[kwlug-disc] firewall question

unsolicited unsolicited at swiz.ca
Tue Feb 17 18:14:31 EST 2009

I'm not volunteering here ...

VPN, like ssh, and innumerable other things, has more difficulty in 
client distribution, communication, and control, than in the 
technology itself.

e.g. Suppose you set up VPN for a laptop user. And the laptop gets 
stolen. The issues around the technology become much bigger than the 
technology itself.

Can you be more specific as to the nature of the content of the 
presentation you would like to see?

For me, the automation of the distribution (reducing the complex and 
convoluted instructions necessary to the user), would be a key item.

Paul Nijjar wrote, On 02/17/2009 5:51 PM:
>> 3) You can swing a VPN into play -- take a close look at OpenVPN.
>> OpenVPN is UDP based, so it's very NAT friendly.  It is quite
>> powerful, and potentially provides value in all kinds of
>> circumstances, so I'd suspect that most geeks would get long term
>> value out of learning it.
> I guess we're supposed to wait until Richard observes that this
> would make a really good meeting topic before trying to find a
> victim to present it?
> I personally would be interested in learning how to set it up
> easily and securely (and the considerations involved), as well as
> some of the things people do with it.
> We're using OpenVPN a little in our organization, but I still don't
> understand it very well. These days my default VPN is closed-source
> (but really easy to configure) Hamachi.

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