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SolarWinds Firewall Browser is a powerful desktop software tool that searches through firewall configurations and rulesets to aid network and security engineers with the frequent and time-consuming task of firewall change requests.

 

Through its extensive, yet simple to use search capabilities, Firewall Browser immensely eases the challenges associated with firewall change requests and troubleshooting. It provides a single, intuitive interface to quickly and easily search through unlimited firewall configurations and ACL’s, which are often quite complex, to help ensure a change doesn’t adversely affect the security or service availability of critical hosts.

 

With Firewall Browser, you can:

    • Perform searches on a mixed vendor inventory from a single interface
    • Search rulesets based on IP address, object name, service or port
    • Verify if a change request is already handled by the security rules
    • Find the best rules and objects that can be reused for making a change
    • Figure out the impact of a change to an object group

 

Firewall Browser allows you to import and search unlimited Cisco®, Check Point® and Netscreen® configurations for free—no license expiration. It’s the only free firewall configuration search tool to support unlimited searches on a mixed vendor inventory from a single convenient place.

    

Like all of SolarWinds free tools, Firewall Browser was developed based on the principal that a free tool should be simple to use, functionally-rich, and add value to save you time and make your job a little easier. All of SolarWinds free tools are yours to download and use forever – no strings attached!

 

Click here to download the free Firewall Browser.

I would like to announce availability of IP Address Manager (IPAM) 3.1.1. This is a service release and it fixes reported issues and problems.

But it also adds one very widely requested feature - integration with our UDT product. If you are interested what port is used by your IP address or who (what account) is currently using it then IPAM is a right place where you can see all this information together.

 

You can see this integration on the IP Address Management Tab and see following new colums there:

  • UDT port
  • Currently connected user(s)
  • Connected switch ID (IP or link to node)

 

IPAM 3.1.1 also adds full support for Windows 2012 Server and Windows 8 (evaluation only) which means that IPAM can also manage and monitor Windows 2012 DHCP & DNS services

 

Our team also added a small UI improvement so now you can see related subnets, IP Address exclusions or split scopes for each DHCP scope.

Besides what's above, there is a list of issues and bugs that were fixed. You may see full list on IPAM release notes page.

 

You may download this version from your customer portal and directly upgrade your current IPAM 3.1 instance.

It's a new month which calls for a new monthly mission!  Complete February's mission before February 28th and you'll earn 500 points!

 

February's Mission

Rate 25 pieces of content (documents, blog posts, and/or polls)

 

Pretty simple, huh?  As always, please be honest with your reviews as these are viewed by users and can assist in their search for a quality document, blog post, etc.

 

Upon completion of this mission, you will earn 500 points along with a new badge for your profile!

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You can check your status towards completing this mission in your profile (profile > missions tab > look for "Monthly Mission - February 2013"):

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This mission is repeatable.  So, get out there, help the community, and earn some points!  Another way to win?  Enter our Ambassador contest for an iPod Nano.

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