Can i host a VPN from home?

I've got Win 2000 Pro and i am using it to create some personal websites.

is it possible for me to host a vpn so that a friend of mine can have full access to my server and change/view the pages on my server via the Net.

I have a constant broadband connection via NTL (U.K.)

cheers guys
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corpkidCommented:
What OS is your friend running?
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lrmooreCommented:
G'day, Martz
If you both have Win2k or if your friend has XP, you can create IPSEC tunnel. It will depend on your broadband connection and if you have a router capable of forwarding ports from the public IP address to the private IP address of your workstation.

Cheers!
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MartzAuthor Commented:
hmm... i don't have a router of any kind, just my broadband stuck straight into a network card.(set-top box cable modem)

i have read up a bit on the IPSEC tunnel and protocols etc but all i can find is how to connect to a vpn, not actually host one. Is there an easy 'click here to make your network a vpn' (i know this isn't the case!!)

sorry i can't provide much info, i really do need the very basics here!

(he is on XP by the way, probably talk him round to 2000pro if needs be)

cheers guys
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lrmooreCommented:
If you have no router/firewall on your side, then he already has full access. Just create an account for him to use.
He can simply connect to your IP address
net use M: \\<ipaddress>\share password /USER:username

or he can create an hosts file entry for you:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\drivers\etc\hosts

youripaddress    myfriend

then he can connect to:
net use M: \\myfriend\share password /USER:username


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MartzAuthor Commented:
cheers for that irmoore, i'll give it a try tonight and let you know.
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MartzAuthor Commented:
cheers mate, that's worked like a dream.

one other thing, this has given full access to my files but can he use my server from here (to run .asp pages). Tried directly referencing it with the i/p address but to no avail.

am i missing something simple or does something else need to be set up


cheers
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lrmooreCommented:
Not sure I understand what you're tying to do, or what you mean by "run .asp pages". You might want to post a question in the Web Development TA
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MartzAuthor Commented:
I mean that to view web pages over my server i type 'http://localhost/web/etc.' in my browser, can my friend get access to this. It must go over the server like this for asp to work.

if you don't know don't worry, you've earned the points.
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lrmooreCommented:
Only way this will work using 'localhost' is for your friend to add antother host file entry:
youripaddress   localhost

and make sure that this line is NOT in the host file
127.0.0.1   localhost

else if he already has a hosts entry for you,
he can use http://myfriend/web/etc

if not
htt://youripaddress/web/etc



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MartzAuthor Commented:
cheers mate

my faith in experts exchange is restored!!
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