Palo Alto Networks – Global Protect Profile Switcher

March 2, 2016
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For those of us in the MSP or VAR world, we support a number of different technologies using a number of different platforms. Quite often however, we find ourselves deploying the same solution for different customers time and time again. One of these solutions I find myself working with on a regular basis is a Palo Alto Networks Next Generation Firewall.

Now, these devices are awesome – they blow competition out of the water with their entirely different take on how firewalls work (check this out here), but one thing that has always annoyed me is their VPN Client, aptly named “Global Protect”, and let me explain why.

For the average user, they get a device belonging to their corporate network (laptop, be it their own or a company issued one), they work for one employer, and they always VPN in to the same spot (that is, the office). All is well and good – for these people, the Global Protect client works well.

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Automatically convert PEM to PPK

February 28, 2016
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Let me start by saying I love AWS. AWS is awesome, and you can do awesome things with AWS. But, if you’re like me you find it annoying working with Linux instances on AWS.

Why is that, you ask?

Well, that’s because every time I download a new Key Pair for an AWS EC2 Instance, I have to go through the oh so tedious task of converting the PEM file to something that PuTTY can use (because PuTTY won’t use PEM files). In this day and age, this is too many clicks and we want something easy and convenient.

So what did I do? I wrote some software that will convert these files automatically from PEM to PPK. What’s this piece of software called?

Why, pem2ppk of course…!

And it’s free! 🙂

Download a copy from here:

Leave a comment below if you find it useful, or have any suggestions / improvement requests.

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