[CentOS] IPSec VPN Setup?

Boris Epstein borepstein at gmail.com
Wed Mar 10 17:03:16 UTC 2010


On Wed, Mar 10, 2010 at 3:15 AM, Jobst Schmalenbach
<jobst at barrett.com.au> wrote:
>
> Hi
>
> I can second that, Openswan is the way to go (sorry the ONLY way to go).
> Centos has the latest, but I would highly recommend to have Centos on both ends.
> Centos is one of the distros that uses NSS by default and standard out of the box, so this makes is easier.
>
> There's also a PDF booklet (get that from amazon, its written by Paul Wouters, one of the Openswan developers), link on the website.
>
> The toughest part is getting the keys and connections right, personally I would not do it without subscribing to "users at openswan.org" first, they are helpfull and you will find Paul on the list, too.
>
> Been using Openswan (well it used to be freeS/WAN, hence the animal used) for many years and once you set it up and have the key exchange working you never have to change a thing again other then (in my case) "yum update openswan".
>
> jobst
>
>
> On 10/03/2010 18:08, Geoff Galitz wrote:
>
> I use Openswan regularly for IPSec VPN connections to remote sites.
> Although the documentation is a bit lacking it is pretty easy to get going
> once you've played with it a bit.
>
> It is reliable, widely available and the openswan users support list is
> responsive.
>
> If you have trouble connecting to the remote side, ike-scan can help in
> getting your key exchange settings right.  That is usually the hard part, in
> my experience.
>
> -geoff
>
>
> ---------------------------------
> Geoff Galitz
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>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: centos-bounces at centos.org [mailto:centos-bounces at centos.org] On
> Behalf Of Ski Dawg
> Sent: Mittwoch, 10. März 2010 02:12
> To: centos at centos.org
> Subject: [CentOS] IPSec VPN Setup?
>
> Hello Everyone,
>
> I have been tasked at work with setting up a VPN connection from our
> server to a client's network. The only problem is that I have never
> done anything like this before, so I am not sure where to start.
>
> We are running CentOS 5.4 on our server. I do not yet know what the
> client is running for their VPN, the only thing I know of from the
> client, is we need to use IPSec for our VPN connection to them. I have
> been googling, and have found quite a bit of information, but it is a
> little overwhelming, as I am new to setting up a VPN. Is the a
> "standard" method for doing this sort of setup that I am missing so
> far?
>
> If anyone has any quick pointers to get me started, that would be
> greatly appreciated.
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I run a VPN server using OpenVPN. Looks like pretty robust technology to me.

Boris.


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