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I am planing to have sonicwall TZ170, is it a good firewall to protect exchange and clients?

sonicwall TZ170, is it a good firewall to protect exchange 2003 and lan clients<
Does the anti spam works effeciently, and the antivirus gateway, Does it protect me from hacks?
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basbasbasCommented:
The TZ170 is an older model! We are using the TZ 190 (also older model) and  it is very good, we also have the comprehensive security suite, wich includes alsmost everything. Get your hands on a bundle, a device with the suite, it saves you a lot of money!

Take a look at http://www.sonicwall.com/benelux/295.html for a comparison of the current models.
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i_harfoushAuthor Commented:
Mr Basbas
actualy that's what I have in my company and there is no resource of money to replace right now, so is it oka as a firewall?
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basbasbasCommented:
Yep, it is ok! (Sorry for the short answer, but it simply is a good device!)
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i_harfoushAuthor Commented:
recently I paid to renew my suite for antivirus and antispam and content filter, It protects exchange and my internal lan users, but I am not sure about it,for this reason I am asking ,
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nappy_dThere are a 1000 ways to skin the technology cat.Commented:
The TZ170 is definitely a good device. I would not use the gateway services as you throughput would be reduced as data is scanned.

I would instead protect devices with installed AV or malware software on the local machines.  
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i_harfoushAuthor Commented:
it has 2 engines, one for anti spam and antivirus, it will freeze the network you mean?
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nappy_dThere are a 1000 ways to skin the technology cat.Commented:
If my memory serves me correct, the TZ170 has a 25Mbps throughput but when you enable the gateway services, it drops to 5~10Mbps.  Because of this I prefer to ue the resources on each of my local machines to scan for threats and protection.
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i_harfoushAuthor Commented:
thanks MR nappy, and If I want to make Vlan in my network it supports it ?
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basbasbasCommented:
The TZ 170 supports VLAN!
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basbasbasCommented:
By the way, it is thrue, the troughput drops when you enable security services, but to a level far faster then the average DSL. Hence 'the bottleneck' is your external connection and not the TZ 170. The advantage is that using the security services is easier than to deploy antivirus etc on each deviced or managed from a server.
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i_harfoushAuthor Commented:
yea for this reason I buy it, because i study my network if I want to purchase antivirus system and antispam it will cost much , and we are cutting the costs ,so the common answer that it is a good firewall and worth to depend on it,any other suggestions?
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prvnkumarkCommented:
Dear Buddy,

The main advantage of TZ170 is that it has IPS too so dont worry much about security threats U just do some port scanning and other tests to check what are open in your firewall.
As i have used sonicwall is good. It has free netflow analyzer also i just forgot its name. Try to utilize all features of sonic wall . Its supports IPsec VPN's too. And a simple GUI.
Regards,
Praveen
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basbasbasCommented:
I fully agree! The name of the analyzer is Sonicwall Viewpoint, it is included.
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tbrent77Commented:
Also as an inexpensive addition you may want to look at opendns.com an thier web filtering capabilities. This could possibly offload some of the work of your router by preventing people from going places they shouldn't be.
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i_harfoushAuthor Commented:
how to test the ports from outside to my sonic wall if it is opened or blocked
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tbrent77Commented:
Goto GRC.com and use the 'Shields Up' and "Leaktest" analyzers.
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basbasbasCommented:
Try an online portscanner, you could Google for that and find plenty of them.
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i_harfoushAuthor Commented:
thanks realy ,for you kind support,
I have no choice < I have to use the sonicwall ,no plannes to replace it due to lack of financial resource>
thanks
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basbasbasCommented:
Hey! Its a fine device, there is no need to replace the Sonicwall! If you need help, post here! Good luck.
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i_harfoushAuthor Commented:
thanks the next question will be how to create a vpn to my home , Hope u will give me same support and i will split u both the points,
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i_harfoushAuthor Commented:
10x for ur support
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basbasbasCommented:
I'll keep an eye for your next question. Please post as a seperate item!
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