Palo Alto Overwatch Voice Fix

So I recently installed a Palo Alto as I stated in my last post. After setup I decided to play some Overwatch, as I’m playing I noticed that I’m the only one in voice chat and my voice hotkey isn’t working.

Turns out that by default SIP ALG is enabled on Palo Alto’s and it causes Overwatch voice to stop working. Since I’m running PanOS 8.1.3 I found the easiest way to fix this is just to disable it via the CLI by running

set shared alg-override application sip alg-disabled yes

Once that is set to disable and you restart your Overwatch client voice works again! Happy gaming!

Configure Palo Alto With Public DHCP

I’m not sure if any of you have tried to configure a Palo Alto firewall, but if you have then you know it’s kind of a pain in the ass.

Just last night I was setting up a PA-200 I’ve had sitting around in a box for a few months and while going through the setup documentation I was just thinking “What the hell is this?”. Granted I do use Palo Alto’s at work but I do basic configurations and maybe some management here and there, I’ve never set one up from scratch.

After reading guide after guide on how to get this setup both on Palo’s KB and other sites I found from a quick google search. I noticed no one really sets these up or assumes you’re going to be setting them up with your public IPv4 address given via DHCP.  I had to piece together some guides here and there to exactly understand what I was doing and how I was going to do it. So I’m going to outline the process you need to go through (at least on PanOS 8.1.3) to get this working when your public address is given via DHCP.

  1. Configure your zones (Network > Zones)

I have two primary zones configured; trusted and untrusted. These zones are for the LAN/WAN interfaces respectively. Make sure you make these as Layer3 zones as the interfaces we’re going to configure are Layer3.

2. Configure your interfaces (Network > Interfaces)

As you may be able to tell from the image below, ethernet1/3 is my LAN and ethernet1/4 is my WAN (ISP). The key here is having ethernet1/4 set to ‘DHCP Client’ under the IPv4 settings of the interface. Make sure the box ‘Automatically create default route pointing to default gateway provided by server‘ is checked otherwise this process won’t work. After you’ve confirmed that, the virtual router on both interfaces to ‘default’. This will get explained shortly.

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New VPS Provider

Side Note:

So if you’re a regular here, checking things out to see if I update this once every 6 months…you’re in luck! Today is the day I make a post since my last one in November 2017.

If you check the site here you may have noticed a few “hiccups” we’ve had over the past week or so. This is because I’ve moved away from AWS in favor of This was no light or quick decision, I did my research before switching and I have to say I’m very happy with the service thus far.

While looking for a new VPS provider you want to treat it like look for a home. You’re going to be there for awhile, needs to have enough room, payments can’t be too high, needs to have the things you want and need. There were a bunch of contenders I had on the table while looking, all of them were fairly big names except for SSDNodes. I’ve never heard of them before so research was definitely needed. While looking for a new host I was interested in OVH, DigitalOcean, Vultr, Linode and AWS LightSail.

While all of those big names offer fairly small servers for a reasonable price ~$5/month, I knew that I would want room to grow and didn’t want to end up spending more that $300/year on servers for the many playgrounds and sites that I host. Sure I could get a small DO droplet with 512MB of RAM, 1 core and like 20GB disk for $5 but is that really enough? I wanted more in a cloud server and that’s where SSDNodes came in.

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Net Neutrality: The Reddit Filter

Don’t get me wrong net neutrality is needed, I think we deserve a free and open internet and we aren’t going to let Ajit Pai/The FCC take that away from us.

If you’re like me you’ve already contacted your congressperson and have written comments on the FCCs page but that’s really all we can do. I love seeing all the promotion for net neutrality and but at least in the past 24 hours it’s gone a bit overboard on reddit.

I went about 20 pages deep on /r/all and still just about every other post was about net neutrality.

For me that’s a bit overboard, I like net neutrality as much as the next person but I also enjoy browsing reddit in my free time and this makes it almost impossible to enjoy. So I decided to look into what I can do to filter out most if not all of those posts.

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Syncing Between Two Servers


We all need redundancy, we all want redundancy but we all don’t have it…except this guy!

So recently I spun up a NextCloud server and just started dumping a bunch of stuff into it. I’ve found quite a bit of cool stuff located in /r/opendirectories and I needed a place to dump it, hence NextCloud!

After just dumping a bunch of random stuff into it I decided to actually use it to store data and wanted some sort of redundancy. Thankfully I have a second location which has two VMWare hosts there so what comes to mind? Spin up a new VM to back the data up to! I went with rclone to sync the data over to the new server.

I have two servers, my NextCloud server which holds all the data and then another server that contains a copy of all the data there. So I installed rclone on my NextCloud server and created an SFTP repository to the other server which is located offsite. Running the initial sync took HOURS, literally, it took about 7 hours to do the first initial sync. Afterwards it’s not so bad.

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