure a High Availability pair of Linux iptables firewalls.

The article includes step-by-step instructions on how to setup automatic failover and connection state synchronization. Linux Journal makes the issues available online after two months so if you can't wait that long you can buy it online or at your favorite newsstand.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Firewall Builder V4.2 Beta Release Now Available

We are happy to share that we are getting ready to officially release Firewall Builder V4.2 in the next couple of weeks. This release includes enhancements for all supported platforms with a particular emphasis on BSD PF and Cisco ASA & PIX firewalls.

Some of the exciting new features available in V4.2 include:
  • Import of Cisco ASA and PIX configurations. Now you can quickly and easily add existing Cisco firewalls to your Firewall Builder data file.
  • Support for Cisco ASA v8.3 configuration generation including support for the new nat() command syntax.
  • Bridge interfaces, static routes and rc.conf style configurations for BSD PF firewalls.
  • Enhanced import wizard for all platforms including object de-duplication and automatic platform and version detection.
You can find a detailed listing of new features on our website:

The latest V4.2 pre-release software, currently V4.2.0.3523, is available on website:

We have tested V4.2 extensively, but if you do discover an issue that you believe might be a bug please open a ticket on SourceForge in the V4 tickets:

SourceForge Tickets

If you have a chance to try Firewall Builder V4.2 please let us know what you think. Thanks for your support!