Linux Virtual Private Network setup

Posted on in Categories last updated May 16, 2006

Q: What software program do I have to use under Linux for Virtual Private Network (VPN)?

A: A virtual private network (VPN) is a private communications network. It provide a secure connection through an otherwise insecure network, typically the Internet. VPNs are generally cheaper than real private networks using private lines but rely on having the same encryption system at both ends.

Linux offers different solutions/software(s) to connect your network securely to WAN. OpenVPN is a full-featured SSL VPN solution which can accomodate a wide range of configurations, including remote access, site-to-site VPNs, WiFi security, and enterprise-scale remote access solutions with load balancing, failover, and fine-grained access-controls

OpenVPN runs on:

  1. Linux
  2. Windows 2000/XP and higher
  3. OpenBSD
  4. FreeBSD
  5. NetBSD
  6. Mac OS X
  7. Solaris.

Please see OpenVPN site for both tutorial and download information.

Posted by: Vivek Gite

The author is the creator of nixCraft and a seasoned sysadmin and a trainer for the Linux operating system/Unix shell scripting. He has worked with global clients and in various industries, including IT, education, defense and space research, and the nonprofit sector. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+.

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