Category Archives: Announcements

Announcements of new and updated software and HOWTO documents.

Release 1.1.3 of courierpasswd now available

After a long hiatus, I’ve updated courierpasswd, my checkpassword-like utility with hooks into the Courier authentication library. Courierpasswd now logs the IP address of hosts when they attempt to authenticate. My motivation for adding this feature was to track remote hosts trying to authenticate against my SMTP server. This version also adds sha256 as a valid CRAM type since sha256 is supported by the Courier authentication library. You can find more details in the Changlog file. Follow this link to download the tarball.

DNS & DHCP Setup Doc updated, finally

Major update of my DNS & DHCP Setup document. Not only am I using current versions of BIND and ISC DHCP, but I’m doing a couple of new things with DNS. I’ve set up classless in-addr.arpa delegation for part of my network and I have a local RBL zone that my mail server uses to reject certain incoming SMTP connections. I’ve got a more thorough explanation of how dynamic DNS updates are working on my network, too. Follow this link to find the new document.

If anyone would like to translate this version of the document into Spanish, drop me a line on the Comment page.

Arda.Homeunix.Net Doc updated

I’ve added an addition to The Arda Network, a shiny new pfSense based firewall that I’ve plugged in between my ISP’s modem and my wireless router. I’ve updated my network overview document to reflect this change. The firewall should give me a lot more visibility into what is moving in and out of my network. I look forward to exploring what it can do. Find the updated doc here.

New Document; OpenVPN Setup Doc

After a very long hiatus, a new setup document appears on The Arda Network. This one describes how I set up OpenVPN to provide a secure connection to my home network when I’m on the road. It describes not only the VPN server, but my Windows and Mac clients as well. Follow this link to find it.

New Document; Arda.Homeunix.Net Network Overview

My network overview page is severely out of date so I’ve written a new one that reflects the current state of The Arda Network. You can find it here. The old network overview page is still available here. My existing Setup docs will continue to point to the old overview. Any new  setup docs will point to the new page. Hopefully having posted the new network overview page will inspire me to write some new Setup docs.

The Arda Network gets a facelift

As you might have noticed, I’ve finally brought The Arda Network website into the 21st century. I figured it was time to toss my old static html pages and start using a modern content management system. Why did I choose WordPress? Because I found it to have the shallowest learning curve of the CMSs I looked at and I want to focus on the content of my site rather than the building of the site itself. Having said that, I do expect I’ll be exploring how I can customize WordPress in order to fancy up Arda here and there.

So far, you’ll just find the same old content from the old site. The Arda Network hasn’t been idle, however, and I plan to post new HowTo docs as I find time to write them.

Major Mail Server Setup Doc update

I’ve done a major rewrite of my Mail Server Setup Doc. In particular, I’ve changed how I deal with unwanted email, how I configure netqmail for use as a null client, and how mail gets delivered into local mailboxes. It also includes a new diagram showing how email routes through the Arda Network. Follow this link to find it.