To test FreeNAC, you'll need a Linux server (or VM) with FreeNAC installed, a Cisco Switch, a Windows PC to run the current GUI, and another PC as a 'test network device'.

The Installation notes explain how to get up and running. See also the Technical Guide and User Guide and the Forums. The installation options are listed below, it is recommended to use the Ubuntu package or the Virtual Machine, since they are the easiest to get going.

  • Ubuntu package - latest stable release: freenac_3.X_i386.deb created for (V 3.0 created with Ubuntu 7.10, V3.02 tested with Ubuntu 8.04)
  • Virtual Appliance: In order to get started quickly with FreeNAC, we have built a Virtual Vmware Appliance - FreeNAC_VM_3.X.tar.gz(~1GB).
    The operating system in the VM is Ubuntu.
    The username and password are both 'freenac'.
  • To get the latest stable release directly from the Subversion repository, use the 'checkout' svn command.
    (See also the SVN tips if you are behind a proxying firewall).
    svn co
  • To browse the files in the respository for the stable release.

  • To get the latest development release (stale) from the repository:
    svn co

  • Source tarball - latest stable release : freenac-3.X.tar.gz

  • Previous releases are available on the SourceForge download page.

The Windows GUI and configuration file (vmps.exe, vmps.xml) is available from the repository. See also the Windows GUI installation guide .

OpenVMPS component

FreeNAC uses OpenVMPS as one component, and a security weakness was published. If you download the FreeNAC tarball or VM after Oct06, you already have a patched version. If you use OpenVMPS directly yourself, continue reading...

Security issue in 2006: OpenVMPS v1.3 Logging Function Format String Vulnerability. Get the patch. Please see the vulnerability announcement for more information.