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12 Dec 2007
One Giant Leap: Cool Solutions gets some New Digs (tip)
Eleven years after launching the first Cool Solutions site, we have just taken a major step forward. We have some new digs - a full-on community site with all the Web 2.0 bells and whistles. Check it out!

28 Nov 2007
Finding BorderManager Licenses After an Upgrade (tip)
This tip from Craig Johnson explains how to improve the way your BorderManager installation locates and displays its licenses.

17 Oct 2007
BorderManager Migration Tips (tip)
Craig Johnson shares a few handy tips for migrating BorderManager from version 3.8 to 3.9.

3 Oct 2007
Bypassing Authentication for Remote Users in BorderManager (tip)
This tip from Craig Johnson explains ways you can bypass authentication for remote users in BorderManager, connecting directly to target sites.

26 Sep 2007
Blocking Sub-Domain Access in BorderManager (tip)
Craig Johnson shares some advice about blocking access to sub-domains, using access rules and wildcards.

19 Sep 2007
Upgrading from BorderManager 3.6 (tip)
If you're planning to upgrade your BorderManager from version 3.6, this tip from Craig Johnson will clear up a few issues.

21 Aug 2007
Success Story: Johnson Matthey, GroupWise, and BorderManager (feature)
Learn how Johnson Matthey, a leader in advanced materials technology, provided secure and reliable access to intranets, extranets, and the Internet with a solution including Novell GroupWise and Novell BorderManager.

3 Aug 2007
Setting Up XNTPD Time on NetWare 6.5 SP5 Servers (feature)
Chris Premo explains how to configure your NetWare 6.5 SP5 servers to use XNTPD Time.

25 Jul 2007
BorderManager Filters Database 2.4 (tool)
Monitor changes in BorderManager filters file.

27 Jun 2007
Finding Missing NBM Filters after Upgrades (tip)
Craig Johnson explains what to do when you lose BorderManager filters after an upgrade to NetWare or NBM.

20 Jun 2007
Locating Proxy Servers with BorderManager Logs (tip)
Daniel Griswold shares his strategies for locating problem proxy servers, using BorderManager logs.

20 Jun 2007
Blocking Proxy Web Sites that Bypass Filters (tip)
David Pickett shares a few tips and a list for blocking those sneaky proxy sites that are bypassing your filters.

16 Jun 2007
RTMonitor 5.0.3 (tool)
Monitor BorderManager User Activity in real time.

13 Jun 2007
Workaround for Installing NBM 3.9 (tip)
If you've experienced problems with the BorderManager 3.9 upgrade installation, these pointers from Chris Mosentine should make things a bit easier.

6 Jun 2007
Blocking Proxy Server Sites with NBM (tip)
Tired of adding proxies to block lists to keep up with crafty students? This tip from Rod Urquhart shows how to deny about 90% of proxy server sites at once.

6 Jun 2007
Dual Server Configuration Tip for BorderManager (tip)
This tip from James Gosling helps you get dual NBM servers running, each working independently as a fully functional proxy server.

5 Jun 2007
Trapper 4.0.0 (tool)
Controller/analyzer of HTTP traffic for users of Novell BorderManager.

22 May 2007
BMgrSaver v2.1. (tool)
Fulfills backup and restore of BorderManager Access Rules of the BorderManager server.

16 May 2007
Blocking Google Searches via NBM Proxies (tip)
Daniel Griswold helps us stay one step ahead of those crafty students looking to bypass blocking filters ...

11 Apr 2007
New from Download.Novell.Com (feature)
Here's the info on new Novell product components you can download fron, including the JMS driver for Identity Manager, the IDM Provisioning Module, and the BorderManager 3.8 Eval version.

4 Apr 2007
Load Balancing and Performance with BorderManager (tip)
Craig Johnson explains some basic concepts about load balancing and increasing performance with BorderManager systems.

30 Mar 2007
BMrules (tool)
View and save the outgoing rules of BorderManager.

28 Mar 2007
Backing Up Third-Party Rules (tip)
Here's a tip that helps you save third-party rules in BorderManager, courtesy of Craig Johnson.

21 Mar 2007
Dealing with Changing Public IP Addresses in BorderManager (tip)
Switching to new public IP addresses can be a pain ... Caterina Luppi shares a few insights to get BorderManager to handle them well.

14 Mar 2007
Troubleshooting Audit Logs (tip)
BorderManager expert Craig Johnson shares some helpful troubleshooting tips for CSAUDIT and Audit Logs.

7 Mar 2007
Placing a Web Server in an NBM DMZ (tip)
Caterina Luppi has a simple tip for setting up a Web server in a BorderManager DMZ.

7 Feb 2007
Configuring Login Scripts for Selected Users (tip)
Stephen Wicklund explains how to run portions of your login script so you can exclude VPN users, or users from a users from a specific network or address.

30 Jan 2007
Traffic Tool (tool)
Migrate the Traffic rules from BM 3.8 to Later Versions.

20 Dec 2006
Solving Error -614 in ConsoleOne / BorderManager (tip)
Here's a procedure from Mark Mathieson that helps you get past an error when configuring BorderManager 3.8 in ConsoleOne.

6 Dec 2006
Update on Novell BorderManager and Novell Security Manager by Astaro (feature)
Here's the latest info on the future of BorderManager and Security Manager, and how they fit with the new Novell Access Manager.

6 Dec 2006
Troubleshooting License Errors on NBM (tip)
BorderManager expert Craig Johnson explains how to delay BorderManager startup just enough to let licensing services fully initialize.

1 Dec 2006
Special Holiday Drawing Winner! (feature)
Congratulations to Gary Childers - the lucky winner of the iPod nano RED special edition!

8 Nov 2006
Setting Up an IPSec VPN Tunnel between Nortel and an NBM 3.8.4 Server (appnote)
In this AppNote, Chendil Kumar explains how to connect Nortel and NBM servers with an IPSec VPN tunnel.

8 Nov 2006
Playing Around with XBOX (and BorderManager) (tip)
Robert Mahar shares a comprehensive approach for getting XBOX Live working smoothly with Novell BorderManager.

1 Nov 2006
Novell & Microsoft: What Do You Think? (tip)
Learn more about the landmark announcement from Novell and Microsoft.

4 Oct 2006
Updated Novell BorderManager Coming Q1 2007 (feature)
Novell is pleased to announce that an updated version of Novell BorderManager (3.9) will soon be available.

4 Oct 2006
AppNote: CISCO IOS 12.2(11) T with NBM 3.8 Server (appnote)
This AppNote describes the basic design and interoperability of an IP VPN network on top of a public network infrastructure using CISCO 2600 IOS 12.2 T with a Novell BorderManager 3.8 VPN server (site-to-site mode). *Newly updated by Chendil Kumar*

4 Oct 2006
Seamless Authentication with the Squid Proxy (feature)
Proxy authentication with the Client Trust key is seamless - why not have seamless authentication with Squid, too? Simon Tideswell shows us how in this detailed article ...

6 Sep 2006
Dual-Server BorderManager Setups (tip)
Craig Johnson shares several scenarios for using dual servers in a BorderManager setup.

6 Sep 2006
Troubleshooting CLNTRUST on Linux (tip)
BorderManager expert Craig Johnson shares a few tips on getting CLNTRUST running smoothly on Linux.

6 Sep 2006
Changing the GWIA IP Address (tip)
Here's a solution for configuring GWIA so that it uses a defined secondary IP address.

9 Aug 2006
Next Novell BorderManager Coming in Early 2007 (feature)
Get the details about the new BorderManager 3.9 release, plus ongoing support information for version 3.8.

9 Aug 2006
Avoiding BorderManager Bind Errors (tip)
Dave Simons shares a tip on avoiding Bind Error 48 on BorderManager when upgrading from NetWare 6 to NetWare 6.5.

5 Jul 2006
Setting File Download Quotas (tip)
Need to kick off the data hogs on your system? Here are two third-party methods for setting downlaod quotas in BorderManager.

5 Jul 2006
Solving the BorderManager *No Matching Scanner* Error (tip)
Here are some tips on getting the BorderManager Content Scanning feature working properly, courtesy of Craig Johnson.

7 Jun 2006
Blocking Meboo Sites (tip)
Richard Hurst shows how to easily block Meboo sites in BorderManager with two simple and effective rules.

3 May 2006
Configuring Microsoft Remote Desktop via NBM Proxy Services (feature)
Martin Zinaich shares this handy setup guide that enables network PCs to remote-control a PC or server on the Internet.

2 May 2006
Getting RSS Feeds in your Instant Messaging Client (appnote)
Rather than having a RSS news reader running all the time checking for updates to your web feeds (blogs and podcasts), wouldn't you love to get updates via IM? Jon Strickland explains how to use InstantFeed to get your RSS feeds to show up in most IM clients, including AIM, ICQ, Jabber, MSN, and Google Talk. Very nifty device for keeping yourself informed while you chat with your friends.

5 Apr 2006
Deploying Load Balancing for NBM using Session Failover and the L4 Switch (appnote)
Novell's Bhavani ST and Gaurav Vaidya share a solution for high availability and failover for HTTP forward proxy, transparent to end users. The solution is based on load balancing capability of any L4 switch and session failover feature of Novell BorderManager 3.8.4.

8 Mar 2006
Configuring the NBM 3.8 VPN Client with with the NSM 6 Server, using PSK (appnote)
In this AppNote, Novell's Gaurav Vaidya explains how to configure a Client to Site (Host to Network) VPN service with Novell Security Manager as the VPN server, and Novell BorderManager 3.8 as the VPN client.

8 Mar 2006
SecureLogin Q and A (feature)
Here are a few interesting Q+A samples you might enjoy about Novell SecureLogin.

8 Mar 2006
Scanning BorderManager Log Files (tip)
Need an easy way to scan BorderManager logs? Cool Solutions reader Gary Burns has an idea worth looking into ...

8 Feb 2006
Q&A for Secure Access (feature)
Here are some intereting Q&A samples from the world of Secure Access - enjoy!

8 Feb 2006
Batch File for Quick Search of NBM Log Files (tip)
Cool Solutions contributor Mike Murphy shares a batch file that organizes commands for searching BorderManager log files.

29 Dec 2005
Interoperation Guide - NBM 3.8.10 VPN Client and Racoon Server (appnote)
This Interoperation Guide from Bhavatosh Barochia explains Xauth support for the NBM VPN client and the Racoon Server.

29 Dec 2005
Interoperation Guide - NBM 3.8.4 VPN Client and Server, Xauth-PSK Method (feature)
This Interoperation guide from Bhavatosh Barochia explains Xauth support for NBM VPN servers, including the Xauth-PSK Method in Main Mode.

29 Dec 2005
Client-To-Site VPN Tunnel: NBM 3.8 EP Server, Openswan Client, Xauth (feature)
In this article by Novell's Chendil Kumar, you'll learn how to set up a VPN tunnel between the NBM 3.8 SP4 server and an Openswan VPN Client in the Xauth PSS Mode.

29 Dec 2005
NLM for Perl/ACLCheck (tip)
Torsten Lehnert shares an NLM for refreshing access rules via Perl.

29 Dec 2005
BorderManager TIDs - December 2005 (tip)
Keep up to date with the latest BorderManager TIDs (Technical Information Documents).

1 Dec 2005
Perimeter Solutions and BorderManager (feature)
BorderManager can form a key piece in your perimeter solution strategy. Learn how, in this summary article adapted from BrainShare presentation IO166.

1 Dec 2005
Clearing Duplicate Timestamps (tip)
If you're getting a -614 error (Unable to update NDS attributes), it may be time to check for duplicate timestamps. Forum participant Gonzalo Morera shows how to remove them so you can add your access rules with no problem.

1 Dec 2005
Deleting the LPO Object (tip)
Is it ever a good idea to delete the LPO (Login Policy Object)? Here are some thoughts from Novell's Scott Kiester on why you should keep it safe and sound.

1 Dec 2005
Novell's Story in Dutch (feature)
If you're curious - and speak Dutch (or would like to) - check out this web site by Leon van Lare on a history of Novell.

3 Nov 2005
BorderManager Wallpaper (tool)
A collection of BorderManager Wallpaper.

3 Nov 2005
BorderManager Troubleshooting Tips (feature)
Discover a wealth of tips to help you troubleshoot BorderManager problems, from filters to proxies to VPN and more!

3 Nov 2005
BorderManager Single Sign-On for Linux (feature)
Tired of running SSL on your Linux machine to log in to your BorderManger proxy? Now you can run Single Sign-On, thanks to the latest NBM 3.8 patch. Product expert Jennifer Bitondo explains how ...

3 Nov 2005
Tips on Cache Volume for BorderManager (tip)
BorderManager guru Craig Johnson lends some helpful tips on getting the best performance from your cache volume.

2 Nov 2005
Restoring Filters (tip)
If your BorderManager starts picking up an old set of filters, check out this tip from Jonathan Dono - it will help you get the right filters running again.

28 Sep 2005
What you need to know about BM3RMALL.NLM (feature)
If you ever have to run BM3RMALL, here's some great advice that will help you recover quickly and be on your way.

28 Sep 2005
Linux Authentication in BorderManager (tip)
Here are some practical suggestions from BorderManager expert Craig Johnson on authenticating to BorderManager via SUSE Linux.

28 Sep 2005
Controlling HTTP traffic in BorderManager by Trapper (trench)
Here's an inside look at the Trapper application by Victor Kulichkin. Learn more about how the Trapper Admin and Trapper Engine help you control and track Internet access easily and effectively.

15 Sep 2005
AppNote: Interoperation Guide - VPN Tracker and NBM 3.8.4 Server (appnote)
This AppNote from Aruna Kumari explains how to use the MAC OS VPN Tracker client with NBM in PSK mode, Extended Authentication (XAUTH) PSK mode, and Certificate mode.

31 Aug 2005
NBM Enhancement Pack (feature)
There's a new beta version of BorderManager, with enhancements to VPN services, Proxy, and more. Check out the details and download your copy!

31 Aug 2005
Connectotel LinkWall Suite Version 3.00 Released (feature)
Version 3.00 of the LinkWall Suite from Connectotel adds some powerful new features - check out the details here.

31 Aug 2005
Moving BorderManager Servers (tip)
BorderManager expert Craig Johnson shares some timely tips about moving a dedicated NBM server to another context.

25 Aug 2005
AdventNet - OpManager (tool)
Monitor your network the SNMP way.

27 Jul 2005
Installing BorderManager Support Packs (feature)
Cool SOlutions contributor Aruna Kumari checks in with a helpful article on how to work around problems with NBM Support Pack installation.

27 Jul 2005
ContentFilter for BorderManager Launched (feature)
Connectotel has announced the launch of its new ContentFilter for Novell BorderManager software. Get the details in this summary article, including benefits, pricing, and FAQs.

27 Jul 2005
ContentFilter for Novell BorderManager (tool)
Filters unwanted websites by performing real-time textual analysis of website page content.

30 Jun 2005
Protecting your Filters (feature)
BorderManager guru Craig Johnson contributes a short and sweet article on how to protect your NBM filters in an eDirectory environment.

30 Jun 2005
Correcting an LDAP Version Problem (tip)
Girish Mutt, a Novell Software Engineer, sends this tip for resolving an LDAP version problem when you upgrade eDirectory on NetWare 5.1.

30 Jun 2005
Detecting Port Usage (tip)
Novell SysOp Jim Michael shares a few hints on tracking down port access and setting up stateful filter exceptions.

21 Jun 2005
Loq Query Tool (tool)
Tool to parse log files and store in a searchable database.

2 Jun 2005
AppNote: NBM Filter Management for BorderManager 3.8 SP3 (appnote)
Chitra Gurjar and Sahu Rashmi of Novell System Testing have teamed up to provide this behind-the-scenes look at the new BorderManager Filter Management Wizard (aka, the Firewall Wizard).

2 Jun 2005
AppNote: Configuring an IPsec Tunnel between NBM and NSM (appnote)
In this AppNote from Guarav Vaidya, you'll learn how to get a site-to-site VPN connection configured between BorderManager 3.8 and Novell Security Manager 5.1.

2 Jun 2005
Leveraging Your Electronic Communications Policy (tip)
Here's a tip from B Thavamani Rajan that will help your users refer to a company electronic communications policy when HTTP requests are made.

2 Jun 2005
Blocking eBay (tip)
Here's a tip from Cool Solutions reader Ian Meaton on how to control surfing of eBay pages. The solution ranges from a "blanket blockout" to restricting buy and sell transactions.

2 Jun 2005
Restoring S2S Communication in eDirectory (tip)
Here's a tip from Cool Solutions reader Bhavani S.T. that helps you get S2S running properly when VPN servers are in the same eDirectory tree.

26 May 2005
Getting BorderManager (NetWare) to Work with Bridged Internet Connections (feature)
Craig Johnson had an ongoing problem with NetWare servers connected to bridged Internet connections not being able to work with secondary IP addresses. The primary address was fine, but you could not access any secondary IP address bound to the network card. He figured out what was happening, and shares it with you.

25 May 2005
BorderManager Snapins not showing up in iManager (tip)
Are your BorderManager snapins not showing up in iManager? Steven Bell has a tiny but perfect tip for you.

18 May 2005
Novell Radius not working with NSM (tip)
Here's the secret to getting Novell Security Manager working with Radius.

17 May 2005
Whois v2.1.0 (tool)
Get Internet Host Information.

28 Apr 2005
BorderManager Configuration Tips (feature)
Now you can get your BorderManager configuration running faster and smoother, thanks to these tips from BrainShare 2005.

28 Apr 2005
Passing User Credentials to an Upstream Proxy (feature)
In this article by B.Thavamani Rajan, you'll learn how user information can be passed upstream to an NBM proxy or to the origin webserver. It's all about the new X-Authenticated-User Header Support ... get the details here.

28 Apr 2005
Tip: Searching through Log Files (tip)
Cool Solutions reader Mike Murphy sends us this old-school tip on keeping tabs on surfing students ... web-surfing, that is. Look through your log directory faster and easier with this tip.

26 Apr 2005
Blocking Google Image Search (feature)
Schools (typically) want to block pornographic, risque and just plain 'sexy pictures' from students browsing through BorderManager HTTP Proxy. Using products like SurfControl, you can block many, many URL's, but there has been a long-standing issue with Google Image search being a way for kids to look at pictures which administrators want to block. Craig Johnson offers a great solution.

21 Apr 2005
BorderManager and Novell Security Manager Site-to-Site VPN (feature)
Learn how to set up a Novell Security Manager as a BorderManager VPN slave.

15 Apr 2005
Client Trust for Others (tool)
Single Sign-on for BorderManager client for Linux.

4 Apr 2005
Can't get the HP Gateway (NDPS) to Communicate through a Firewall (tip)
Here's a tip on getting your HP Gateway to go through the BorderManager FireWall.

30 Mar 2005
AppNote: BorderManager Clustering with Load Balancing (appnote)
With this AppNote from BorderManager guru Steve Aitken, you can set up a two-node BorderManager web proxy cluster, with load balancing enabled between both nodes. You can even use two different ISP's with this solution - check it out!

30 Mar 2005
Blocking Images from Searches (tip)
Here's a quick tip that helps you block images from searches, but not the sites they belong to.

30 Mar 2005
Understanding NetWare Routing Tables (tip)
Have you ever rebooted BorderManager and noticed that your IP routing information is gone? Here's some advice on the problem from Scott Jones, long-time BorderManager guru.

30 Mar 2005
Eight Cool Years (feature)
Novell Cool Solutions celebrated its eighth anniversary on 15 December 2005 and conducted a People's Choice competition to honor the people who made the stuff that made us famous. Come see the top three nominees, and cast your vote for (or write in) your personal favorite. Five lucky vote-casters will receive 100 WebWise Rewards points.

2 Mar 2005
Announcing the BorderManager Survey Winner (feature)
The winner of the recent BorderManager Survey has been decided -- read the announcement in this article to find out if you're that lucky person! Thanks to all who participated in the survey, and best wishes for your continued success.

2 Mar 2005
AppNote: HTTP Proxy Logging to Novell Audit in Novell BorderManager 3.8 (appnote)
This AppNote by Novell engineer Krishna CC explains how to to capture the log events reported by BorderManager into Novell Audit. The AppNote also explains how to query Novell Audit to get and analyze the log report, and how to use MySQL commands to query log report.

2 Mar 2005
Novell BorderManager Wins SC Magazine Award (feature)
In the last Cool Solutions BorderManager newsletter, we announced that Novell BorderManager was a finalist for the SC Magazine Award for Best Access Control Solution. Now it's the winner - get the details here!

2 Mar 2005
Ad-Hoc Firewall Penetration with OpenSSH (feature)
OK, so you messed up ("enhanced") your BorderManager configuration, and you need to get through the firewall to fix things - without changing rules or reconfiguring VPNs or NATed addresses. Here's the answer from Cool Solutions reader Scott Flowers - check it out!

2 Mar 2005
Allowing Non-Novell Users to Browse BorderManager (tip)
Here's a tip from Cool Solutions reader Todd Bengert that allows non-Novell users to log in directly to a BorderManager site, without first having to log in to the network and get the client trust key.

2 Feb 2005
A New Cool Solutions Site - Novell Security Manager! (feature)
That's right - we are launching a brand-new Cool Solutions site, dedicated to the brand-new Novell Security Manager product. Get the details here!

1 Feb 2005
Cool Tool: BrainShare Session Importer for GroupWise (feature)
If you're going to BrainShare and you have finished registering for the breakout sessions, try out this free tool from 'bond' Software Entwicklung GmbH that will import your 2005 BrainShare schedule into GroupWise. Download it here.

26 Jan 2005
Novell BorderManager is Finalist for SC Magazine Award (feature)
Novell iChain and Novell BorderManager are finalists for the Best Access Control Solution award from SC Magazine. Get the details of the announcement here!

26 Jan 2005
ToolTime for BorderManager - January 27, 2005 (feature)
Here's a roundup of useful BorderManager tools submitted over the past year.

26 Jan 2005
Parsing and Posting NBM Proxy Log Files to Apache (tip)
Now you can automatically pull BorderManager Proxy logs into an Apache folder, thanks to this tip from Cool Solutions reader Kevin Heide.

7 Jan 2005
Cool Solutions dot Com Forum (trench)
For the last couple of years there has existed an evolving web presence that many of you may not have been aware of: the Cool advice forum. The regular contributors to the forum have several hundred years' worth of combined experience in Novell product deployment and support. They'll tell you where the imperfections are, and how to get along with them; introduce you to features you never knew existed, and point you at places to get further support if you need it.

4 Jan 2005
Solving VPN Client-to-Site Connection Failures from NMAS (tip)
You can solve NMAS and synchronization problems in your VPN site-to-site connection, thanks to these handy tips from R. Anupkumar and Chitra Gurjar. Learn how the SDIDIAG tool and configuration strategies can make the difference.

4 Jan 2005
How Not to Break S2S Configurations for 3rd-Party Appliances (trench)
Troubleshooting site-to-site VPN configurations can sometimes be a pain. Here's some tech aspirin in the form of some handy tips by reader John Fuge. Find out in this article how to make slave server modifications without breaking the configuration.

4 Jan 2005
AppNote: Configuring SonicWALL for S2S VPN (appnote)
This handy article by Cool Solutions reader John Fuge explains how to configure the SonicWALL security appliance to work with a BorderManager 3.8 Master Server. Screen shots and procedure steps are included to make the configuration easy and straightforward.

2 Dec 2004
VPN Cookbook - Configuring NBM Servers for Site-to-Site (feature)
There's a wealth of information in this handy "cookbook" approach - easy steps to configure NBM servers as Masters and Slaves in a variety of useful combinations.

2 Dec 2004
AppNote: NBM to Openswan: Site-to-site VPN Made Easy (appnote)
This AppNote helps you get your site-to-site VPN services up and running between BorderManager and Openswan. It includes steps, diagrams, and sample code to help you get going.

2 Dec 2004
Setting up a VPN Tunnel - NBM and Openswan Slaves (feature)
In this companion article to the NBM/Openswan AppNote, you'll find out how to set up workable VPN tunnels between NBM and Openswan slaves. The results: a complete mesh of VPN site-to-site tunnels among the VPN servers.

28 Oct 2004
AppNote: High Availability with the NBM VPN - Client to Site (appnote)
This AppNote describes how to deploy multiple NBM VPN servers with a load-balanced and fault-tolerant configuration, in a client-to-site scenario.

28 Oct 2004
AppNote: Interoperability of Cisco PIX 500 and NBM 3.8 VPN (appnote)
This AppNote describes in detail how to configure and set up an IPsec tunnel between the NBM 3.8 VPN gateway and the Cisco PIX 500 Series Firewall.

28 Oct 2004
Troubleshooting VPN Errors (tip)
Here's a common-sense troubleshooting guide to over 45 common VPN errors you may encounter, complete with possible causes for errors and practical workarounds.

27 Oct 2004
Disaster Recovery, Part 4 - Planning for the Future (feature)
Here's the fourth installment of our four-part series on disaster recovery. Now that you've lived through the worst, what do you do about securing a safe data future? Get some solid tips here.

21 Oct 2004
Disaster Recovery, Part 3 - If You Rebuild It, They Will Come (feature)
Here's the third installment of our four-part series on disaster recovery. From mold on the walls to dust in the PC fans - what would you do to set it all right? Check out what our expert did, and wished he had done ...

13 Oct 2004
Disaster Recovery, Part 2 - Hard and Soft Data Recovery (feature)
Here's the second installment of our four-part series on disaster recovery. The "swimming pool" has been drained - now it's time to dry out the data! Get the hair-raising details here ...

6 Oct 2004
Disaster Recovery, Part 1 - Underwater Data (feature)
If you think it can't happen to you -- think again! Here's the first installment in a four-part series on disaster recovery, based on a real-life success story. Get the details here, get a plan, and get ready!

30 Sep 2004
BorderManager and NetWare: A Great VPN Solution (feature)
In case you've wondered what BorderManager can and does offer to NetWare sites in the way of a VPN solution, here are some compelling thoughts.

30 Sep 2004
AppNote: ZENworks with NAT and BorderManager 3.8 Firewall (appnote)
This AppNote discusses how to configure Novell ZENworks 6.5 Inventory and Remote Management to work across NAT and a BorderManager firewall.

30 Sep 2004
AppNote: Configuring an IPSec Tunnel for Cisco and NBM (appnote)
This AppNote discusses how to set up an IPSec tunnel between the Novell BorderManager 3.8 VPN Gateway and the Cisco VPN 3000 Concentrator Series Router.

30 Sep 2004
FTP and BorderManager - The Basics (tip)
Getting FTP to work properly with IE, HTTP, and BorderManager doesn't have to be a pain. Here are some timely tips that will make it all a bit easier.

30 Sep 2004
A New Way to Run RADIUS (tip)
Did you know you can run RADIUS without also running BorderManager or eDirectory? Here's a tip sent in by one of our Cool Solutions readers that explains how it's done.

22 Sep 2004
BorderManager XML Parsing Scripts (tool)
Manage large ACL lists for BorderManager.

24 Aug 2004
AppNote: Alternate Approach to Maintaining NBM Packet Filters (appnote)
This AppNote helps you leverage Novell LDAP utilities for adding, modifying, and deleting filters collectively, or adding filters individually. This solution works even without using FILTCFG or iManager.

24 Aug 2004
Monitoring Web Use with Accurate Logfile Analysis (feature)
Inappropriate Web use by employees is expensive - not only in lost productivity and potential lawsuits, but in thousands of hours of IT time typically spent on the problem. Wavecrest Computing's Cyfin Reporter provides accurate and automated logfile analysis, heading off the problem early on.

24 Aug 2004
BorderManager 3.8 Mail Proxy Anti-spam Feature (feature)
Have you noticed that the BorderManager mail proxy can drop otherwise valid messages that are sent from the primary domain name? Here's a solution to that problem, with easy-to-follow examples and illustrations.

24 Aug 2004
A Day in the Life of a SysOp (feature)
Who are those invisible, witty and helpful characters who hang out on the Novell Support Forums, eager to lend their expertise and advice. Come meet a few of the volunteer SysOps who make the forums a hugely successful support endeavor for Novell.

29 Jul 2004
15 Frequently Asked BorderManager Questions (and Answers) (feature)
Here are 15 basic questions that customers have asked about BorderManager, along with the simple and straightforward answers.

29 Jul 2004
BorderManager Defeats MyDoom.M Worm (feature)
While other mail servers fell victim to mass e-mail attacks from the MyDoom.M worm, BorderManager 3.7 and 3.8 mail proxies held up just fine.

29 Jul 2004
BorderManager in the News: Biomar and Dallas Police Dept. (feature)
Over the next few months, look for a series of articles called "BorderManager in the News." In this first installment we focus on how customers Biomar and the Dallas Police Department have benefitted from BorderManager.

29 Jul 2004
BorderManager 3.7 Post Support Pack 3 (feature)
If you're using BorderManager 3.7, check out the latest Support Pack available for download. Get the details on recent fixes in this Support pack, and more.

29 Jul 2004
Reinstalling BorderManager 3.8 Snap-ins for iManager (feature)
Here are the steps for cleaning up and re-installing the BorderManager snap-in for iManager. Check out the time-saving details here.

29 Jun 2004
New Patch for VPN 3.7/3.8 Client for Windows (feature)
Patch #5 of the VPN 3.7/3.8 Client for Windows is now available for download. Check out the new features and problem resolutions in this update, and enjoy a smoother ride with BorderManager.

29 Jun 2004
One-Stop Info Page: BorderManager (feature)
Here's a handy list of links for Novell BorderManager, including: What is BorderManager, Documentation, Technical Support, Training, Developer Resources and more!

29 Jun 2004
Load Balancing and Fault Tolerance (feature)
Implementing load balancing and fault tolerance on your servers may save a "load" of problems, and it may may be easier to do than you think. Find out some of the basic how-to's in this article.

29 Jun 2004
Setting the Minimum NMAS Authentication Grade (tip)
Are you up to speed on grade methods for passwords, logins, and tokens? Get the details on how to set the desired minimum authentication grade for NMAS in this handy article.

25 May 2004
Novell BorderManager Wins Best Access Control Award, SC Magazine (feature)
Novell BorderManager recently won SC Magazine's Reader's Trust Award for Best Access Control. BorderManager was selected for its achievement in technical excellence in the information security industry. Get the details here!

25 May 2004
Spotlight on LinkWall Suite 2.0 (feature)
Announcing version 2.0 of the popular LinkWall Suite by Connectoctel - find out what's new in this product release.

25 May 2004
Using the Manager's Resource Library (feature)
The Manager's Resource Library is a great tool for documents and links to help you in your corporate security tasks. It's under the Resources link on the BorderManager product page ... check it out today.

25 May 2004
Novell BorderManager Announces IPSec Certification (feature)
Having IPSec certification through ICSA Labs means that Novell BorderManager's VPN is an even stronger value proposition. Read the story and check out the press release as well.

25 May 2004
Antivirus/Antispam Scanning for Novell BorderManager Mail Proxy (feature)
Looking for a way to do your own spam and virus filtering? Get some handy tips here on scanning incoming mail from the mail proxy. This article includes a PERL script and screen shots to help you get started.

29 Apr 2004
AppNote: Filtering Exceptions (appnote)
Here's another BorderManager AppNote. This one helps you configure exceptions on an NBM 3.8 Server Firewall to access Novell Services. Read about firewall setup, stateful filters, outbound and inbound exceptions, and more ...

29 Apr 2004
AppNote: VPN behind NAT (appnote)
Here's a new BorderManager AppNote that helps you deploy the NBM 3.8 VPN Server behind NAT. Includes diagrams, screen shots, configuration steps and more ...

29 Apr 2004
Spotlight on SurfControl (feature)
SurfControl, a technology partner with Novell BorderManager, is at the forefront of stopping unwanted content from web, e-mail, and Instant Messenger sources. Get to know more about this succesful company in this article.

29 Apr 2004
MIB Files are Still Here (feature)
Remember MIB files? Even though they've been around a long time, they can still be a helpful resource for SNMP. We've including two sample MIB files with this article: one for IPSec and one for proxy.

6 Apr 2004
Achat - Firewall Tool 1.6 (tool)
Configure Novell BorderManager 3.7 filters and filter exceptions per LDIF files.

25 Mar 2004
NBM 3.8 VPN Master Failure Recovery (feature)
Plan ahead! When your Master VPN Server goes down, you can be up and running in 30 minutes or less - complete with backup and restore via eDirectory, and your VPN setup intact. Check out the technical paper with the how-to details.

25 Mar 2004
NBM Interoperability - VPN Tracker for Mac (feature)
Now there's a solution for connecting remote Mac users to BorderManager 3.8 - a Novell BorderManager gateway and the VPN Tracker client do the trick. Link to a free how-to guide and a free demo here!

25 Mar 2004
BrainShare 2004 - Novell BorderManager: What's New and Beyond (IO265) (feature)
Here is a summary and a link to the Brainshare 2004 presentation "Novell BorderManager: What's New and Beyond" - enjoy!

25 Mar 2004
BrainShare 2004 - VPN Interoperability (TUT385) (feature)
Here is a summary and a link to the Brainshare 2004 presentation "VPN Interoperability" - enjoy!

25 Mar 2004
BrainShare 2004 - Advanced VPN Design and Troubleshooting (TUT369) (feature)
Here is a summary and a link to the Brainshare 2004 presentation "Advanced VPN Design and Troubleshooting" - enjoy!

25 Mar 2004
BrainShare 2004 - Advanced Internet Access Control (TUT370) (feature)
Here is a summary and a link to the Brainshare 2004 presentation "Advanced Internet Access Control Configuration and Troubleshooting" - enjoy!

25 Mar 2004
NAT or Not - Issues with IP/IP and Transparent Proxy (feature)
What's the bottom line on implementing an IP/IP gateway and using a transprent proxy with BorderManager? One of our experts gives his take on the issue and offers a preferred configuration - read about it here.

25 Mar 2004
ICSA Labs IPSec VPN Troubleshooting (feature)
Here's an excellent paper from ICSA Labs IPSec Testing Program. Read about tools and techniques that can be used in troubleshooting your IPSec VPN, and much more.

15 Mar 2004
BorderReporter 2.1 (tool)
BorderManager log analyzer.

18 Feb 2004
Keep an Eye on your Web Surfers (tip)
Andrew Tayman shares a tool he wrote that can help you see if your users are behaving appropriately in their surfing habits.

18 Feb 2004
Make BorderManager Play well with 3rd Party VPN Gateways (tip)
Do you have a problem interoperating Novell BorderManager 3.8 with any of these third-party Servers: CISCO IOS, CISCO PIX, CHECKPOINT, LUCENT BRICK, NETSCREEN, LINKSYS, NORTEL? Here's the solution.

18 Feb 2004
AppNote: Understanding Rules in Novell Client Firewall 2.0 (appnote)
Novell Client Firewall (NCF) is a solution which not only controls how the users are allowed to use their workstations but it also makes the client computer invisible on the Internet. NCF secures individual workstations by deploying firewall rules and policies at each end node. How NCF behaves and how secure is the end point depends on how the rules and policies are configured. This Appnote describes the NCF rules and policies in detail. It also explains rule processing within NCF to help end user or administrator to securely configure the firewall for end node.

15 Jan 2004
AppNote: NBM 3.8 VPN: Authenticating users with NMAS & LDAP (appnote)
The new Novell BorderManager 3.8 (NBM 3.8) Virtual Private Network (VPN) solution is a significant improvement from earlier versions of BorderManager. The new management console is based on iManager. VPN now features a host of new and exciting features. In addition to being standards compliant, it offers fine-grained policies and a range of authentication mechanisms. While some mechanisms, such as the certificate based authentication and pre-shared secrets are required by the IKE standards, others are meant to make users and administrators life much easier, without compromising on security. In this article we look at implementing two such mechanisms - authentication using NMAS, and remote LDAP authentication - in your enterprise.

15 Jan 2004
AppNote: NBM 3.8 VPN Monitoring: New Features and Usage Tips (appnote)
Novell BorderManager 3.8 (NBM 3.8) features a new monitoring mechanism for VPN services. VPN monitoring is a central repository of VPN services information. It can be accessed using the Novell Remote Manager interface. This paper would be useful for those administrators who plan to deploy NBM 3.8 or have already deployed NBM 3.8 VPN services. This paper is pictorially driven, with notes to substantiate the images.

15 Jan 2004
AppNote: NBM 3.8 Server with Check Point (appnote)
This document describes how to interoperate NBM 3.8 Server with the Check Point Server. This is based on the interoperability tests between the Check Point and the NBM 3.8 Server.

15 Jan 2004
AppNote: NBM 3.8 Access Rules: Some Do's and Don'ts (appnote)
This AppNote discusses the recommended ways to configure access rules in Novell BorderManager 3.8 (NBM3.8) and provides details of tested and scalable limits of Access Rules at different eDirectory container levels. This document explains the global and specific rules that can be set on the server, and the criterion for choosing the duration to enable/disable ACLCHECK. This document also provides the information regarding the impact on performance across access rules at different eDirectory container levels.

15 Jan 2004
Installing BorderManager 3.8: from the School of Hard Knocks (trench)
If you've got experiences to share that might help someone else's install go smoother, we'd love to hear about them. Here's an interesting one.

15 Jan 2004
NBM 3.8 VPN Client User Authentication using NMAS methods (tip)
After installing NBM 3.8 VPN client, if the user wants to authenticate using NMAS mode, VPN client by default does not show any NMAS sequences in the VPN login page. Here is a nice tip to identify the sequences configured for NMAS authentication.

11 Dec 2003
AppNote: SSH Client Interoperability with NBM 3.8 Server (appnote)
This document is aimed at the users of the VPN client. This document briefly explains the usage of the SSH Sentinel client with the Novell BorderManager (NBM) 3.8 server in Authentication Mode and Encryption Mode.

11 Dec 2003
Enabling SKIP Mode on NBM 3.8 VPN Server (tip)
Configuring a fresh NBM 3.8 VPN server through iManager does not enable the backward compatibility (SKIP) mode. Here's the workaround.

11 Dec 2003
Novell BorderManager 3.8 supported by LinkWall, AdWall and FileWall (tip)
Heads Up: If you're using Connectotel's popular products to block advertising and other distractions from your users, read on.

11 Dec 2003
Taking a Packet Trace (feature)
Occasionally Novell Technical Support Engineers will request that you get a packet trace of a problem occurring to help troubleshoot an issue. Here are some guidelines to follow to make sure you get useful packet traces.

12 Nov 2003
BorderManager 3.8 VPN Configuration Tool (tip)
This tool automates the configuration of Novell BorderManager 3.8 VPN servers. It was created by Novell testers to bring up hundreds of NBM VPN servers in Novell's SuperLab during the NBM 3.8 QA phase, and we thought you'd be able to put it to good use. It's especially helpful when you need to deploy a large number of VPN servers quickly.

12 Nov 2003
AppNote: Novell BorderManager 3.8 VPN client: An Introduction (appnote)
The Novell BorderManager VPN client software allows a workstation to communicate securely over the internet to a network protected by a Novell VPN server over the Internet. This paper introduces the VPN client and provides a short summary on how to install and use it.

12 Nov 2003
AppNote: VPN Policies in Novell BorderManager 3.8 (appnote)
This AppNote provides details on the new Novell BorderManager (NBM) 3.8 Virtual Private Network (VPN) policies feature. It also provides troubleshooting guidelines to achieve the desired functionality of VPN policies.

12 Nov 2003
AppNote: VPN FreeS/WAN Configuration Guide with NBM 3.8 Server (appnote)
This document provides information on how to deploy the Free S/WAN VPN clients with Novell BorderManager (NBM) 3.8 servers. This document is aimed at experienced FreeS/Wan IPSec administrators.

12 Nov 2003
What's New in Novell BorderManager 3.8 (feature)
Heads Up: Novell BorderManager 3.8 has just left the building. Here's a little overview to help you understand what's new, and how the licensing works.

12 Nov 2003
Opening Up and Tying Down Remote Access Security (tip)
Read this new article from Novell Connection Magazine. With more than 20,000 customers and ten million seats in production, Novell BorderManager is one of the top firewall and virtual private network (VPN) products available today--and these impressive numbers are about to get even better.

12 Nov 2003
BorderManager 3.8 VPN Configuration Tool (tool)
Automate the configuration of BorderManager 3.8 VPN servers.

17 Oct 2003
Novell BorderManager 3.7 Post-Support Pack 2 Patch (tip)
This Support Pack Patch contains updates for components contained in the Novell BorderManager 3.7 product. In addition to a whole raft of fixes, you'll find some wonderful enhancements, and a nice little set of free tools. Check it out.

17 Oct 2003
Outpost Firewall Plug-Ins Vs Novell Client Firewall (tip)
Outpost Firewall Plug-Ins is not compatible with Novell Client Firewall, because the Outpost Plug-Ins installer expects "Outpost" in the registry keys. Since the string is unavailable (as Outpost Firewall is not installed), the installer exits prompting you to install Outpost Firewall. Here's the workaround.

17 Oct 2003
Install Problems with NBM in Small Business Suite 6 (tip)
Caleb Squires shares a workaround to a problem installing NBM on a Small Biz server.

23 Sep 2003
Programmatically Checking Time Synchronization (feature)
If you've ever wanted to check for time synchronization events easily and automatically, here's some excellent advice from Novell engineer Siddharth Jagtiani.

22 Sep 2003
Germ Warfare (trench)
Mark Russell explains how Blaster and SoBig-F have finally vindicated his position as "resident despoiler of all things fun. It is precisely because our restrictions are so... er... restrictive that we have managed to totally avoid all forms of virus infection. So far."

18 Sep 2003
Automatically Configuring Network Clients to use the BorderManager Proxy (trench)
Wallace Marks wanted to disable Transparent Proxy, but before he could do that he needed some way of configuring everybody's workstations to use the proxy. To make matters worse, they have a lot of outside consultants that routinely need Internet access. Here's how he did it.

18 Sep 2003
Block Access to the Web for Specific People (tip)
Do you want to make sure that one of your users can't log in to a website, no matter what machine he is on? We do that all the time with BorderManager access control rules.

18 Sep 2003
FTP Commands Supported by the BorderManager FTP proxy (tip)
Not all FTP commands are implemented, as some of you may have discovered. Here is a list of the commands supported by FTP proxy.

18 Sep 2003
Running Novell BorderManager on Novell Cluster Services (feature)
Don't miss this great new AppNote, which discusses the use of Novell BorderManager Proxy and Firewall services in a clustered environment.

28 Aug 2003
ActivPack v2.0 for Novell eDirectory (tip)
ActivPack for Novell eDirectory offers a comprehensive solution for seamless integration and management of digital identity services within Novell eDirectory, Novell iChain, Novell ConsoleOne, and Novell Modular Authentication Service (NMAS).

26 Aug 2003
BorderManager Components added to the NDK (tip)
Heads Up developers: have you heard about the release of the first ever NBM components in the Novell Developer Kit?

26 Aug 2003
Connectotel LinkWall and RTMonitor Integration (trench)
Heads Up: There's a new integration between LinkWall - a leading site-blocking solutionfor Novell BorderManager - and RTMonitor - the only real-time internetactivity monitoring tool for Novell BorderManager.

26 Aug 2003
RADIUS and Cisco Dialback (feature)
Check out this little cheat sheet that steps you through the process of implementing dialback to a user via Cisco 2600.

16 Jul 2003
Blocking MSN Messenger (tip)
If you use a firewall to block the main port that MSN Messenger uses, MSN can work around it. So how do you stop all that chatting? Robert Deverill shares a secret, and others have added more suggestions to the mix.

15 Jul 2003
Proxy Failover (Without Clustering) (feature)
If you are using BorderManager mostly for controlling outbound web access, and you want to ensure maximum availability, you probably know you can cluster the proxy service. But did you know there's another way? Shaun Pond lays out a simple way to do failover and load-sharing of the http proxy between two or more BorderManager servers that does not involve clustering.

15 Jul 2003
Restoring the Default Filters in BorderManager 3.7 (tip)
Ever want to just reset all the default filters and start over? Not to worry. Here's what you do:.

15 Jul 2003
Migrating Filters for Upgrade (tip)
If you are upgrading from BorderManager 3.5 or BorderManager Enterprise Edition 3.6 to Novell BorderManager 3.7, you need to ensure that all filters have been migrated to Novell eDirectory. Here's how you do it.

15 Jul 2003
Transferring Huge Lists of Proxy Authentication Contexts (trench)
Ever wondered how to transfer a huge list of Proxy server authentication contexts from one BorderManager server to another without having to retype them all in at NWADMN32.EXE? Wonder no more. Paul Coletti tells you how.

15 Jul 2003
Keeping Track of Traffic (feature)
Would you like to know how much traffic has passed through your BorderManager server during a specified time, and other revealing information? Start at the Proxy Statistics screen.

17 Jun 2003
BorderManager Provides TransUnion with Secure Access to Web Applications (feature)
This month's Novell Connection features a top-to-bottom Secure Identity Management success story at TransUnion. This story is an excellent example of how the broad range of technologies in Novell's Nsure family can provide a comprehensive solution for an organization of any size.

17 Jun 2003
How to configure BorderManager with NetWare 5 Cluster Services (feature)
Freshly updated. Here are some instructions to help you set up and configure some of the applications commonly used in a NetWare 5 environment in a cluster.

17 Jun 2003
Dirt Cheap Option for URL Blocking (tip)
If you don't like paying fees for blacklists, and you don't really trust the free ones, check out this nicely priced alternative -- DansGuardian Blacklist.

16 May 2003
Workaround for Compaq DHCP Problem (tip)
After upgrading to NetWare 6, Alex's Compaq servers stopped handing out DHCP addresses. After three agonizing days, Alex solved it, and in a fit of altruism, shares the workaround here. Updated with a new suggestion.

14 May 2003
Changing from NSS to NFWS Cache Volumes (feature)
If you've got NSS Cache Volumes and you want to use FastCache, you should change them to NFWS Cache Volumes now and save yourself some grief. Here are four different methods that will work -- pick your favorite and get busy.

14 May 2003
Get Help Moving from BMAS to NMAS (tip)
Heads Up: ActivCard has announced ActivPack 2.0 for Novell eDirectory, which includes their full-featured method for NMAS and a BMAS-to-NMAS migration tool.

14 May 2003
Firewall Problems with Client 4.83 SP1 (tip)
Brian Warren found that clients running Windows XP with Client 4.83 SP1 will not authenticate through the firewall. Here's his workaround.

14 May 2003
Novell BorderManager ICSA Compliance Kit v. 2.0 (feature)
ICSA firewall certification criteria specify that authentication is required to access the firewall configuration and log files. This ICSA Compliance Kit(ICK) provides files and instructions specifically to meet this requirement.

17 Apr 2003
Creating and Enforcing an Internet Acceptable Use Policy (feature)
Don't miss this great new AppNote which discusses some of the key business problems regarding Internet access and presents a sound methodology (using iChain) for devising an Internet Acceptable Use Policy (iAUP) for any organization.

11 Apr 2003
Using DMOZ Open Directory Project lists with Novell BorderManager (feature)
In response to many inquiries about his AppNote that discussed Blacklists and Whitelists, Marcus Williamson rolled up his sleeves and produced another excellent article. Come get the inside scoop about the use of DMOZ open directory project (ODP) data in creating Whitelists.

11 Apr 2003
Novell BorderManager vs. Network Appliance's NetCache (feature)
On the surface, Novell BorderManager (NBM) and NetCache may appear to be similar products. However, careful examination of the feature sets reveals a different emphasis in each -- two different solutions that have some feature overlap, but that are best characterized as complimentary, not competing.

11 Apr 2003
Using WebSpy Analyzer and WebSpy Live on Novell BorderManager Proxy Log Files (feature)
Don't miss this great AppNote. It discusses two tools to analyze and extract meaningful data from the BorderManager log files: WebSpy Analyzer Standard and WebSpy Live.

11 Apr 2003
Monitor BorderManager User Activity in Real Time (trench)
Freshly Updated: If you're looking to stay ahead of inappropriate Internet activity (and who isn't?), here's another arrow for your quiver.

6 Mar 2003
Acceptable Use Policies in the Resource Library (feature)
Acceptable Use Policies (AUP) are an important way to govern the way users use the Internet in your organization. Check out the samples of excellent AUPs we just added to the Manager's Resource Library.

6 Mar 2003
Enter Multiple URLs in BorderManager Access Rules (tip)
From Holland comes a nice tip that explains how to enter several rules at a time in the Url Specifications screen.

6 Mar 2003
100% Uptime Internet Access with BorderManager (feature)
Randy Barrow need to provide 100% uptime to users for Internet Access via BorderManager without using Transparent Proxy. Here's how he did it.

6 Mar 2003
Using Public-Domain Site Blocking Lists with Novell BorderManager (feature)
Don't miss this great new AppNote from Marcus Williamson. He discusses how network administrators can make use of free public-domain site blocking lists in conjunction with Novell BorderManager on NetWare networks to enforce network-wide Internet access policies.

5 Feb 2003
Terminal Server Authentication (feature)
Novell BorderManager 3.7 SP1 will include the capability to differentiate between users from same-address clients and those from different addresses. Come get all the configuration details in this exclusive article.

5 Feb 2003
Using Webalizer to Analyze Novell BorderManager Logs (trench)
Chris Bailey needed to prove that they needed more bandwidth in his school, so he needed a good way to show the administration where all the Internet traffic was coming from. He came up with this ingenious way of using Webalizer (open-source) to analyze NBM logs, and shares it in this nicely detailed article, including his Perl script. Enjoy!

5 Feb 2003
Reporting on Web usage of BorderManager Proxy Servers - for Linux (trench)
Hey, Linux users. Here's a free tool to help you parse NBM proxy server logs into a PostgreSQL database. Very snazzy...

5 Feb 2003
Blocking Browser Ads with Novell BorderManager (feature)
Waging battle against browser ads? Don't miss this great new AppNote. It discusses how to configure Novell BorderManager to block browser ads for all users within an enterprise.

21 Jan 2003
Don't Display BRDSTATS Info to the World (trench)
J Fuge has found a big security hole amongst many who use brdstats. Come find out how to secure your proxy stats data.

15 Jan 2003
VB Script to Analyze RADIUS Log Files (tool)
Copies files from RADIUS server and parses them, placing rejects into rejects.log files for analysis.

6 Jan 2003
BorderManager and FTP (feature)
There's been a lot of interest in how to use BorderManager and various FTP products together. Here are some useful notes from Novell Consultant Martin Day. Also, Fred Rang shares a script he developed to help WSFTP go through a BorderManager server.

6 Jan 2003
Solving GroupWise Client Startup Problem (trench)
Joe Whited had a problem with the GroupWise client looking for ngwnameserver1 at startup. Here's how he solved it.

6 Jan 2003
BorderManager certified by ICSA Labs (feature)
Heads Up: BorderManager has been named as one of eleven firewall products to meet the security industry's most rigorous and customized testing criteria. (Notably missing from the list: Microsoft...)

6 Jan 2003
Sizing the Server for BorderManager VPN (feature)
We got an interesting server sizing question from Andreas in Germany, and thought you'd like to see the expert answers as provided by developer Umasankar Mukkara.

6 Jan 2003
Stomping out Annoying Ads (feature)
Chris Bailey had a rash of advertising programs magically get installed onto their school machines (programs such as Gator and Precision Time), and he wasn't going to sit still for that. Here's his list of addresses to block. Thanks, Chris!

6 Jan 2003
Security Issues in the News (trench)
Many of you have a keen interest in emerging security issues, so we thought it would be a good idea to create a list of the newest security buzz. Here are some new entries to hone your paranoia to a razor-sharp edge.

5 Dec 2002
Redhat Proxy Log Parser and Reporting App for BME3x (tool)
Report on departmental Web usage of BorderManager proxy servers - for Linux.

27 Nov 2002
VB Script to Analyze BM Log Files with BRDSTAT (tool)
VB script copies files from BorderManager server and parses them into files for the BRSTAT utility to work with.

27 Nov 2002
A Closer Look at NAT (feature)
NAT (Network Address Translation) allows IP clients on your local network to access the Internet without requiring you to assign globally unique IP addresses to each system. In addition, NAT acts as a filter. Here's some background reading to get you up to speed on NAT.

22 Nov 2002
XP Pro Installation Mystery (tip)
If your VPN client for XP Pro can't find a valid authentication server on new installations, this just might be the answer.

22 Nov 2002
Reconfigure IP Addresses Correctly (tip)
Here's a tip that could help you get things back up and running after you change ISPs.

22 Nov 2002
inGOT Makes it Even Easier to Manage Internet Usage and Costs (trench)
From our cool partners at Liverton, don't miss the new version of inGOT, an internet control and reporting solution developed to work with BorderManager. People who use it swear by it. Come see if it will work for you.

22 Nov 2002
Active versus Passive FTP (tip)
Here's a great article from SlackSite that will help you get up to speed on how to support FTP from behind a firewall. Definitely one for the Giant Binder of Knowledge...

15 Nov 2002
Rendering Policy Violators Speechless (tip)
Need proof that people are violating your internet policies? Come see what they do in schools to render the violators speechless.

15 Nov 2002
Analog: Free Logfile Analyzer (tip)
If you're looking for a free way to keep tabs on the traffic on your web server or your BorderManager logs, you should take a look at Analog.

15 Nov 2002
Clean out the Dead Users (trench)
Jim Hoffman shares a tool to help you clean out all the dead users from your tree regularly. Keep the tree tidy, and it could help reduce security issues.

8 Nov 2002
Redirecting the NW5 GUI for Remote Installation of NBM (feature)
BM installation requires you either to be physically alongside the server or redirect the GUI output through TCP/IP. Here's how to redirect the GUI to an X-windows server.

8 Nov 2002
Secure on the Outside, Open on the Inside (feature)
Need to make an extremely secure network from the Internet but allow freedom with the school intranet? We posed this question to our panel of experts on the School Cool Solutions Advisory Board, and Sindre Westre stepped up with this nice overview.

8 Nov 2002
Security Policy Tips (tip)
Come see what other sys admins consider to be essential elements in a good security policy.

6 Nov 2002
Analog (tool)
Shows the usage patterns on your Web server.

1 Nov 2002
Preventing RADIUS Users from Timing out When Authenticating (feature)
If your RADIUS users are having trouble authenticating, here's why, and what to do about it.

1 Nov 2002
SSL Authentication after NetWare 6 Install (feature)
If you find that SSL authentication fails after you've installed a NetWare 6 server into your tree, there's a patch you should grab.

24 Oct 2002
Using the BorderManager Proxy Statistics Tool (BRDSTAT) (feature)
Here's one of the winning entries in our recent Cool Tools contest. Come see how Lee Greenough uses BRDSTATS to keep tabs on student surfing.

24 Oct 2002
English-Only NBM 3.7 Licenses are Expiring (tip)
Heads Up: The license files included with the English-only release of Novell BorderManager 3.7 will expire on December 12, 2002. Come find out how to get non-expiring licenses ASAP.

24 Oct 2002
WebLog II (feature)
Leigh Johnston adapted the WebLog tool to fit his environment, and reports that "...we have caught 25 students logging in as other students and 5 logging in as staff. We liked his solution so much we chose it as one of the winners in the Cool Tools contest. Check it out.

24 Oct 2002
Making Custom Proxy Error Pages (feature)
Come see how to create Custom Error Pages, and check out some great examples.

18 Oct 2002
Nailing Students Violating Internet Policies (trench)
Need to identify students who are violating policies, and nail them dead to rights? Check out these ideas, from those who know (these are from the new School Cool Solutions Advisory Board).

18 Oct 2002
Using GroupWise and BorderManager to Prevent Mail Relay (trench)
Using other mail hosts as a relay for illegal e-mail is on the increase, and this problem can affect GroupWise sites just as badly as Exchange sites. Keith Branson offers detailed instructions on how to address the issue with various GroupWise and BorderManager versions.

14 Oct 2002
Clearing Just One Site from Proxy Cache (tip)
Here is a method that will selectively clear one site from proxy cache. Very helpful if you have just made that URL non-cacheable. And we're sure you'll think of other creative ways to use this...

10 Oct 2002
Creating Security Policies in the Real World (tip)
Share the best ideas from your Security Policy, and you could win one of three Palm Pilot VIIx handhelds.

3 Oct 2002
Macintosh and SSL Proxy Authentication on IE (tip)
Ever since BorderManager 3.x was released, poeple have had problems getting Internet Explorer on a Macintosh to work with BorderManager's SSL Proxy Authentication. Here's Microsoft's fix.

3 Oct 2002
Finding out how a program gets through HTTP Proxy (tip)
Here's a nifty way to determine which access rules should be set up to block specific services. (Very useful for keeping a step ahead of the students.)

27 Sep 2002
Calling all School Administrators (feature)
In response to popular and persistent demand, we're creating a brand-new Cool Solutions site fashioned by and for system administrators working in the world's schools. Come get involved, and we'll send you a Cool Solutions shirt.

27 Sep 2002
Checking the Audit Log on a VPN Server (feature)
We've heard from a number of readers who want info about how to audit the traffic on their VPN server, so we thought we'd highlight the process for you.

27 Sep 2002
How to configure BMAS 3.5 and 3.6. (feature)
Here's a handy overview of how to configure BMAS, which should be framed and hung on the wall.

19 Sep 2002
Blocking Instant Messengers (feature)
If you are fighting to keep your users from using Instant Messengers of any kind, check this out. Here's how to block all the major Instant Messengers, from AOL to Yahoo.

19 Sep 2002
Troubleshooting BorderManager Snapins (feature)
If you are having trouble with the BorderManager snapins, here are some helpful troubleshooting tips from good folks at Support, who deal with this stuff every day. Try these strategies before you pick up the phone and call them.

12 Sep 2002
Installing a VPN Client (tip)
Here is a quick guide to how to install and configure a VPN client on servers running BorderManager 3.0 and above. Definitely one to print and keep in your handy brain-cramp binder.

12 Sep 2002
Viewing PDF Files through HTTP Proxy (tip)
Having trouble viewing PDF files through HTTP Proxy? Here's how to enable it in Netscape and Internet Explorer.

12 Sep 2002
Adware, Spyware, and Stealth Networks (feature)
Check out this fascinating bulletin from the CIAC. It seems that programs are being intentionally packaged with legitimate software to display advertising on your screen, gather information on your browsing habits, and to sell your unused CPU cycles and disk space.

12 Sep 2002
Keep Internet ads from Annoying your Employees/Students (trench)
If Internet advertising is too distracting for your employees or students, you might want to check out this new tool from one of our partners.

6 Sep 2002
BorderManager Wallpaper (tip)
Come download the wallpaper that's on the 3.7 CD. Add this guy to your wallpaper collection, and show people who guards your borders.

6 Sep 2002
Troubleshooting and Debugging Filter Exceptions (feature)
Sometimes even after following filter exception TIDs or adding a pre-defined filter exception the Firewall is still blocking needed traffic from passing in or out of the Firewall. Here are some procedures that will help you get to the heart of the problem.

6 Sep 2002
Novell BorderManager 3.7 Update for N2H2 Integration: Part 3 (feature)
In Part 3 of this series about N2H2 Integration with BorderManager, we answer some questions about troubleshooting and backward compatibility.

29 Aug 2002
RIP Off for TCP/IP (tip)
Here's a nice explanation of how to turn off RIP and reduce overhead on the CPU and on the wire. Tuck this into your optimization bag of tricks.

29 Aug 2002
Novell BorderManager 3.7 Update for N2H2 Integration: Part 2 (feature)
Check out Part 2 in this series about N2H2 Integration with BorderManager.

23 Aug 2002
Novell BorderManager 3.7 Update for N2H2 Integration: Part 1 (feature)
There's a new tool available to help you filter Web content, monitor the Internet access of your users, and get reports of your users' activity on the web. Novell BorderManager 3.7 is now integrated with N2H2.

23 Aug 2002
Removing BorderManager Filters (tip)
Want to remove all the BorderManager filters and start from scratch? Here's how to do it.

23 Aug 2002
Turning off the Internet Radio (feature)
When you walk down the halls, do you hear the tell-tale sounds of people listening to the radio via the Internet? This is not only annoying, it's probably hogging a sizeable chunk of your bandwidth. Here's a partner tool that can help.

23 Aug 2002
BorderManager NLM's and Dual Processors (tip)
Scott Jones explains why it's better to have only one physical CPU installed in dedicated-function NBM servers.

16 Aug 2002
School Admin Tips (trench)
We asked our school system administrators to share their pet tips and tricks, and we got some nice nuggets. Not only are there some great ideas for managing student IDs, creating and deleting student accounts, and imaging the computers in the labs, but we're also getting tips on battling skanky screen-savers, blocking Napster files, and preventing students from sending obscene system messages to the unsuspecting young girls on the front row.

16 Aug 2002
Hosting Public and Private DNS on BorderManager (tip)
If you ever need to emulate a split DNS system, here's a nice trick.

16 Aug 2002
Extending Schema after Upgrade (feature)
After you upgrade NBM 3.7, you may find that the schema has not been properly extended. Here's how to extend the schema manually, so your filters will work.

16 Aug 2002
Novell's New Security Alerts Policy (feature)
In light of increased customer interest in Internet-related security and the migration of Novell's products to the Internet Protocol, Novell is taking steps to better inform our customers and partners about security alerts.

9 Aug 2002
Supplying Public and Private Addresses at the Same Time (tip)
Would you like to make your BorderManager server supply public addresses to the internet, but private addresses internally? Here's how to do it.

9 Aug 2002
Saving Access Control Rules when Reinstalling BorderManager (tip)
Need to reinstall BorderManager? Here's how to avoid the hassle of recreating all your access rules.

9 Aug 2002
How to Configure VPN Services on BorderManager (feature)
Here's a quick little cheat sheet to help you remember how to configure VPN services.

9 Aug 2002
Employee Privacy Versus Corporate Security (trench)
When do the privacy rights of employees have to yield to the company's right to protect its data and keep the workplace safe and free from harassment? This topic has generated a great deal of buzz in Security publications, and we'd like to see what you think.

2 Aug 2002
Cool IP Calculator (tool)
Provides simple TCP/IP network information

2 Aug 2002
Monitoring Proxy Information on Novell BorderManager (feature)
The NBM Proxy Console provides a number of screens to monitor the status of the Proxy and other related services. This AppNote explains some of the major screens and the information contained in them. It also discusses typical usage scenarios for some of the important fields.

2 Aug 2002
The Cool Solutions IP Calculator (feature)
From David le Roux of Novell Consulting in South Africa, here's an indispensable tool for all who install and support NBM -- A small, fast IP calculator!

26 Jul 2002
BorderManager 3.7 EPFGS VPN Client (tip)
Heads Up: check out the new VPN client that will work on exported BorderManager 3.6 and 3.7 VPN servers.

26 Jul 2002
BorderManager PROXY and CLNTRUST Update (tip)
Heads Up: Don't miss these fresh updates to BorderManager 3.7 PROXY and CLNTRUST.

19 Jul 2002
Clearing the Cache (tip)
How often should you be clearing the cache? Here's what our experts say:

12 Jul 2002
Configuring an External NTP Source with NetWare 5 (feature)
Don't miss this outstanding article about how to use NTP to poll time from External Time source over TCP/IP.

28 Jun 2002
BorderManager 3.7 90-day Eval Now Public (tip)
Finally! A downloadable eval version of NBM 3.7, with a built-in 90-day eval. Go for a test drive today.

28 Jun 2002
N2H2 Announces Filtering Solution for Novell BorderManager 3.7 (feature)
Heads Up: Novell BorderManager customers will soon have a choice of URL blocking solutions -- two industry leaders, SurfControl and N2H2!

28 Jun 2002
Tuning the NetWare 6 TCP/IP Stack via SET Parameters (feature)
Here's the latest in the continuing series of AppNotes articles by and for friends of NBM. Lots of goodies in here, including ways in which you can optimize the performance of the stack.

21 Jun 2002
Configuring Mail Proxy for Internal Mail servers (feature)
If you find you are unable to get mail in or out of the BorderManager Server, here are some troubleshooting techniques that should help you figure out what the problem is.

21 Jun 2002
Catching the Person Printing Contraband (tip)
Here's an ingenious way to find out who's been leaving printouts lying around of stuff that's prohibited by your company policies. This could be a very helpful technique as you try to keep the workplace or schools free of harassment.

14 Jun 2002
Packet Filter Exceptions (feature)
Here are the default packet filter exceptions that ship with NBM, and some examples of other ones you can add. Special bonus: how to restore the defaults if you mess things up.

14 Jun 2002
Changing the Slave VPN (tip)
It's very simple to change the slave VPN, but you absolutely must proceed in the correct order. Here's how to do it.

14 Jun 2002
SOCKS and SPAM (tip)
Here's a security issue you should know about. You can relay off the BorderManager SOCKS proxy if access rules are not set up.

10 Jun 2002
BorderManager Logging Configuration (feature)
Marcus Williamson shared several deployment documents he has written for clients, and has graciously allowed us to excerpt sections that we think will be of interest to you. Here's an excellent overview of how to configure BorderManager Logging.

7 Jun 2002
Novell BorderManager Filter Configuration through iManager (feature)
In Novell BorderManager (NBM) 3.7, filter configuration can be done from Novell iManager, a Web browser-based utility, as well as from the server console (FILTCFG). Check out this great new AppNote that offers all the details.

31 May 2002
Comparing BorderManager with Other Products (feature)
In case you (or your boss) are wondering, here's a matrix showing how BorderManager 3.7 stacks up against the competition.

31 May 2002
Selecting Server Size (feature)
When you're planning your BorderManager installation, the size of your servers is a critical consideration.

31 May 2002
Customizing the Proxy Error Page (feature)
Find out how to customize the look and feel of the proxy error page.

24 May 2002
Expanded BorderManager Reporting (feature)
If you want customized reports, but lack the staff or internal resources to build your own, here are some good options to consider.

24 May 2002
Bug Fixes included in BorderManager 3.7 (feature)
By popular demand, here's a comprehensive list of all the bug fixes in BorderManager 3.7.

24 May 2002
Mail Proxy Parameters (feature)
If you use the BorderManager Mail Proxy, these keywords must be added to the [BM Mail Proxy] section of the SYS:\ETC\PROXY\PROXY.CFG.

24 May 2002
Using Cookie-based Authentication with a Forward Proxy (feature)
BorderManager can associate a unique cookie with each user so that requests can be tracked. Here is how it works.

17 May 2002
Dealing with Instant Messaging Security Issues (trench)
Many of you are grappling with the issues of handling Instant Messaging security, and more and more business owners are asking for guidelines and recommendations on how to deal with it. Come read this excellent article to help you understand the issues. OPEN CALL: We'd love to know how you are handling security for Instant Messaging in your companies.

17 May 2002
Runtime Switches in BorderManager 3.7 (feature)
To improve the ability to manage Access Control Rules, these runtime switches have been added.

17 May 2002
Authenticating to a Non-BorderManager Parent Proxy Server Using HTTP (feature)
The proxy module can be configured to send a proxy-authorization header when forwarding a request to a CERN parent. Here's how to do it.

10 May 2002
Setting up BorderManager Authentication Services on NetWare 6 (feature)
Support guy Joe Harmon knows that a picture is worth a whole lot of time on the support line. He put this document together -- complete with screen captures -- to walk us all through the installation of the BorderManager Authentication Services suite on NetWare 6.

9 May 2002
Security Benchmarks and Tools (tip)
Heads Up: The Center for Internet Security released five new free security benchmarks and tools this week. Check it out.

9 May 2002
Highest BorderManager Server on Earth (trench)
We found a BorderManager server in Invercargill, New Zealand, and it looks like the lowest on earth (so far). Anyone from Argentina want to take issue with that?

9 May 2002
Beginner's Guides Updated (tip)
Heads up: there have been updates to both of Craig Johnson's excellent books 'A Beginner's Guide to BorderManager 3.x' and 'Novell BorderManager: A Beginner's Guide to Configuring Filter Exceptions'.

3 May 2002
Using Access Control and Caching to Fight Limited Bandwidth (feature)
A problem that almost every business faces today is rapidly increasing utilization of limited bandwidth. Unfortunately, frequent widening of pipes is impractical due to the astronomical cost of leading-edge circuit types and their supporting hardware. Come see how access control and caching can leverage existing technology to improve performance.

3 May 2002
URL Blocking vs. Content Filtering (feature)
The terms "URL blocking" and "content filtering" have been used interchangeably around here for quite some time. That's worked so far because all Novell BorderManager has done is URL blocking. That won't always be the case. So let's establish some definitions now and get thinking in the right mode for what's to come.

25 Apr 2002
New NBM 3.7 Files (feature)
Heads Up: Here are a couple of new files you'll want to check out. One is an update to FILTSRV.NLM, and the other is the BorderManager 3.7 VPN client.

25 Apr 2002
SurfControl with NBM 3.7 (tip)
We've had a number of questions about the SurfControl functionality that is shipped with NBM 3.7. Here's the scoop.

25 Apr 2002
NBM Logging and Reporting (trench)
NBM ships with a limited set of reports, and many people want more. Here are some partners who offer more choices.

18 Apr 2002
Charge for Internet use with inGOT (trench)
Here's a cool partner tool that can help you keep a lid on Internet usage by letting you bill your users for the time they spend surfing. This is being used widely in New Zealand and Australian schools, and it's worth a look.

18 Apr 2002
Comparing the Novell BorderManager Versions (feature)
See at a glance all the features in the various versions of BorderManager, from 2.1 to the brand-new 3.7.

17 Apr 2002
TCP/IP FAQ (feature)
The Novell TCP/IP FAQ provides answers to a selection of common questions on the various protocols (IP, TCP, UDP and others) that make up the TCP/IP protocol suite.

12 Apr 2002
ACLCheck and Group Membership (tip)
Scott Jones sheds some light on the best way to configure ACLCheck to walk the tree and do group membership checks.

12 Apr 2002
Rule Placement Concepts (tip)
Here are a few things to keep in mind when you're deciding where to place your rules.

12 Apr 2002
BorderManager 3.7 90-day evaluation license (tip)
Heads up: The English-only CD of NBM 3.7 that ships on April 17th has a trial license built into the install. However, that license will have already expired by the time you get your hands on it. (Oops.) Here's the right one.

5 Apr 2002
Preventing Abends when PROXY.NLM is Unloaded (tip)
If your BorderManager server hangs or abends when PROXY.NLM is unloaded, here's the solution.

5 Apr 2002
Managing Browser Configuration for Novell BorderManager Proxy Clients (feature)
Check out this new AppNote which describes the various approaches to configuring and distributing your client browser configurations to match updated proxy configuration in your environment.

5 Apr 2002
DA Placement (feature)
If you have pure IP VPN clients, here's a configuration tip to remember.

29 Mar 2002
Novell Product IP Port Usage (tip)
Here's a useful reference to tuck into your bag of tricks.

21 Mar 2002
BRDSTATS v1.50a (trench)
Even more fresh! Simon Begin shares this updated version of his excellent tool. This program scans proxy server common log files and creates HTML files containing a wide range of very revealing statistics, such as Top 20 Web Sites, Traffic Analysis, Top URLs for Top Users, and many more. Keep an eagle eye on the Internet usage in your system, with Simon's help.

21 Mar 2002
XP and the VPN client (tip)
Readers have written wondering if anyone has used the VPN client with XP Pro. Here's one that has been vouched for by one of our experts.

21 Mar 2002
BorderManager Server behind ADSL Modem (tip)
If you have multiple locations with ADSL modems that support PPPoE, you may be looking to set up site-to-site VPN connections. Scott Jones shares a couple of ways to approach this situation.

15 Mar 2002
Troubleshooting IP Problems (feature)
Here is one of the magic tricks of resolving IP problems on NetWare. Renaming NETINFO.CFG and TCPIP.CFG, then re-entering the networking config in INETCFG often fixes inexplicable communications problems. Come get the details.

15 Mar 2002
What's New in Novell BorderManager 3.7? (feature)
Come find out all the new features in the upcoming Novell BorderManager 3.7.

15 Mar 2002
Blocking FTP Downloads with an Access Rule (tip)
If you are having trouble making an access rule that will effectively block FTP downloads through the browser, here are some troubleshooting tips from the exceptionally helpful Catarina Luppi.

15 Mar 2002
BorderManager Proxy Statistics Tool (tool)
Scan BorderManager log files and create useful reports in HTML.

8 Mar 2002
Filter Support and VPN (tip)
If you have a VPN server that you do not want to do any packet filtering, here's a nice little trick.

8 Mar 2002
Crossing Two Proxies (tip)
We heard from a reader who wants to know if he can put an NBM proxy in front of an existing net appliance proxy and an existing firewall. Short answer: Yes. Longer answer here.

8 Mar 2002
Disabling Warnings for Users (tip)
Want to shield your regular users from those mystifying disk-space warning messages? Here's a suggestion.

1 Mar 2002
Real-time Computer Monitoring (trench)
David Merrett recommends a cool product that will send an alert to the admin whenever someone tries to access a site that's banned. Catch them in the act, while it's hard to deny.

1 Mar 2002
Blocking Instant Messengers (tip)
If you're looking for ways to block the use of Instant Messengers, you're in for a rough road. Check out these ideas from people in the Government sector, who hate to waste taxpayer money on people who AIM each other all day instead of working.

1 Mar 2002
Tracking usage of Instant Messaging Clients (trench)
Many companies are beginning to pay attention to the usage of instant messaging clients by their employees, and several people have written to see if BorderManager can help. Here's one idea.

22 Feb 2002
NDS user Authorization with a Radius-aware Network Access Server (tip)
Using Radius to authenticate users is a common solution for many Network Access Server implementations. Using the same technology to provide authorization for NDS users is another option available with BorderManager Authentication Services.

22 Feb 2002
Measuring Traffic Flow with MRTG (tip)
If you're looking for a way to keep track of the traffic on your routers, MRTG is definitely worth a look. It's our favorite kind of thing: it works, it's field-hardened, and it's free.

15 Feb 2002
Server Sizing and Other Hardware Issues (feature)
Updated: Scott Jones, product manager for Novell BorderManager and passionate security zealot, explains the delicate art of hardware selection for your BorderManager server. Don't miss this one.

15 Feb 2002
Clearing the Cache Quickly (tip)
Tommy Mikkelsen shares a tip on how to clear the proxy cache in record time, so you can get your users up and running much faster.

15 Feb 2002
Trust But Verify: A Guide to Using E-mail Correspondence (tip)
Heads Up: This is a very good paper written by the National Infrastructure Protection Center. It contains seven tips for protecting yourself and your company from email viruses, and is probably worth passing along to your users.

8 Feb 2002
Novell Licensing Services (NLS) and BorderManager Issues (feature)
Novell Licensing Services (NLS) and BorderManager have not coexisted very well. Here are some optimization tips that help them live together in peace.

8 Feb 2002
Transparent Proxy Limitations (tip)
If you have to keep an eye on your users' Internet activity, be aware of the current limitations of transparent proxy.

8 Feb 2002
Ye Old DOS Client (tip)
Jessica, our cheerful, yet long-suffering Novell webmaster, has received so many requests for the classic old DOS Client that she has arranged for us to post it in our Free Tools section.

30 Jan 2002
Performance of BorderManager 3.6 vs. 3.5 (tip)
For those of you just now upgrading to BorderManager 3.6, here's a nice little list of changes you should look for.

25 Jan 2002
Developing an Access Rules Plan (feature)
There are many things to consider when developing an Access Rules plan for your company, and any time you spend during the planning stages will pay off big time during the implementation and beyond. Scott Jones shares some excellent guidelines and tips to help you plan wisely.

25 Jan 2002
How to Use Wildcards in Access Rules (tip)
Writing Access Rules? Wildcards can become your new best friend. Here are some examples to get you started.

25 Jan 2002
Login Policy Object Interfering With VPN (tip)
If you're having trouble getting VPN clients to authenticate, check out this nice little troubleshooting tip.

18 Jan 2002
VPN Client (Win2000/98/95/NT) and Silent Install (feature)
This is important info and is currently kind of hard to find in the body of a README. So here it is, for your reading and printing pleasure.

18 Jan 2002
Traffic Shaper (tip)
Highly recommended by BorderManager gurus is this nice free tool, which we have just added to our Downloadables Page. It's worth a look if you're looking for a way to manage your server bandwidth.

18 Jan 2002
Lord of the Rings (tip)
In case you're wondering how BorderManager stacks up in the firewall business, here's some cool info from a recent IDC report.

18 Jan 2002
Keep an Eye on Internet Traffic with NETMON (tip)
NETMON is a protocol analyzer that runs on NetWare. It can be useful in developing your Novell BorderManager packet filtering policy. Find out what people are actually using the Internet for, so that your firewall policy balances security with usability.

11 Jan 2002
Filter Exceptions for Basic Internet Traffic (tip)
In response to some reader questions, Cyle Dibble of our Advisory Board shared this list of TIDs that you should find useful in setting up filters for basic Internet traffic.

11 Jan 2002
Understanding Novell BorderManager's HTTP Proxy Logs (feature)
Don't miss this new AppNote by the resident genius from Connectotel Ltd. Marcus, we are proud to note, is a member of the BorderManager Cool Solutions Advisory Board, as well as the eDirectory Cool Solutions Advisory Board.

5 Jan 2002
Dial-in Authentication (feature)
Looking for a way to let your users maintain a single password for both onsite and offsite access? Here are some ideas from our own Marcus Williamson.

5 Jan 2002
Security Testing Online (tip)
Cool Reader Vincent M. raised an issue that's of interest to many NBM users. He is looking for sites where he can test BorderManager Security, in order to get a second opinion on a consultant's recommendation. Come see what Scott Jones has to say about that.

4 Jan 2002
New Version of ADM.NLM for BorderManager 3.5 and 3.6 (tip)
Heads Up: Here's a patch that will fix the abend you might get with multiple Access Challenges.

28 Dec 2001
No more tears! (Abends) (trench)
Robert posted this gem in the Proxy Forum, and we thought you might want to see it. He explains how an extra line in his proxy.cfg saved the day.

28 Dec 2001
Fifty Security Tools (feature)
From the popular comes this excellent list of the fifty security tools most often recommended by those in NMAP (Network Mapper) community.

20 Dec 2001
Minimal Rights for Configuring BorderManager (feature)
Wondering what rights are required to be able to configure BorderManager? Here's what you need.

20 Dec 2001
Improving VPN Throughput (tip)
We have seen some questions about whether BorderManager 3.6 might have some VPN throughput limitations. Not so! Just tweak your settings.

20 Dec 2001
Keeping track of RADIUS Login Info (tip)
Looking for a way to track how long your users are staying logged in via RADIUS? Here's how you do it.

14 Dec 2001
Splitting Traffic (tip)
Three ideas of how to set things up so you can have one pipe to handle email, and another one to handle web stuff.

13 Dec 2001
Resetting the Default BorderManager Filters (tip)
If you've configured a bunch of BorderManager filters, and would like to erase them all and start fresh with the default filters that ship with the product, here's how to do it.

13 Dec 2001
Security Threats for NetWare and eDirectory (feature)
Here are some common security issues that you might have encountered in your work with NetWare and eDirectory. If you've had a close encounter with one of them, let us know how you dealt with it, and we'll send you a Novell t-shirt for your trouble.

6 Dec 2001
Hierarchical Cache: Using Novell BorderManager and Volera Excelerator together (feature)
Learn how these two products combined in a hierarchical proxy/cache infrastructure can enable you to improve user productivity and network performance without the huge investment of a new network infrastructure.

6 Dec 2001
How to install BorderManager 3.6 on NetWare 6 (tip)
By popular demand, here are short and sweet instructions for you to savor and enjoy.

6 Dec 2001
What is CLNTRUST? (tip)
Marcus Williamson of our Advisory Board explains how BorderManager handles authentication, and how CLNTRUST fits into the picture.

30 Nov 2001
Security Services Solutions (feature)
Check out this great White Paper, which explains how you can participate in the net economy securely using Novell BorderManager. This is the perfect kind of thing to send your executives to help them understand why you NEED this tool.

30 Nov 2001
Setting up BorderManager for Real Player and Quicktime (trench)
In response to our Open Call for suggestions, here's what we've gotten so far. If you have experiences to share, we'd love to hear from you.

30 Nov 2001
Enhancements in BorderManager 3.6 Support Pack 1a (feature)
Come see all the enhancements in the new Support Pack 1a. It contains updates for all services contained in the BorderManager 3.6 product along with added support for NetWare 6 installations.

20 Nov 2001
Updated PROXY.NLM (feature)
Have you heard about the newest build of PROXY.NLM? Don't be the last one on your block to get it.

20 Nov 2001
A Closer Look at SOCKS (tip)
Ever wonder exactly what SOCKS is, and why it's important to BorderManager? Here's the scoop.

20 Nov 2001
BorderManager Feature Comparison Chart (feature)
Here is a terrific BorderManager Comparision chart which lists the differences in each BorderManager release from 2.1 to 3.6. Print it, tack it to the wall, memorize it, and sound like a genius.

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