Sophos offers a free license of their UTM firewall for private use. The product was originally developed by Astaro and since these days I use it at home. After the merger with Sophos I switched to the new Sophos UTM 9, still using my old license. I use it to seperate my test VLAN from my normal VLAN, and I use it as proxy with antivirus scanning for all my devices (iPhone, iPad, laptop etc.), but the UTM can do a lot more than this. This morning I wanted to read my Twitter timeline on my iPhone but I got no connection over WLAN. After disabling the proxy it worked fine. I took a look at the admin interface of my UTM and what did I see? An expired license. WTF?!
So I needed a new license file. I couldn’t imagine, that Sophos canceled all the feature for home uses. I went to the Sophos homepage, but I hadn’t a login for MyUTM. So I decied to register for a new UTM download to get credentials for the MyUTM website. After a short time I got an e-mail with the desired credentials. I logged in and downloaded the new license file.
After the installation of the new license file, everything was fine again.
As you notice, the new license has an expiration date. So better schedule an alarm to get a new one, before you miss your family IT SLAs. Nothing is worse than to have wife and kids complaining about not working IT services at home. ;)