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Snapt isn't just a frontend to an existing HAProxy installation - it's also designed to allow you to start from scratch! When you first load the HAProxy Snaptin you will be taken to the "Initial Configuration" screen you see below. If we don't detect an existing HAProxy installation, we will allow you to install a new version. This takes you to the next step in the process as seen below. Snapt will now automatically download the latest version and install it for...

Here's a quick Squid tip from their wiki, if you've ever wanted to not require authentication for the Windows Update services you can just add the following before any other ACL's in your config file -- acl windowsupdate dstdomain windowsupdate.microsoft.com acl windowsupdate dstdomain .update.microsoft.com acl windowsupdate dstdomain download.windowsupdate.com acl windowsupdate dstdomain redir.metaservices.microsoft.com acl windowsupdate dstdomain images.metaservices.microsoft.com acl windowsupdate dstdomain c.microsoft.com acl windowsupdate dstdomain www.download.windowsupdate.com acl windowsupdate dstdomain wustat.windows.com acl windowsupdate dstdomain crl.microsoft.com acl windowsupdate dstdomain sls.microsoft.com acl windowsupdate dstdomain productactivation.one.microsoft.com acl windowsupdate dstdomain ntservicepack.microsoft.com acl CONNECT method CONNECT acl wuCONNECT dstdomain www.update.microsoft.com acl wuCONNECT dstdomain...

Slowloris (and any type of DoS with a similar intention) is a tool designed to hold up all the available connections on an Apache server without having a massive network to DoS the host. The concept is best described by the Slowloris developer -- In considering the ramifications of a slow denial of service attack against particular services, rather than flooding networks, a concept emerged that would allow a single machine to take down another machine's web server with minimal bandwidth...

We've had quite a bit of interest on how you can get Snapt, and while it is not yet available we are accepting email addresses on the right hand side of the blog. If you enter your address in the "Launch Update List" box you will be told as soon as Snapt is available and may be invited to a beta trial program - getting you access even sooner! The list is purely for invitations or notifications about the initial launch...

Snapt Squid comes with powerful tools for helping you diagnose any network, cache or even config errors. With many great open source products visibility and troubleshooting can be problems, which is why all Snapt products aim to improve both. There are many features in Snapt Squid, but today we'll touch on the Tools section. It enables to you check connectivity through the cache, see an objects status, force a refresh on a cached object, test URL's, parse the config file and...

No one likes an ugly cache error message - it's hard for the user to understand and it's unprofessional! Snapt Squid comes with an advanced error page editor which allows you to quickly convert all your error pages to stylish, readable pages - or create any style of your own! As you can see above, the default process is simple. You can choose what information to display and customize error messages about who to contact and even include a company logo....

Snapt Turbo is an idea which was originally (to our knowledge) started by the WordPress community. "Turbo" is the idea of using Google Gears to accelerate a website as opposed to storing an offline copy. With Snapt turbo and Google Gears you can store all of the CSS, images and javascript on your local machine meaning even over a latent or slow link your Snapt experience is Turbo-Charged! How To Use It When you first go to Turbo, you'll notice it will...

One of the great features about Snapt is it's ability to be given custom logos. This enables partners who are building Open Source solutions to add the Snapt product for the suite of powerful features it provides, and still keep their logo present. Adding value to FOSS solutions is what we're about, and with Snapt you can ensure you aren't just supplying another box - but a revenue stream and reliable management platform. You can replace both the logon screen logo,...

The Snapt user manager is included in the Snapt Framework and available on all the products. It's powerful, innovative system for managing users in the Snapt UI and their access allows you to give reports only access, authenticate against LDAP, have an unlimited number of users and record every actions each user takes. This is a brief walk through of some of the features available. User Management Adding, updating and deleting users is a cinch with the Framework. As you enter the...

We have just released more details on the Partner Program which will accompany Snapt at the launch. This allows you to earn commission from Snapt sales, custom brand Snapt as an addon to your FOSS solution and much more! If you're interested in becoming a partner, have a look at our Partners page!...

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