PacketFence Zero Effort NAC (ZEN) 1.8.7

PacketFence Zero Effort NAC (ZEN) consists of a fully installed and preconfigured version of PacketFence 1.8.7 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 http://www.packetfence.org/tour/screenshots.html and a set of videos is available from http://www.packetfence.org/tour/videos.html

=== Changes Since Previous Release ===

PacketFence ZEN 1.8.7 includes:

* Improvements of PacketFence 1.8.7 (including a security fix)
* Updated the base operating system with all available security updates

For the complete list of changes in PacketFence 1.8.7 see http://www.packetfence.org/en/news/2010/article/packetfence-187-released.html.

=== 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 :

http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/packetfence/packetfence-1.8.7.tar.gz?download

or by getting the sources from the official monotone server using the instructions at http://www.packetfence.org/development/source_code_repository.html

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

http://www.packetfence.org/download/documentation.html

=== 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 (http://www.packetfence.org/support/community.html)
* 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 support@inverse.ca

You can also fill our online form (http://www.inverse.ca/about/contact.html) 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 2010-01-08

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