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The Metavize EdgeGuard Gateway Security appliance is an attractive 1U-sized component you can add to your network to provide everything from virus and spyware control to Web content filtering.
You can administer the EdgeGuard gateway directly (by attaching a mouse, keyboard and monitor) or by connecting it via an Ethernet cable. The LAN-side network connects using the blue Internal Ethernet port; the WAN-side connection is completed using the red Ethernet port.
Upon connecting to the Metavize EdgeGuard appliance youu00e2u20acu2122ll be greeted with a screen essentially offering a single option: Launch EdgeGuard Client. The only other option is to install Java 1.5 (which is used to power the EdgeGuard client).
After clicking on the Launch EdgeGuard Client, administrators are asked whether they wish to Trust the application (authenticated by Thawte). This screenshot was captured when launching the client using Mac OS X.
Once you execute the EdgeGuard client utility, the program presents the Metavize EdgeGuard Setup Wizard. This wizard is used to set up and configure the security gateway.
Clicking Next Page reveals the License Agreement. Review the agreement, by scrolling to the bottom and accepting the agreement, then click Next.
mv5.jpgEnter contact information and specify the number of systems covered and click Next.
Enter the activation key to proceed. Metavize provides the 16-digit code to its customers. Without the code, you cannot activate the security gateway.
The Metavize EdgeGuard Setup Wizard next requires that you specify a password for the admin account. The password is required to access the administrator account and make changes to the security appliance after setup is complete. Also, the wizard requires that you specify the timezone (which the device requires to generate accurate traffic and system reports).
In its sixth step, the wizard requires that you specify a hostname and external TCP/IP network information for the EdgeGuard device. Enter the appropriate information and click Next Page.
mv9.jpgThe Metavize EdgeGuard Setup Wizard offers a Connectivity Test, which checks the network settings provided in the last step to ensure the device possesses proper DNS configuration. Should the test fail, double-check your network connections (or confirm the applianceu00e2u20acu2122s Ethernet ports are properly connected).
Hereu00e2u20acu2122s the Metavize Connectivity Check in action. The check tests TCP/IP configuration to ensure DNS settings are properly configured.
When the test completes, the Connectivity Check displays a success message confirming DNS and TCP configurations are properly set.
The setup wizardu00e2u20acu2122s next step covers routing. You can choose to either configure the security gateway as a router or a transparent bridge. Setting the EdgeGuard to Router prompts the device to enable NAT; configuring the device as a Transparent Bridge disables the gatewayu00e2u20acu2122s NAT feature.
The wizardu00e2u20acu2122s ninth step, configuring e-mail information, is optional. Administrators will likely wish to enter their e-mail address information here, as the EdgeGuard appliance can send reports and other alerts directly to the administrator.
Click Next Page and the wizard will complete. The next screen administrators will see is the EdgeGuardu00e2u20acu2122s default menu. Note the Upgrade button on the bottom left; users should choose to upgrade the device before continuing to ensure the EdgeGuard is operating with the latest patches and updates.
After clicking Upgrade, the device will begin downloading updates, as shown here.
Once upgrades are applied, you can load the software modules your organization wishes to deploy. Numerous options are available: SpamGuard, PhishNet, Spyware Blocker, Web Content Control, Clam AntiVirus, Hauri AntiVirus Scanner, Intrusion Prevention, Rogue Protocol Control, Firewall, Router, OpenVPN, Attack Shield and EdgeReport. A special Total Security Bundle package is available that offers subscribing to some of the most popular modules at a discount.
To purchase and load a new application, click on the application within the left side menu (beneath the Store tab). Once an application is selected, it will begin loading (and its download progress will be displayed, as shown here).
Once applications are loaded, theyu00e2u20acu2122ll appear within the main menu when you select the Toolbox tab. Click an applicationu00e2u20acu2122s Power button to turn it on.
Once an applicationu00e2u20acu2122s enabled, itu00e2u20acu2122ll begin operation. Here the SpamGuard moduleu00e2u20acu2122s been enabled (hence the directions to enable it by pressing the Power Button are grayed out).
Click an applicationu00e2u20acu2122s Show Settings button to display additional information for that application. Here you can see the Clam AntiVirus Scanner is configured to scan inbound HTTP files. Additional tabs (Email, File Transfer, General Settings and Event Log) offer additional even more configuration options.
Here the Router applicationu00e2u20acu2122s NAT settings are displayed. In addition to being able to configure NAT settings, the Router application also offers DMZ, Redirect, DHCP, DNS and other services and features.
EdgeGuardu00e2u20acu2122s Intrusion Detection module monitors and protects against network intrusions. Rule and Variable lists can be custom-tailored to meet your organizationu00e2u20acu2122s specific requirements. An event log is also available for tracking system events. The EdgeGuardu00e2u20acu2122s other applications offer similar custom configurations. Better yet, Metavize offers free 30-day trials for most every module, meaning you can test modules in your organization before committing to using them long-term.