vpn server

Rick Stevens rstevens at vitalstream.com
Thu Jun 9 17:59:24 UTC 2005

Ted Potter wrote:
> Greetings,
> I have an opportunity with a client. They currently use a NT box for
> file storage and as a vpn server. Some folks work from home, vpn in to
> the server and bla bla bla.
> Since NT is no longer an option and W2003 server OS is running about
> $1500.00 for fifteen users (go bill go!) I was thinking perhaps a linux
> box could be installed.
> Trouble is I have no experience using a linux box as a vpn server. 
> I am OK with the samba stuff so I am not concerned about that (well not
> a lot).
> Since I have some hardware in my shop I can do testing here but need
> pointers to get started.
> My preferred method would be to create a test system in my shop since
> the final system would be placed in a production environment.
> Thank for any ideas !!

Most Linuxen come with FreesWAN (for sure FC3 does), so you may want to
have a look at their webpage:


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