[CentOS] Optimal VPN

Ben McGinnes ben at adversary.org
Tue Nov 30 14:49:20 UTC 2010

On 25/11/10 4:07 AM, tony.chamberlain at lemko.com wrote:
> I am looking for the optimal VPN. Well it doens't have to be that elaborate.
> Just the best VPN. We currently have some customers using PPTP, some using
> openvpn, some using Cisco Any Connect and there are a few others.

Be careful with the Cisco VPN solutions.  Cisco's VPN client is
notoriously bad at handling 64-bit architecture and frequently induces
kernel panics (I've seen this in both Linux and OS X systems).

> So my question is, if you have control of both ends (client and server)
> what is the best VPN to use? There are not too many requirements, but a
> big one is

I'd go for OpenVPN, it's free and widely supported across multiple

> The VPN must return the same IP address to the same user each time
> That is there must be a specific IP address assigned to a user/password
> combination. pptp does not really do this but I wrote sort of a backend
> (or maybe frontend? ;-) ) to change the IP address assigned based on a
> login and password. It is extra stuff I would prefer not to do though.

RADIUS can assign a specific IP to a given user, but let OpenVPN
handle the encryption.


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