Finally I got my own Hardware for the Sophos UTM Home license. Thanks to my colleagues at work for finding that perfect fitting hardware. I would prefer a passive cooled mainboard with at least two ethernet NICs (internal LAN and internet uplink). You can use any ITX cases but It could be that the power cable isn’t long enough for the ATX connection on the mainboard. In this case you need to buy a cable-extension for this. Use a SSD for harddisk because it has lower power requirement, makes no noise and has no heat. 60GB is full enough for the UTM! Before you install the Sophos UTM software, please update the SSD firmware. The manufacturers are offering boot CDs for updating the firmware. I used the following components:
Chieftec IX-01B-OP Compact Series Mini-Tower PC-Case black
- Power Cable
LEICKE Power Supply 60W 12V 5A 5,5*2,5mm, LED Strips, Pico-PSU till 60W
- Power Supply
PicoPSU-90 12V DC-DC ATX mini-ITX 0-90W power supply
- Memory (Qualified Vendors List for Gigabyte MB; Qualified Vendors List for ASRock MB)
Kingston KVR16LS11/4 (4GB DDR3, SO-DIMM, 1600 MHz, 204-PIN)
Transcend TS512MSK64W6H (4GB DDR3, SO-DIMM, 1600 MHz, 204-PIN)
Kingston SSDNow V300 60GB SSD 6,4 cm (2,5 Zoll), SATA III
SanDisk SDSSDP-064G-G25 64GB SSD 6,4 cm (2,5 Zoll), SATA III
Corsair Memory LS CSSD-F60GBLS 60 GB SSD 6,4 cm (2,5 Zoll), SATA III
*old* Hardware-Combination Mainboard
*currently-not-available* Intel BLKD2500CCE Sockel BGA (mini-ITX, Intel NM10, 2x DDR3 SO-DIMM, PC3-8500S, max 4GB) Memory
Hynix Original 2 GB 204 pin DDR3-1066 SO-DIMM (1066Mhz, PC3-8500S, CL7, 256Mx8)
SAMSUNG 2 GB DDR3-1066 (1066Mhz, 204pin, CL7) PC3-8500 SO-DIMM
Kingston PC3-6400 2GB (800 MHz, 204-pol) DDR3-RAM Case
LC-Power 1340mi Desktop Slimline Mini-ITX (Power supply and power cable included)
I already had the SSD from OCZ and 64 GByte is quite enough. You can choose every 2,5″-HDD but I recommend a SSD because you have no noise and low energy need. You can also add a second memory so you have 4 GB in your own UTM.
The whole UTM is using only (!) 10-14 Watt (equal to basic home routers), has 0 dB noise, needs no fan, has no moving parts and you are more secure like most companies 🙂
The Home edition from Sophos UTM is free for personal use! I installed it via a DVD-drive. Astaro did offer this since a very long time ago. During the acquisition for Astaro from Sophos, I was on the partner roadshow, showing future releases of the UTM and future plans with joining both companies together. And there was a partner who asked a cheeky question: “Will be the home edition of Sophos UTM still exist after the acquisition?” and one CEO thoughts about 5 seconds and finally said “aaahm… yes!” and the audience clapped their hands for excitement 😀
You can get your free license by just registering here for a free MyUTM-Account. After generating a license file, you can download the ISO file here and install it directly to your hardware. You have all features enabled (like a full-guard company license) except High Availability and you also can secure your Windows clients (yes Windows 8 is supported) by ten licenses for Sophos Endpoint Security and Control.
It’s very cool to connect via VPN to your home, configure the WebAdmin via iPad from your couch, scanning all your webtraffic for viruses or block access to unwanted websites for your children!
Have a great time and fun building your own secure network! Keep fresh!