PacketFence Zero Effort NAC (ZEN) 1.8.6

PacketFence Zero Effort NAC (ZEN) consists of a fully installed and preconfigured version of PacketFence 1.8.6 inside a VMWare image. The ZEN edition of PacketFence allows you to rapidly get PacketFence running in your network environment.

=== What is PacketFence ? ===

PacketFence is an open-source network access control (NAC) system which provides an impressive list of supported features. Among them, there are :

* Registration using a captive portal
* Detection of abnormal network activities using Snort
* Proactive vulnerability scans using Nessus
* Isolation of problematic devices
* Remediation through a captive portal
* 802.1X for wired and wireless networks
* Wireless integration for all provided features
* DHCP fingerprinting and more!

A set of screenshots demonstrating PacketFence is available from and a set of videos is available from

=== Changes Since Previous Release ===

PacketFence ZEN 1.8.6 includes:

* Image is now in the more accessible zip format
* ZEN image now uses our PacketFence yum repository so you can easily upgrade your ZEN to our latest release!
* The virtual machine now has as default gateway and DNS server, which is a reasonable default for most environments

But more importantly, it includes all the improvements of PacketFence 1.8.5 and 1.8.6. For the complete list of changes, see and

=== Getting PacketFence ===

PacketFence is free software and is distributed under the GNU GPL. As such, you are free to download and try it by either getting the new release from :

or by getting the sources from the official monotone server using the instructions at

Documentation about the installation and configuration of PacketFence is available from :

=== How Can I Help ? ===

PacketFence is a collaborative effort in order to create the best Free and Open Source NAC solution. There are multiple ways you can contribute to the project :

* Documentation reviews, enhancements and translations
* Feature requests or by sharing your ideas
* Participate in the discussion on mailing lists (
* Patches for bugs or enhancements
* Provide new translations of remediation pages

=== Getting Support ===

For any questions, do not hesitate to contact us by writing to

You can also fill our online form ( and a representative from Inverse will contact you.

Inverse offers professional services to organizations willing to secure their wired and wireless networks with the PacketFence solution.

Posted by Olivier Bilodeau 2009-12-07

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