[afripv6-discuss] IPv6 on NetASQ firewall U450-A

Loganaden Velvindron loganaden at gmail.com
Thu Jul 25 16:02:13 SAST 2013

On Thu, Jul 25, 2013 at 2:56 PM, Nishal Goburdhan <ndg at ieee.org> wrote:

> On 24 Jul 2013, at 1:41 PM, sara at suin.edu.sd wrote:
> > Hi every one
> hi sara,
> > I'm looking for some helping in getting some equipment in our network
> IPv6 enabled.
> >
> > In our organisation we have a NetASQ firewall U450-A. Software version
> 9.0.1.
> > And, of course, we want to enable IPv6 on it, os that we can connect the
> rest of our network...
> > We already know that IPv6 Routing of IPv6 packets is now supported on
> this software version, but this option appears to be disabled by default
> and can only be configured in the CLI.
> > I'm not certain of the best approach to doing this; one thing that
> worries me, is that hacking around in the CLI might not necessarily produce
> the results that we need.
> >
> > I've written to the NetASQ support team twice now for assistance, as I
> can't seem to find any documentation online to support what I'd need.
> > Sadly, they have not responded yet.
> > So, I thought I'd reach out to the community for assistance.
> > Does anyone have here have contacts at NetASQ, or experience using this
> device for IPv6 ?
> i don't.  and i agree - it's probably not a good idea to chance the CLI
> without vendor assistance, as future upgrade could easily nullify your work.
> i don't have experience with that, and, sadly, don't know anyone that has,
> either.
> what i could suggest:
> * do you have a spare device like this, that you can run tests on?  that
> sounds obvious, but if you do, and if you can get it online in some sort of
> controlled lab environment, perhaps the good folks here can assist.  i know
> a few folks that wouldn't mind poking around on new/different hardware...
> * my google-fu says that 9.0.1 is the last version of code for your
> platform;  i'm *always* wary of advising folks to use the "newest and
> greatest" in their production environments.  operational clue says that you
> let this bake in for a while before use.  in your case, my worry for you
> would be that there doesn't seem to be a later release available for you;
>  so if you do run into a service affecting problem, you don't have any
> other recourse.
> it's disappointing that your vendor isn't responding.  have you tried your
> reseller (the person you purchased this from) ?
> (i wonder if vendors truly realise the detriment that they create through
> non-support in today's well-connected society :-/)
> my usual rule of:  vote with your wallet, is probably useful to apply here
>  ;-)
> have you considered an alternative - say FreeBSD + pf, or is that not an
> option?
NetASQ uses FreeBSD as its embedded OS. I think that a FreeBSD box is a
sensible solution, and you
can get pretty good support by asking on freebsd-net or IRC.

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