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This time on the show, bypass restrictive firewalls with a free and open source virtual private network server for Windows and Linux that will have you connecting back to the home or office with just a web browser!

SSL VPN Introduction and Windows Setup

Thus far we've only spoken about implementing Virtual Private Networks using Point-To-Point Tunneling Protocol. While PPTP is a ok protocol for secure tunneling, at least in my experience it comes with a few gotchyas. Namely firewalls.

VPNs based on Secure Sockets Layer or SSL technologies are less encumbered by these restrictions. Certificates are already in the browsers and there is often no software to install. Secure, Easy, Versatile.

You can think of SSL VPNs as the Webmail of email. Rather than setting up a dedicated client like Outlook or Thunderbird to use POP3 or IMAP4 we'll be using our web browser to access an https site.

SSL Explorer is a web based SSL VPN server. The technology was acquired by Barracuda Networks. Project named OpenVPN Application Layer Software (OpenVPN-ALS)

Windows Install

Can be sorta tricky so Lars Werner made an awesome installer using NSIS-Installer. Make sure you have the latest Java JRE.

Download, Run, Next, next, next, install, next, Create certificate, Install Service, browse to https://server:28080 from client, Login as admin and follow the certificate creation wizard.

System Configuration is basically the same on Linux or Windows.

Build a free SSL VPN on Linux or Windows

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

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