Author Topic: HOWTO use Guarddog Firewall for basic office networking - VL SOHO 5.1 - KDE  (Read 6284 times)


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HOWTO install and configure Guarddog firewall for basic office networking and Internet access in VL SOHO 5.1 with KDE.

Assumed network setup: You have a DSL or Cable modem, plugged in to a router/Internet access point, which in turn is connected to a networking switch or hub. Your computers are plugged in to the switch/hub (very often the router/access point/switch is combined into one unit). Your setup uses Network Address Translation (NAT) with local IP's in the 192.168.1.X range.

First, disable the default firewall:
Click "Start" (the blue "V" in lower left hand corner of screen).
Next, click "System", then "Vector System Configurator (VASM)"
When in VASM:
Double-click "Super"
  You will be asked to supply the root (administrator) password
double-click "NETWORK", then "FIREWALL", then "DISABLE"
back out of VASM by clicking "Cancel" until it's gone.
reboot computer

Install Guarddog:
Click "Start", then "System", then "Gslapt"
  At this point you will need to supply the root password.
When in Gslapt:
in the search field, type "guarddog" (without the quotes)
click "Search" button
  guarddog will show up below the search field
click the square to the left of the Guarddog entry
click "Install"
click "Execute" button (top row)
  When it's done, click "OK" and then exit Gslapt

To configure Guarddog for Internet access:
Click Start > System > Guarddog
  you will be asked for root password

Click the "Zone" tab on top
Click the "New Zone" button
In name field, type "LAN"
In the comment field, type "Local Area Network"
Click "New Address" button.
In the "Address" field, type ""
In the box on right (connection), check the boxes for "Internet" and "Local"
Click "Apply" > "Continue" > "OK"

Click the "Protocol" tab
In upper left area, under "Defined Network Zones", click to highlight "Internet"
In right area, for "Local" and "LAN", check the boxes for:
File Transfer > FTP, HTTP and HTTPS
Network > DNS
Mail > (all)
Repeat above procedure for "Local" and "LAN" in "Defined Network Zones"
Click "Apply" > "Continue" > "OK"
Internet should now be accessible.

To open up for Windows File Sharing and Browsing:
Protocol Tab, LAN zone:
Check boxes in both columns for:
Network > "Microsoft SMB over TCP"
Network > "Windows Networking (NETBIOS)"
Do the same for Protocol Tab, Local zone
Click "Apply" > "Continue" > "OK"
You should now be able to browse your network.

By clicking around in the options you will find other entries where you can open up holes for additional services like Instant Messaging, CDDB, NTP and more. Under the "Advanced" tab you can specify custom ports. Poke around and experiment. Have fun and stay safe.
« Last Edit: August 13, 2006, 11:43:41 am by nightflier »