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Setting up a VPN

Is it very difficult to setup a VPN?

Where can I read about  this? Is there a sort of VPN for dummies?
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There are more than a few ways to set up VPNs.  I find that the easiest and most secure way is to purchase a hardware VPN endpoint.  Linksys and Cisco make these items.  By using these endpoints, you establish an extra layer of security.  Users must access the endpoint with an ID and password.  Then they must log on to the network.  Some VPN's are set up between locations with a permanent connection..
robrodpAuthor Commented:
Can you do this without a hardware VPN endpoint?
Andy KeeneyCommented:
it all depends what hardware you are using and what software you are using for authentication.  if you are on a windows server environment, in Active directory you can tell it to allow remote access, and use rras to allow vpn passthrough. If you are trying to use a windows XP machine goto network properties and follow the create a new connection directions. Make sure you add your user(s) to the local acct for win xp and tell it to allow remote access.

once you have setup your vpn server, goto network properties and click on create new connection and follow directions for connecting to a vpn server.  

for your router/firewall you must make sure you open appropriate ports to allow incoming traffic.  the ports you open depend on what type of ecryption you use.  be it IPSEC L2TP or MS PPTP.

As far as wanting a place to read up on vpns...google it.  it is all over the net.
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