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

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    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

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    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

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    Does anyone have any info on this. Struggling with the same problem.
     
  4. Silencio macrumors 68020

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    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:

    http://yazsoft.com/products/sharetool/
     

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