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  1. Sophos UTM (formerly Astaro Security Gateway) Reviews, Specs ...
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Gets the Job Done but could be better

So you can’t login to the Sophos UTM WebAdmin interface anymore. Perhaps you’ve made a configuration change and locked yourself out, or perhaps you’ve just forgotten your password. I locked myself out a couple of times when playing around with the new 2 Factor Authentication feature in the Sophos UTM 9.2 Beta. The Sophos Authentication Agent client communicates with the UTM by sending to what is referred to as the 'magic IP' For remote clients to be able to use SAA through a full IPSec VPN tunnel, you need to add the definition for the 'Magic IP' to both ends of the tunnel. To do this follow the steps below.

We purchased two SG430 Sophos UTM appliances in February 2015. They are being run master and slave for redundancy. We are primarily using them for email, endpoint, and web protection. Previously we were using Barracuda for web, a Sophos email appliance for email protection, and a Sophos SAV server for antivirus. The UTM is adequate, but is not as good as the standalone products.

What are the pros?

The best part was the cost. With the UTM, we were able to get redundancy and replace three systems (web, email, and antivirus) for about the cost of two standalone systems. Our Barracuda device had failed, and the previous Sophos appliance/servers were due for replacement/renewal.

What are the cons?

Our system administrator has been frustrated with the UTM for antivirus endpoint administration. Previously he was used to the Sophos Enterprise Console on a standalone SAV server. The UTM is very slow in the Endpoint section of the web interface once we got more endpoints added (we have around 500). It is not as granular, or flexible to use, and deployment is done separately from the UTM.
The Barracuda web filter had more flexible/granular options, and was easier to make changes and have changes go into effect. Sometimes changes made on the UTM do not work.
The separate Sophos email appliance had some additional options not present in the UTM. Blacklisting needs more granularity.

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Sophos UTM (formerly Astaro Security Gateway) Reviews, Specs ...

11,109 downloadsUpdated: July 1, 2014Free for non-commercial use
Astaro Utm

An award-winning, yet commercial network security solution packed as a Linux distro

Sophos UTM (formerly Astaro Security Linux) is a commercial operating system designed from the ground up to be deployed as a firewall, gateway, anti-virus solution, intrusion protection system (IDS), VPN (Virtual Private Network), spam filtering, spyware protection and content filtering solution on small and medium-sized networks.

Available as a dual-arch, installable-only CD image

Sophos MyUTM Licensing Portal

This product is available for download as a 30-day full featured trial, packaged as an installable-only CD image of approximately 650MB in size, suitable for both 32-bit (i386) and 64-bit (x86_64) hardware platforms.

Boot options

The boot menu is very minimal, instructing users that the installation will completely erase all data on the target drive, including the currently installed operating system and all applications.

To start the installation, just press the Enter key when you see the boot prompt, which will appear immediately after you have booted the CD/USB media from the BIOS of the PC.

Sophos UTM: How to access the UTM shell via SSH using PuTTY

To view the recommended hardware requirements and possible boot options, do not hesitate to press the F1 key on your keyboard. Pressing the F3 key will display a troubleshooting screen.

The distro is quite easy to install, despite the fact that it features a text-mode installer

The distro is quite easy to install, despite the fact that it features a text-mode installer that requires you to select a keyboard layout, timezone, set the date and time, configure the network interfaces and partition the disk. To access its web-based interface and configure the system, open a web browser from another computer on the same network and point it to the IP address posted at the end of the installation.

Bottom line

If you own a small or medium-sized business and you want a strong, secure and commercially supported server-oriented operating system to block unwanted spam, filter web content, protect your employees from spyware and viruses, as well as to deploy a capable Virtual Private Network (VPN) gateway or Intrusion Protection System (IDS), then Sophos UTM is for you.

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Sophos UTM was reviewed by Marius Nestor
  • 30 day all feature on trial period

Astaro Unified Threat Management (UTM)

New in Sophos UTM 9.1:
  • Major Features:
  • Endpoint: Web Protection for UTM Endpoint
  • Network/RED/Wifi: Support for MAC Address Filtering
  • RED: Offline Provisioning Mode
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