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Standard User acpsd775
(member) Tue 21-Jun-11 20:14:19
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Linux and vpn


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Hi wondered if any one can help me ill start off by saying ive had a bit fair of experience with Linux using as a desktop and a fair bit with VPN but not both at the same time (VPN mainly with windows)

So here's a bit about what i want to do. in December im going to be switching to a FTTC provider for the extra upload. What i want to do is set a atom based system up and set a VPN server up on it so that i can just put files on there and my friend can connect via VPN (with windows 7) and securely get the files when he need/wants them.

The system i plan on using is a Intel Atom 330 dual core+HT (4thread) with 2gig DDR2 with a 1TB HDD. basically powerful enough for the job but silent cool and good on power to leave on 24/7.

Can any one suggest a Linux distro that would be best for this purpose as i said before ive always used Windows (XP) in the past to set up a vpn connection so not familiar with the best Linux for the job.

Any help is very much appreciated.

Ash

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Standard User john2007
(legend) Tue 21-Jun-11 20:28:56
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Linux is linux is linux. I'd use Debian stable (squeeze currently) for the applications software.
Standard User 12eason
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Tue 21-Jun-11 20:31:13
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I'd recommend arch (I always do though). Here's the wiki for setting up VPN: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/OpenVPN_Bridge

eta: Reading your description again though, I'd reckon you just need secure ftp access.

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Standard User acpsd775
(member) Tue 21-Jun-11 20:37:51
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Thanks guys will give both a try and see which works best on the machine its self.

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Standard User acpsd775
(member) Tue 21-Jun-11 21:11:06
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I should of put in my orig post i prefer not to bother with FTP. I used to have FTP set up with IIS on windows but always preferred VPN because is also allows him to access my other network share and also my printers and things. thanks again for the reply's though.

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Standard User dustofnations
(regular) Wed 22-Jun-11 11:20:24
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In reply to a post by acpsd775:
I should of put in my orig post i prefer not to bother with FTP. I used to have FTP set up with IIS on windows but always preferred VPN because is also allows him to access my other network share and also my printers and things. thanks again for the reply's though.

Ash


OpenVPN !== FTP. You could use OpenVPN and run Samba services over it, or whatever you'd usually do on your local network.
Standard User 12eason
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Wed 22-Jun-11 11:24:00
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I think he knows that. FTP was just my suggestion for file access alone.
Standard User Zadeks
(member) Wed 22-Jun-11 11:32:24
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Don't bother going down the FTP route. It's a nasty protocol!

Use SCP. smile
Standard User dustofnations
(regular) Wed 22-Jun-11 11:34:19
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In reply to a post by 12eason:
I think he knows that. FTP was just my suggestion for file access alone.

My mistake, I missed your edit.
Standard User glycol_streaming
(member) Wed 22-Jun-11 13:31:29
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Hello old chap, here's the easiest and still secure solution.

Any linux distro you are happy with will do.

Give your remote windows 7 fellow a ssh account on the new data-holding system and let him use winSCP from putty.

If your are more security-minded, you could ensure he only has a no-shell account so that he cannot roam around the system; you just upload the files to be shared into his account structure, ie /home/friend/datafiles/ .

Bob's your uncle!

You only need VPN's if you have other computers behind your vpn endpoint that you need to give access to, check out http://i-firewall.co.uk for Ultrasecure-it's solutions that do this.

Good luck.

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Anonymous
(Unregistered)Wed 22-Jun-11 14:08:21
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Afternoon,

As others have said.

Any Linux Distro will surfice! I personally use CentOS/Fedora as i'm a Redhat fan.

Just forward SSH on your Router to your Linux box (on a different source NAT port if you want to be really secure)

Then setup a /sbin/nologin shell account for your mate to retrieve the files via SCP.

If you need any further help drop us a PM.

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Standard User asbokid
(newbie) Wed 22-Jun-11 23:51:15
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i always get muddled up between VPN and VPL (visible panty line).. one track mind and all that.
Standard User Sandgrounder
(knowledge is power) Fri 24-Jun-11 00:10:40
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You might also consider using a suitable router to do the VPN work for you.



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Standard User acpsd775
(member) Fri 24-Jun-11 09:53:15
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I did consider that but it would just be an extra cost when ive already got the pc. In the past its been used as a file/printer sharing computer anyway b4 i switched to a wireless printer and put a 1TB drive in my main desktop. Then it was just used as a spare pc what friends used (till they all got there own laptops and just fetch those round now) lol. Thats the main reason i wanted to use it for this give the pc a purpose again lol.

I have looked at this to install on the pc its self ive used it in the past when i was with virgin media and it did very well. Although i only used it a week while a replacement router arrived so haven't tested it much but looks like its got a built in VPN server option so may give it a bash again.

Ash

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