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Old 08-02-2004, 04:27 PM   #1
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Need help on FreeS/WAN on Red Hat 9.0.

Hi Friends,

I'm a newbie to Linux, just recently got my hands on it.
Problem is that these days i've been studying Linux at my institute and my teacher has assigned me to Install & Configure FreeS/WAN as VPN on Red Hat 9.0.
Time period that i've been given is extremely short.... two weeks or you can say only 12

Although i even had very little knowledge of VPN in general but somehow i got over it,

now know a little bit about VPN.

Now i've myself tried to get knowledge of FreeS/WAN. But nothing seems helping. People

around me have little knowledge of VPNs on Linux, if available then its CIPE or OpenSSH.
Visited official FreeS/WAN org website , but things are more complicated there than i anticipated &

eventually i got more confused & frustrated.
Can someone answer my questions in a more easy way....??????

1- I have to install FreeS/WAN on a Red Hat 9.0 machine... So can someone tell me of the

resource from where i can get RPMs of latest FreeS/WAN version for Red Hat 9.0.??? I

don't know about any compilation thing on Linux, so RPM installation method would be


2- Guide me the exact hardware requirements (No. of PCs, No. of NICs on them etc and

other hardware stuff) that are needed for this purpose????

3- Guide me to proper installation and configuration of FreeS/WAN???

4- Also tell me about some web resources or forums which may be helpful in this regard.

Anyone's prompt help will be highly appreciated.
Old 08-02-2004, 05:08 PM   #2
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i don't know anything about it, but you may try searching google by using the linux google search.

do so by going to:

and entering your query.

i found the following link:

which is a HOWTO on FreeS/WAN and includes links to the binaries.

good luck!

hope i was of help!!!!!!!!!

Old 08-03-2004, 05:35 AM   #3
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thanx for your help...
but i have already visited the link that u mentioned...
actually i was in need of a little bit more friendly solution

well.... again thanx anyway for your help
Old 08-06-2004, 08:12 AM   #4
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There are a couple of things that i've come to conclude that for proper working FreeS/WAN VPN we need to have static internet IPs on FreeS/WAN gateway.

Right now i dont have the facility of this static ip thing as these are pretty much expensive here in our country.
And also ISPs dont provide static IPs really easily. So if i want to install & test a freeS/WAN gateway is it necessary to have a static Ip???? can't we put it into a test "LAN environment".

Right now i have just a couple of PCs on which i can install & configure FreeS/WAN on Red Hat 9.0 in a TEST LAN environment(Its also necessary for me to install & test FreeS/WAN on a Red Hat 9.0 box). So please guide me;

1- Cant i install & configure FreeS/WAN on two test Red Hat boxes, and make them internal network gateways connected directly to each other or its necessary to have internet link between them??
2- Is it necessary to have static internet IPs on both of these gateways??? or there is any other way around.
3- Do i need to setup a innternal DNS server for this test environment???
4- Also tell me if there is any other thing that is needed for this setup which i have missed.

In the end i just want to tell you that i want to run & test FreeS/WAN just on a couple of PCs working in a LAN environmrnt.
So kindly help me in this regard, any help would be highly appreciated.


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