Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Updataing blacklist in pfSense from urlblacklist.com

This is a modified procedure to use a local file instead of the blacklist from urlblacklist.com.  This is a modified procedure for Squidguard.  It should be able to go to the website directly and download then update.

From my experience lately either the download doesn't finish, or if it does finish. it doesn't use the full size.  So this modified procedure will use Firefox to download, transfer to a Linux Web server, then let it pull from a local source

  1. Download the file bigblacklist.tar.gz from http://urlblacklist.com/cgi-bin/commercialdownload.pl?type=download&file=bigblacklist 
  2. Use WinSCP to copy to Linux box with web server
  3. Log into Linux box and copy bigblacklist.tar.gz to /var/www
  4. Go to pfSense box and login
  5. Services -> Proxy Filter, find the field blacklist URL, enter http://ipaddress/bigblacklist.tar.gz
  6. Go to the Tab 'Blacklist' click [download]
  7. Wait until complete

Monday, January 6, 2014

Syncing this Blog with other media sources

In order to get more exposure of this blog, I decided to publish this blog automatically onto other sources like Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin.  So far I just started with Facebook and hopefully this set of directions will work:


Update 2014.01.13:  added the ability to publish to twitter using twitterfeed.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Windows 8 / 2012 on ESXi 4.0 / 4.1 hosts

OK, so others have documented on how to enable using Windows 8 and Server 2012 with an ESXi 4.0 / 4.1 host.  I am not going to recreate the procedure, but here are links to some:


What I was curious about was where this bios.440.rom file came from and is it safe.  From the first reference from the VMware communities it came from a vmware employee.  Did some more searching and found these two sites that detailed building / modifying BIOS-es


While it was detailed, and looked like it used some files that were coming from questionable sources, the original toolkit was sound


So I concluded to accept the file and not research further.