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Old 12-04-2007, 04:45 AM   #1
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vpn Fedora


I've been wanting to set up a vpn server but am not sure what software is best for my situation.

Here's what I have:

At the small computer shop where I work I have a small server running Fedora Core 5.
I use the wifi at school to get on the net but there is no wep or wpa so I'd like to set up the vpn to connect to work using encyrption. Also I'd like to share files between home and work.

My problems: I'm not sure what software is best for this and also the easiest to set up. And my home ISP is blocking port 1723.

And I have a general question about vpn's. I have admin rights on the windows server 2003 server at work. There is a vpn server running(don't know why my boss has it running) but I forwarded the port and have successfully connected from home. The problem is that I can't get programs to access the internet. I see that DNS names get resolved but it acts like there is no gateway or something.
So my question is this normal behavior for a vpn? Is something most likely configured wrong?

Anyway I'd like to use the linux box instead. It belongs to me and if I crash it there is no effect on business.
Maybe a vpn is overkill for what I want to do. A simple ssh tunnel might work also, but I haven't read much about that yet.

Any advice or help on this stuff and pointers to some good tutorials would be a great help.
 
Old 12-04-2007, 06:19 AM   #2
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<see that DNS names get resolved but it acts like there is no gateway or something.
So my question is this normal behavior for a vpn? Is something most likely configured wrong?>
try doing a traceroute and see the path that it takes to reach lets say google.com


Is your purpose of you connecting vpn is to share some files?
SSH tunnel should work fine to connect between networks.
 
Old 12-04-2007, 09:45 AM   #3
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when I connect to the server 2003 vpn it authenticates and everything goes fine. When I do a traceroute to google.com I get:
Tracing route to google.com [72.14.207.99]
over a maximum of 30 hops:

1 111 ms 109 ms 110 ms ******* [192.168.2.2]
2 * * * Request timed out.
3 * * * Request timed out.
4 * * * Request timed out.
....

The server is set up with two NIC's. the "server local area connection,192.168.2.100" and the "local area connection,192.168.2.2".
Without the local area connection the server doesn't get outside the lan. I think this is what is happening, but why I'm getting the same IP on the VPN as the server's local area connection I don't know.
My boss set this one up and I'd rather not use the Windows server anyway.

I really am just wondering if this is a normal thing for a certain type of VPN setup. I wanted to have it act sort of like a proxy, all my traffic, web browsing and such would be routed through the server at work.

As far as my reasons for wanting all this is mostly to encrypt the traffic when I'm at school. The school's system is setup where I need to log into a website to do work in class. The password to log into the site is the same username and password that gives access to my financial info in the schools system. Since the wifi isn't encrypted someone could sniff the airwaves and capture my password. I know, it's unlikely, but better safe than sorry.

An ssh tunnel would probably work fine. I just can't figure out how to get all traffic routed through it.

Thanks for the help.
 
  


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