ISA Firewall VS. Linux

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  1. Renz

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    what do you guys think would be better for a organization with 50 computers handling delicate information on clients.

    what are the pro's and con's for each. or what would be better than either one of them.

    i was told today that linux would be to cost consuming and time consuming compared to the isa and that isa could do the same if not better than a linux firewall. also that isa is more user friendly since it is microsoft based.

    what do you all think.....

    thanks for any input on this....
     
  2. Mikel

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    I think you should get a PIX. :big grin:
     
  3. Rob

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    Wow ISA firewall only cost $1,200.

    You could spend alot of time working on Linux before the Microsoft product becomes cheaper.


    If I was working with sensitive data I would probably go with some type of hardware solution. Cisco, netopia etc.

    If you want to roll it yourself look at OpenBSD, it is known for it's security. But remember that it is only secure as it has been configured.
     
  4. Mikel

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    About the same price as a PIX 506. :bigthumb:
     
  5. Dommi

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    pay a pro to set it up for you
    amateur firewall admins are as good as no firewall admin
    :eek:
     
  6. z y i r o

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    best quote of the fawking month or better yet year
     
  7. DatacomGuy

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    :uh: Linux is free/open-source?? Doesn't get any cheaper then that.

    Also, go to google, and search for 'linux support'.

    Do the same for 'free microsoft support' and see what you find. ;)

    Linux should be your choice. As Infinitely secure as you allow it. It's free, support is ALLLLLLL over the place. Kind of hard to ignore that.

    Plus ISA is buggy. :ugh:
     
  8. Dommi

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    Dont you need ad to run isa?
     
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    Yes, AD is required.
     
  10. Renz

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    thanks for all the input...

    here is the deal.. from what this guy came and told us (he's a professional).

    he said that since we were already getting isa in our copy (program) of back office. that we wouldnt have to go out and spend anymore money and buy it. that it was already there for the using and the learning curve isnt as steep as it is for linux.
    he also said that it would actually be less of an expense since we wouldnt have to go out and get another machine to run it off of like we would have to with linux.
    what do you guys think?
     
  11. Dommi

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    there is no difference in the learning curve for any firewall program
    bottom line
    if you dont understand the flaws of tcp and ip then you cannot configure a firewall with full faith and confidence.
     
  12. Rob

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    Sounds like a microsoft salesman.
     
  13. Dommi

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    microsoft salesmen :rl:
     
  14. DatacomGuy

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    Agreed.

    Hmm. a $1200 piece of software and a machine to put it on.. You can't put ISA on a domain controller.. or DHCP server.. or ANYTHING for that matter. ISA needs to be on it's on server within the DMZ.

    OR..

    .. a 486 or P1/P2 machine that you can get on eBay for $40 shipped, plus 2 NIC's ($20) and a free OS.

    Hmmmmmmmmmm. Wonder which one is more cost effective.

    And as Dommi said. You need to understand the basics and ins-&-outs of TCP and IP before you can configure a firewall.. Once you understand that, then Linux is PNP. Microsoft is going to take you a while, and let's not forget plenty of downtime.

    And you want to learn Linux? B&N has Linux books for under $10. Go pick one up. :big grin:
     

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