CLARKCONNECT 5.0 ADMINISTRATION MANUAL PDF

On those that were wireless…after some intense packet sniffing, I logged into their network and began surfing the web. The bottom line is…most routers, if not configured correctly and used to full potential, are wide open and provide only a few functions. To combat this in the past, I used to use Red Hat 7. That distro is ClarkConnect. ClarkConnect is based on CentOS 4.

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On those that were wireless…after some intense packet sniffing, I logged into their network and began surfing the web. The bottom line is…most routers, if not configured correctly and used to full potential, are wide open and provide only a few functions. To combat this in the past, I used to use Red Hat 7. That distro is ClarkConnect. ClarkConnect is based on CentOS 4.

X and offers a very robust set of tools organized into easy to navigate administration pages. However, ClarkConnect throws in extras such as the ability to use Samba and set it up as a PDC Primary Domain Controller , 2 click updates, a caching dns server, a transparent proxy to speed up web surfing, a pop up blocker built into the proxy, dansguardian with blacklisting, online log viewer…there just is a list of features WAY to long to list here.

I started using ClarkConnect at version 2. Back then, they used Red Hat Linux as their base. One thing that truly impresses me is that the home version remains free and open source despite the rise in business that ClarkConnect is currently enjoying. The people at Point Clark networks have a strong sense of community and they are continuously helping in the forums.

They are to be commended for keeping this version available to home users! Any problems you might have with CC can be and will be addressed in the community forums. If you get lost or need to understand something better at anytime, please check the userguides at clarkconnect. You can also download the Quickstart Guide to get things rolling as well. You can download and burn the 3. Please also be advised that if you do install ClarkConnect onto a computer, it will wipe the entire hard disk of all operating systems.

You should be greeted by the dashboard screen. Navigating to other areas is a snap with the menu bar at the top of the screen. Registering gives you a dynamic domain name yourname. You can also piece together other services should you decide to purchase them. Of course, since I use the home version, I choose only the dynamic DNS service which is free so that I can connect from work to my box at home. So, back to updating the system.

Any updates that are critical to the system, including kernel patches, will update themselves here. A window will pop up and show you apt-get progress. Close it when it states it is done. Feel free to browse other updates and install them at any time. This includes major updates to new versions as well. Updating to new versions is therefore extremely easy.

The upcoming ClarkConnect 4. You can also update via apt and the shell soon to be yum with the next release 4. You can cycle through other updates as well and even see some of the handy community contributed modules. Users To take a look at the users present and to have control over whether or not your users have shell accounts available, etc.

Head over to the users tab. Here you have ultimate control over all the users on your system. I leave one user and make the password as complex as I possibly can. I also change the password about once every 3 months to keep things secure. Whatever your security policy is, the web interface makes things easy to administer and easy to use.

This gives us a graphical overview of all hardware and current performance. Point Clark Networks is doing a great job helping small businesses have the functionality they need at an affordable price. Anyway, back to the review. This makes reading logs less of a hassle and something you can do without cracking the shell. Services Click the services tab. You can start, stop, enable at boot, or disable at boot any single service you see in this view.

The color scheme will tell you what is enabled Green and what service is disabled red. Take a look to make sure you have running what you need to have running…since CC defaults are safe, we can leave everything as it is or turn on whatever it is we need.

From there, you can backup all your settings in CC. One click snapshots means less configuring. It also makes things nice if you are planning on reinstalling. Proxy Server How about setting up a transparent proxy server to speed up your web browsing?

Point Clark and CC have you covered in a couple of point-clicks. Head over to the Software tab. You can setup cache space, enable download size limits, and set maximum object size. Start it up by clicking on the links Autostart if you choose. Pretty simple eh? Content Filter Now CC will automatically update your blacklists for content management for you. Point Clark networks has no problem with this, they simply have this in place to cater to their business clients to provide no-hassle management of their servers.

Head over to the folks at URLBlacklist. Download the bigblacklist. This is a one time free download for personal use. This is an up to date blacklisting that we can drop into our dansguardian directory to make sure that it is running with the latest and greatest. Drop all the contents of bigblacklist. Remember, you will need to either purchase a subscription through dansguardian, urlblacklist. Plus, you can do well to check out dmoz and their urlblacklists for squidguard which translate nicely into dansguardian for advanced users only.

You can also go straight to DHCP configuration which will allow your CC box to give computers connected behind it a network address. One thing that is a definitive plus for CC is the firewall manager. You can control incoming, outgoing, and port forwarding all from the web interface. I specifically like the group manager. Because it is handy if I want to use torrents, I setup a group to open up ports and forward to my desktop behind my CC box.

Handy eh? I enable both of these but will enter into the intrusion prevention exempt list my work IP address and all the addresses of my LAN. I just enable mine and let it go :D.

To read your intrusion detection and prevention logs, head over to your reports tab and then select the appropriate area on the left. Bandwidth Management One other area of interest here in the network tab is bandwidth management.

In this menu, you can enter in upload and download limits for bandwidth and take control of your network. ClarkConnect has common shares already in place for you. You can enable these or disable them. You can even add your own. Starting samba is once again just a point click away. There is also an advanced setup option for those of you who are a bit more experienced with samba.

In the future, when I expand to include a computer for my son, I will implement a PDC with roaming profiles so that all settings are backed up to ClarkConnect. Thus, if a computer fails, I still have all settings saved server side. But two other areas I wanted to discuss was ftp and webserver. CC uses proftp for their ftp server and apache 2 for their webserver. FTP and Webserver The webserver interface is handy.

Very handy. You can enable SSL for Apache by toggling a setting. You can setup a virtual host by typing in the webaddress. Dead easy. I usually create a vhost with CC on their web server interface…such as linuxblog. This was my old blog location when I hosted it at home with CC 2.

I now have a virtual host setup so that all requests for linuxblog. Handy and easy with ClarkConnect. Like I said, I create the vhosts with CC and then hand them off to webmin for more detailed configuration. If you notice in the picture in the previous paragraph, I have linuxblog. I use the no-ip service I previously blogged about to register this name. You are a few clicks away from having a fully operational ftp server. It is also open to anonymous connections. Please see the proftp homepage for more details.

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