Yet another firewall question or three...

Discussion in 'Virtual PC' started by E. Telly Kelly, Sep 8, 2006.

  1. Before I get to the questio(s), let me first apologize for the
    long-winded nature of this post and, second, give you the system setups
    (there are two).

    Home: VPC7 running Windows 2000 under OS 10.4.6 on a G4 Mac behind a
    router and firewall.

    Work: VPC7 running Windows 2000 under OS 10.4.7 on a G5 Mac on a
    (presumably) firewalled Windows Server network.

    In both cases, the VM is using shared networking (On the office system,
    I get an error message that, although virtual switching is configured
    correctly, the guest can't use it - couched in proper error-messagese,
    of course).

    Having read various and sundry articles here, it appears that I need to
    apply firewall and AV software to the VMs although budgets (both my
    personal one and that of the municipal governmrnt for which I work)
    being what they are, I've been looking at freeware options.

    I've tried Comodo on the work system and iit seems to faiil
    ungracefully every time that the VM starts up. Does anyone have any
    experience with freeware fiewalls in the environment(s) described that
    they could recommend?

    As to AV software, while I haven't checked with the MIS folks at work
    regarding the office network's AV software, I'm assuming that the VM,
    using the Mac's IP address and *NOT* automatiically identifying itself
    as a Win2K machine on thr city's network when starting up, would not be
    getting the latest automatic AV updates from the city's servers at
    startup. (Are they "pushed" when a computer authenticates on the
    network, or are they "pulled" by a login script...? Yet another thing
    that I don't know and probably need to find out from MIS... ["Dammit,
    Jim; I'm a Graphic Artist, not a SysAdmin!"])

    The possibility is that I can piggyback on the city's AV setup but, if
    not (and definitely for the home system) does anyone have any free AV
    recommendations (easy to set up and with sufficiently frequent AV
    signature updates) that they could recommend?

    Any help here is greatly appreciated.

    E. Telly Kelly, Sep 8, 2006
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    microsoft.public.virtualpc news group, E. Telly Kelly
    Please post to the microsoft.public.mac.virtualpc news group. This one
    is for the Windows version of VPC.

    Paul Adare - MVP Virtual Machines
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    Paul Adare, Sep 8, 2006
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