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June 2014 Hang Out - Firewalls and Virtualization

Our June 2014 hang out is Friday, June 27 at 13:00 US Central time. This month’s topic is firewalls and virtualization. This is an exclusive benefit for our Gold subscribers. Subscribers will find the meeting link after logging in to the members section. If you’re not yet a subscriber, sign up now and you’ll get immediate access. If you can’t make the live event, the video and audio recording and slides are available for members to download within a few hours of the session’s completion.

As companies and individuals have virtualized their server infrastructures, they have also looked to virtualize their firewalls. This brings many questions to mind. Is it a good idea? Is it secure? How does it work? What are my options for configuration? Can I get adequate performance?

pfSense Co-founder Chris Buechler will answer all these questions and more during June’s hang out.

Attendees will come away with the knowledge of where virtualized firewalls may be a good fit, where they’re probably a bad idea, the potential security implications, knowledge of the various network configuration options available in hypervisors, options for handling high availability, and more. Both desktop-class and server-class products will be covered, including bhyve, Hyper-V, KVM, Parallels, VirtualBox, VMware (Workstation, Player, Fusion and ESX/ESXi), and Xen.

Usage areas covered will include production systems, test and development environments, and fun but ugly hacks that can work temporarily if you’re in a bind.

Here is a preview of the hangout: