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Setting a static IP address in FreeBSD

If your FreeBSD install is currently set up to obtain an IP address automatically via DHCP, and you want to change it to use a static IP, this article is for you. If you want to set up any sort of server on the machine, it is advisable to set up a static IP address. The network interface address settings for FreeBSD are stored in the ‘/etc/rc.conf’ file and can manually be edited, however FreeBSD provides a nice GUI to…

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Updating FreeBSD using freebsd-update

FreeBSD provides the ‘freebsd-update’ tool to allow for easy checking/downloading/installation of security patches. Updating FreeBSD is a two stage process. You need to first download (or ‘fetch’) the updated packages, and then you need to actually install the updated packages. This two stage process allows you to set up a cron job to routinely check and download updates, while still leaving the actual installation of the updates for when the administrator wants to install them. Note: These commands must be…

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Enable su access for users in FreeBSD

On a default installation of FreeBSD you will find that you can’t SSH into the server using the root account, and any accounts that you have added, can’t run the ‘su’ command to elevate to root. To enable ‘su’ access, the user needs to be part of the ‘wheel’ group. Note: These commands must be run from an account that has root privileges. To add a user (in this example, a user called ‘administrator’) to the wheel group, run the…

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Enter key stopped working in Firefox location bar

If you have Firefox and AVG Antivirus installed on the same PC, you may find that at some stage you are unable to press the enter key in the location bar in Firefox, and have to resort to hitting the -> arrow to the right of the location bar manually. This is caused by the “AVG Safe Search” addon for Firefox. You will want to load up the Firefox Add-ons manager (Ctrl+Shift+a), and disable the “AVG Safe Search” add-on. This…

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Write m0n0wall image to CF card in Windows

This guide will outline how to write the m0n0wall embedded image to a compact flash card in windows. In this ‘how to’, I will be using the embedded-1.33.img image. Download the image file that suits your requirements from http://m0n0.ch/wall/ Download the physdiskwrite application from http://m0n0.ch/wall/physdiskwrite.php and extract it to the same folder that your m0n0wall image is saved in. Open a command prompt window. (Note: if you are using Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 2008, make sure you run the command prompt…

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