OS X 10.5 Server and VPN Setup first time

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by dieseltwitch, Dec 23, 2008.

  1. dieseltwitch macrumors regular

    Jan 24, 2008
    Ok so i just got OS X 10.5 Server and im trying to setup a VPN so i can have access to my drives and from the road. im not an IT Guy so im i have never done this before. so could some one either direct me through the process or point me to site that has a step by step.

    just for your info

    I have a Static IP address from my ISP
    I'm running an iMac and and AirPort Extreme

    i think i setup up the server and and started the VPN but im not 100% sure i did it right
  2. dieseltwitch thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 24, 2008
    Ok so i think i got it figured out as far as setting it up. but what i cant get working the the port mapping on the airport extreme. i tried 22 and 80 and i when i did a port scan they show up as open but thats as far as i got. i cant get any thing to connect.

    I get a "Connection failed" message.

    some one help.
  3. cfrench macrumors newbie

    Apr 12, 2009
    Waukee, Iowa
    Does anyone have any info on this. Struggling with the same problem.
  4. Silencio macrumors 68020


    Jul 18, 2002
    Last time I tried setting up OS X Server as a gateway / VPN, it was under Tiger Server. Unfortunately, it was a real pain to configure and I found the performance and reliability to be unsatisfactory (on a Dual 2.0GHz PowerMac G5).

    Most people will get better results with a standalone VPN router. Linksys makes some affordable models like the RV042 that are worth checking out.

    I used to use a Netopia VPN router for my own home network. It's a tricky one to configure, but since I'd done it so many times for paying clients it was no big deal for me to do it at home. But since I have MobileMe, I started just using Back To My Mac. It's really much more painless than setting up PPTP or IPsec VPN connections, and you don't need OS X Server or a fancy router to use it.

    If you don't have MobileMe, look into a program called ShareTool from that also sets up Bonjour over encrypted WAN connections:


Share This Page