Author: Tom Finnis

Introduction to Cisco ASA 5500 Series Adaptive Security Appliances

with 2 Comments by Tom Finnis

The ASA 5500 series is the successor to Cisco's PIX range of firewall devices, providing industry standard routing and firewall functionality with a range of models designed for teleworker right up to large datacenter scenarios. In this article Cisco expert Tom Finnis will focus on the 5505 and 5510 models aimed at branch and head office deployments, highlighting key features and capabilities.

Configuring Exchange 2007 as an Authenticated or Anonymous SMTP Relay

with 14 Comments by Tom Finnis

We've recently had to configure a couple of client's SBS2008 Exchange 2007 servers to act as SMTP relays for remote users. Why not just use OWA or Outlook Anywhere? It mostly seems to be Mac users, in particular those with "MobileMe", which insists on IMAP and SMTP to communicate with the mail server. Adding authenticated SMTP in Exchange 2003 was a pretty simple process, but the procedure in 2007 is not so obvious - read on to find out how to do that, and enable anonymous relaying too.

Physical to Virtual Conversion of Linux Servers with VMware Converter BootCD

with 6 Comments by Tom Finnis

Although VMware Converter 4 now has Linux support there are still a number of limitations to what servers you will be able to convert. Written for Windows people, this guide by VMware Pro Tom Finnis explains how to use the Converter BootCD to convert any physical server to a virtual image, and how to resolve the problems you're likely to encounter without needing advanced Linux skills.

ESXi 4.0 – Installing In “Embedded” Mode

with 7 Comments by Tom Finnis

VMware ESXi 4.0 provides enhanced support for installing in "embedded" mode, so the host server does not need any physical disks installed. For vSphere Infrastructures utilizing SAN storage this allows diskless operation, reducing hardware costs and improving boot times. In this article Tom Finnis demonstrates how to do this with Hewlett Packard's new G6 series servers using their built-in SD card slot.