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pfSense 2.0 is out!

UPDATE: It took a little longer than expected, but pfSense 2.0-RELEASE is finally available for download.

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Budget Laboratory: Part 2 - iSCSI Virtual SAN with FreeNAS 8

Storage Area Networks (SANs) are used in most Enterprise class networks, you'll also find them at a lot of small and medium businesses. A lot of systems rely on SANs to provide high availability features. A SAN is great to have for setting up shared storage for any type of cluster. Fiber used to be dominant for SAN connectivity. You'd need Fiber Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) in every server you wanted attached to your SAN, and a Fiber switch to connect everything. Then came iSCSI, which works with much cheaper Network Interface Cards (NICs), and can use regular network switches, as well us much cheaper copper cables. At first iSCSI wasn't as fast as Fiber, topping out at gigabit speeds, so if speed was important, you'd stick with Fiber.

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Budget Laboratory: Part 1 - Multi-WAN Load Balancing with pfSense on VMWare Workstation

Wait a minute, I thought this was an "Exchange blog", why is your first article about networking with pfSense?!

Well, in order to create high quality Exchange related content for this site, I've been building a lab. There has been some interest in how I've setup my lab, so I thought I'd show you. What better way to help people learn Exchange than by showing them how to create a powerful lab environment to run it in? Besides, having a good understanding of boundary systems is very useful when troubleshooting mail flow issues.

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