[K12OSN] new principal ... wants new feature

Dimitri Yioulos dyioulos at firstbhph.com
Tue Jul 3 20:32:12 UTC 2007

On Tuesday 03 July 2007 4:07 pm, Dan Young wrote:
> On 7/3/07, Kari Matthews <karisue at gmail.com> wrote:
> > My new principal says that at his last school, the IT guy had the server
> > set up so that you could login from anywhere (like home) and have access
> > to his documents (on the server).  He claims that the last school had
> > some kind of web interface.  Hmmm.
> OpenVPN is free and runs on Linux, Windows, and Mac.
> --
> Dan Young <dyoung at mesd.k12.or.us>
> Multnomah ESD - Technology Services
> 503-257-1562
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I'm not trying to be disparaging (I use OpenVPN in our shop for certain 
users), but OpenVPN requires generation of certificates, and installation of  
software, those certs, and a config file on the client machine.  While I'm 
not in the edu field, I'm guessing that most principals would find this a 
bother, to put it mildly.  IMHO, a Web-based solution is probably best here.  
As an alternative to DL'ing, installing, and setting up SSL-Explorer (which 
we also use in our shop), Netgear makes an inexpensive (~$300) 25-user SSL 
VPN appliance (my suspicion is that it's driven by the commercial version of 
SSL-Explorer-same look and feel).  I've seen it in action, and it works very 


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