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Making a Smoothwall Advanced Firewall VPN connection

When I try to make an L2TP Road Warrior connection from a laptop connected to the Internet via a Vodafone 3G connection the Smoothwall server gets as far as saying “ISAKMP SA established” but then fails with “Cannot respond to IPSEC SA request because no connection is known from [Smoothwall RED IP address]”.

The 3G connection is a NAT’ed connection and I wonder if this is a problem. Though NAT traversal should prevent any problems.

I tried connecting through a PC connected directly to the internet through the same ADSL modem that the Smoothwall box is connected to and it works, giving the message “IPsec SA established”. But I don’t know if this proves that it is a Vodafone issue, or a NAT issue or what.

Smoothwall on VMWare ESXi

Installing Smoothwall (Express or Advanced Firewall) is a doddle with VSphere. There are only two things that I needed to change in the profile.
1. Remove the SCSI disk and add a new disk and select IDE, as Smoothwall won’t find the SCSI disk.
2. Remove the network adapters and new ones with an adapter type of E1000.

Shades of blue

Spent ages trying to side the best colour of blue to use as hyperlinks on the intranet. Light blue? Dark blue? Currently settled on #0063DC as used by Flickr. Looks great on Flickr, but now I’m thinking its a bit bright on the intranet.

I am obsessed with website colour. This can’t be healthy.

Microsoft DirectAccess

My consultant worked for 9 days to implement Microsoft DirectAccess and at the end of this he walked away having failed.

It works with UAG, but he can’t get it working without UAG. And I have no desire to pay thousands of pounds to purchase UAG.

Now working on Plan B, a Smoothwall VPN solution.