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For those of you who are currently using Barracuda’s Spam and Virus Firewall product, I am interested in any feedback you are able to provide.  In particular, I am interested in the following:

 

1.       Model (400, 600, 800, etc.)

2.       Ease of setup/use

3.       Single appliance or HA configuration

4.       How effective are you finding it?

 

Thanks in advance for your response.

 

Regards

Christopher Jones

IT Security Administrator

Information Technology Services

University of the Fraser Valley

33844 King Road

Abbotsford, B.C.  V2S 7M8

604.854.4566

Christopher.Jones@ufv.ca

 

 

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We use the 300 model (single unit) as a secondary filter.  Primary is postini.

It catches a lot of stuff postini seems to take forever on getting filters for.

The unit itself was easy to setup although I had to tinker around a little to get inbound working.

 

We use it for outbound filtering as well to help detect when things start mass emailing from our server so we can shut the mailbox down before we get put on spam block lists. 

 

Patrick Cannady
Director of Network Services
Information Technology
Network Services
Dell Certified PowerEdge Server and Powervault Storage Technician

201 W. University   SUB 101A
Odessa, Texas 79764
Phone: 432-335-6615  
E-mail: pcannady@odessa.edu
FAX: 432-335-6787

http://www.odessa.edu/dept/it

 

We use a single device located at our helpdesk which ‘oversees’ student/personally owned computers or those that are known to be infected which show up for repair cleaning.

 

It does a good job of protecting those computers during the cleaning/remediation process, as well as helping to tell if a ‘suspect’ computer is infected or a bot, vs. clean.

 

Walter

 

We have several of the 600 models in a cluster for inbound and outbound emails for several years. We also use the encryption feature and setup was easy. The units work well for catching spam especially with rate control. We also have experienced quick resolutions with support and quick turn around with RMA or IR.

 

We are currently beta testing the 5.2 firmware.

 

Veronica

 

Message from cthomas@worwic.edu

Over recent years we’ve used both Barracuda 300’s and 400’s as our primary email filtering and the devices are very effective in detecting  spam and viruses.  The boxes are also easy to setup and administer.   

 

Chuck Thomas

Network Administrator
Wor-Wic Community College

 

 

We have used 400 and 600 for both email and web filters. Work well for our environment, easy to setup and manage.

 

Thank you,

Solomon Asmelash

District IT Services

 

*Under no circumstances should you provide your password or any account information via email.  WCCCD will never ask for such information.

 

Message from educause-lists@nathanielhall.com

I used to run a cluster of three Barracuda 600s for approximately 30,000 email addresses.  I *loved* the Barracudas, however, they did have their faults.

1) On the release I was using (may have changed by now) you could not easily delete messages from the inbound or outbound queue.  You could re-queue them or delete them all, but that was it.
2) When receiving a large number of messages (typically due to a spam attack) a message would get stuck in the outbound queue and everything would come to a halt.  There were times I'd have 20,000+ messages stuck in the queue.
3) This is probably limited to my use, but the address block lists ran before the reputation blocks.  I had a script that would add addresses to the block list, but many of them would have already been blocked based on other aspects of the message.  Probably would have saved some processing if my block list ran last.
4) I know Linux machines hate having power removed without a formal shutdown, but sometimes you have to do what you have to do.  During a planned power outage I was forced to leave two of the three devices running to queue up mail until power came back on or until the UPS ran out, whichever was longer.  We were aware of the potential issue, but in this situation BOTH running devices crashed and required a complete rebuild.  All mail stored in the queue was lost.
5) They were effective, but they weren't as effective as I would have suspected.  It was partially based on our settings, but some things were obvious and the spam score was so low it probably wouldn't have been caught anyway.
6) Statistics were on a per-device basis.  In order to get a full view of the amount of traffic we were getting I had to write a Perl script to parse the daily email statistics from each device, place it in a database, and then create my own summary.  Upgrades would occasionally break the parser, but it was generally an easy fix.

All that said, they were very good devices, especially for the price.  It would have been nice to be able to automate them more than I could and combining some of the statistics instead of leaving them on a per-device basis would have been nice. FWIW, I'm looking and buying one for my own personal use and tinkering.
-- I am many things, but I am not a lawyer, accountant, or agent of the federal, state, or local government. Nathaniel Hall

On 7/19/2012 5:24 PM, Christopher Jones wrote:

For those of you who are currently using Barracuda’s Spam and Virus Firewall product, I am interested in any feedback you are able to provide.  In particular, I am interested in the following:

 

1.       Model (400, 600, 800, etc.)

2.       Ease of setup/use

3.       Single appliance or HA configuration

4.       How effective are you finding it?

 

Thanks in advance for your response.

 

Regards

Christopher Jones

IT Security Administrator

Information Technology Services

University of the Fraser Valley

33844 King Road

Abbotsford, B.C.  V2S 7M8

604.854.4566

Christopher.Jones@ufv.ca

 

 



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