[CentOS] IPSec VPN Setup?

Jobst Schmalenbach jobst at barrett.com.au
Wed Mar 10 08:15:03 UTC 2010


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".


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
> Blankenheim NRW, Germany
> http://www.galitz.org/
> http://german-way.com/blog/
>> -----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.
>> --
>> Doug
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