eBox for Network Administrators. This document is distributed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike license version The first on-line training course “eBox for Network Administrators” is an intermediate course aimed at IT professionals with some experience in. The first certified eBox Platform course that corresponds to the “eBox for Network Administrators” course was held from the 11th until the 28th of.

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It starts from the premise that all the software you need to run a network is available as open-source, but that getting all that software configured and running together can be quite tricky.

So what if there was a management application with a simple web-based GUI that could install all the necessary software and do all the configuration and integration for you with just a handful of mouse clicks? The eBox platform is designed to do exactly that, allowing admministrators administrators to configure and run network services including:.

The good news is that the eBox platform is completely open-source, licensed under the GPL and free to download, with an active community developing it and driving the project forward.

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The open-source software it controls includes:. Postfix, SpamAssassin, ClamAV and Jabber to run an e-mail server with anti-spam and anti-virus software and a corporate Jabber-based instant messaging system.

To get an idea of how eBox can simplify what would otherwise be fairly complicated configuration routines, let’s take the example of OpenVPN, the open source VPN system which is famously tricky to set up manually. The first step is to create a couple of certificates, which is handled by eBox’s Certificate Manager module. All that’s needed is entwork fill in a couple of text boxes and click on the “Issue” button to issue the appropriate certificates.


Thanks to the integration and error handling built in to eBox, if you try to set up OpenVPN without first setting up the certificates you need you’ll be directed to the Certificate Manager module before administrattors can go any further.

Setting up the eBox machine as an OpenVPN server is a simple matter of providing a few details such as a port number and subnet to work on and adding checks to a handful of options such as allowing administrattors connections, or eBox-to-eBox tunnels if you want to activate them. To make things even easier, eBox creates Linux and OS X or Windows bundles which can be used to install OpenVPN client software plus all the necessary configuration files onto the external computers which you want to be able to use the VPN.

eBox Bundles Network Services in a Friendly Package

And that’s pretty much it. Each time you save the changes you have made administratirs the eBox GUI, the configuration changes are made to the underlying applications or services which are then restarted. This simplicity does come at a cost, however: Having said that, eBox can be customized fairly easily to overcome this: So how does eBox differ from unified threat management UTM appliances and software, such as those supplied by Astaro or Smoothwall?

Firstly, eBox is a free management application which runs on an Ubuntu server, while both Smoothwall and Astaro offer paid-for standalone appliances and charge annual subscriptions.

eBox Bundles Network Services in a Friendly Package

And while eBox offers some security features, the emphasis is more on network networkk than security. For example, it does not include an intrusion detection module whereas both Smoothwall and Astaro use Snort to provide this type of security.


The main downside to eBox is its poor documentation. There’s a developers guide, adminisfrators user’s guide and an installation guide, but these have been translated from Spanish into fairly basic English.

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If you are interested in trying eBox out you can install the packages on an existing Ubuntu box from Synaptic, or download the eBox installerwhich installs Ubuntu Hardy Heron plus eBox and all its dependencies onto a bare machine. There’s also an eBox live CD which enables you to test out eBox without installing any software.

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The eBox platform is designed to do exactly that, allowing “non-expert” administrators to configure and run network services including: Thanks for your registration, follow us on our social networks to keep up-to-date.