[Ubuntu-US-NM] eBox

w robbi wlrobbi at gmail.com
Mon Feb 25 22:03:39 GMT 2008

I was wondering if anyone else has played with this absolutely wonderful
package eBox.  It is easy to build add-on plugins and eBox comes with a nice
selection of network tools by default.


 eBox Features

   - *Objects*

   Creating network objects allows a high level management of IP address
   that eases the administration of the firewall and other tools.
   - *Network Configuration*

   Network interfaces in the machine are configurable through the eBox
   administration interface. It's possible to create virtual interfaces,
   802.1q-enabled trunk interfaces and also set up the default gateway,
   static routes and dns servers
   - *Firewall*

   It has a secure default configuration and lets the administrator
   filter packets, do NAT and manage the access to all services provided by
   other eBox modules.
   - *Software*

   The administration interface allows the update components of both eBox
   and the operating system (Debian).
   - *Transparent Proxy and Content Filter*

   It provides a caching HTTP proxy that speeds up web browsing and lets
   the administrator choose what contents can be accessed by each user by
   filtering pages based on content and black lists. It allows custom file
   extension and MIME filter as well.

   This module uses: Squid <http://www.squid-cache.org/>
   - *Users and Groups*

   An LDAP servers stores users and group accounts, which are shared by
   all the modules that need them.

   This module uses: Open Ldap <http://www.openldap.org/>
   - *Windows PDC/File Sharing*

   eBox provides your network with a Primary Domain Controller, allowing
   your Windows machines to authenticate against it. Your users will be able to
   use roaming profiles, share directories and so on. If you do not want a
   full-fledged PDC you can run ebox just as a file server in a Windows

   This module uses: Samba <http://us1.samba.org/samba/>
   - *Windows Printers Server*

   It makes it possible to share printers over the network for different
   users and groups of users.

   This module uses: Samba <http://us1.samba.org/samba/>
   - *Mail*

   eBox will store your mailboxes, filtering non-desired mail and
   viruses, or simply will act as a mail relay with the mail filter at your

   This module uses: Postfix <http://www.postfix.org/>
   ClamAV <http://www.clamav.net/>
   - *Jabber Server*

   eBox provides Instant Messaging system for your corporate environment,
   allowing the connection with the world-wide jabber IM network. Integration
   with eBox platform let you adjust your needs of Jabber users and

   This module uses: Jabber <http://jabberd.jabberstudio.org/>
   - *DHCP Server*

   A DHCP server is included. Its configuration interface lets the
   administrator manage IP address ranges, MAC address based IP assignments…

   This module uses: ISC DHCP Server<http://www.isc.org/index.pl?/sw/dhcp/>
   - *DNS Cache*

   The DNS cache included accelerates name resolution

   This module uses: Bind <http://www.isc.org/index.pl?/sw/bind/>
   - *Date and Time Server*

   eBox can act as an NTP server and synchronize its time and date with
   external NTP servers.

   This module uses: NTP <http://www.ntp.org/>
   - *802.1q VLANs*

   eBox supports the 802.1q protocol supported by most switches, allowing
   to have network interfaces on several VLANs through one physical network
   - *Backup*

   eBox allows you to make configuration backups and restores of all
   services supported in eBox. Furthermore, full backup gives you the chance to
   store all logs, shared data among other things.
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