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Create VPN and good Free VPN software (Server AND client)


jimbo45

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Hi there
to any of you network Gurus -- I'm testing a (Virtual) version of Windows 2012 Server. What I'd like to do is to set up a VPN so I can access it from another computer (Windows 8.1) in the LAN (while testing) but using a VPN rather than RDP. A FREE VPN server and client is what I would like at this stage.

Eventually I would like to login from a mobile phone too - but later.

The VPN should just present a LOGIN screen to the user and then show a basic desktop with just say Office and IE installed on it.

I'm totally new to this sort of stuff - so SIMPLE to start with - I don't want to get into "Remote / Roaming" Domains or any other "Geeky stuff" at this stage -- just the simple basics - LOGON etc.

Any links greatfully appreciated -- there's so many to choose from so I don't know where to start. The network connectivity to the server works fine --at least with RDP so I don't have to worry at least about that bit of the system.

Cheers
jimbo
 

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pparks1

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First off, a vpn in just a virtual network connection, so it won't natively present you with a desktop or applications. It will get you remotely connected to the network, from there you will launch something else to connect to a desktop, either rdp, terminal services, etc.

Doing a VPN is natively built into sever 2012, so you won't need any software, free or otherwise to setup a.basic VPN.
 

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jimbo45

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Hi there
Thanks

I'll play around with that to start with.

What I want eventually is for the user to enter a Pin number plus a 6 digit key generated by one of those RSA Securid "thingey's".

Cheers
jimbo
 

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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10
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    1 X LG 40 inch TV
    Hard Drives
    SSD's * 3 (Samsung 840 series) 250 GB
    2 X 3 TB sata
    5 X 1 TB sata
    Internet Speed
    0.12 GB/s (120Mb/s)

pparks1

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Rather than use an RSA key, I'd suggest using some 2 factor authentication from something like DuoSecurity and the Google Authenticator app (free) that you run on a smartphone. That's what we use at work to connect to our remote desktop applications.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 7
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Self-Built in July 2009
    CPU
    Intel Q9550 2.83Ghz OC'd to 3.40Ghz
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R rev. 1.1, F12 BIOS
    Memory
    8GB G.Skill PI DDR2-800, 4-4-4-12 timings
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA 1280MB Nvidia GeForce GTX570
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC899A 8 channel onboard audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    23" Acer x233H
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Intel X25-M 80GB Gen 2 SSD
    Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black, 32MB cache. WD1001FALS
    PSU
    Corsair 620HX modular
    Case
    Antec P182
    Cooling
    stock
    Keyboard
    ABS M1 Mechanical
    Mouse
    Logitech G9 Laser Mouse
    Internet Speed
    15/2 cable modem
    Other Info
    Windows and Linux enthusiast. Logitech G35 Headset.