Offline Firewall Rule Builder



  • Hi Folks - Over that last couple of years I have made changes, reconfiguration, experiments, etc. on my home network. While there are not many users, I guess my firewall rules are a little bit complex. Of course, there has been more than one misstep and now there are some "funky" things happening.

    I'd like to start fresh but want to minimize downtime (my spouse and son would not appreciate a full day with the network down ☺). I also host a couple of sites for a friend of mine (not critical but he has a number of users who visit his sites) that I would like to keep offline for a short as possible as well.

    So, the question: Is there a good offline firewall rule builder where I can create the firewall rules (and network interfaces and VLANs for that matter)? Something that I can set up the interfaces, etc., create the firewall rules, export the configuration and restore the configuration to the physical pfSense box?

    Thanks!



  • @nfld_republic

    Hi,

    PfSense does not have an offline rule(s), etc. builder.

    If you already have a smaller network as described + web server + etc..
    You may want to create a virtualized pfSense as a test environment.
    You can pre-configure, test, and if everything works well you can apply it live.

    In case you can keep the number of interfaces the physical type of hardware(s) "NIC", even for a virtualized environment, things will be even easier when migrating the configuration.

    @nfld_republic "I'd like to start fresh but want to minimize downtime (my spouse and son would not appreciate a full day with the network down ☺). I also host a couple of sites for a friend of mine (not critical but he has a number of users who visit his sites) that I would like to keep offline for a short as possible as well."

    and in the end you can keep both your family and your friend 😉

    ++++edit:
    we have a larger system so we keep real test units up for testing...
    a VM is perfect for your purposes
    (but we also have a VM☺ )



  • @nfld_republic said in Offline Firewall Rule Builder:

    So, the question: Is there a good offline firewall rule builder where I can create the firewall rules (and network interfaces and VLANs for that matter)? Something that I can set up the interfaces, etc., create the firewall rules, export the configuration and restore the configuration to the physical pfSense box?

    Thanks!

    Seems like another pfSense machine, or VM would help.



  • Thanks folks. Google University didn't turn anything up so I didn't think that there was much of a chance that one existed. What I was hoping for was a rule builder where I could have the same interface names, etc. and then simply upload the new configuration.

    Thanks anyway - appreciate it.


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