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Is VPN prone to hacking?

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Hi, we are considering putting a VPN between our development server and the main hosting server.

I've heard VPNs are prone to hacking? And someone mentioned that you really ought to be using Citrix.

Has anyone any experience of this? How can I reduce the possibility that we are hacked?

Many thanks,

Chris.
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No VPN are not prone to hackers.
However MS did make a mistake with the first encryption protocol of their implementation of VPN.
If you use 2003 your safe when setting up an VPN.

I would use Citrix over a VPN connection just like RDP or VNC.

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/itsolutions/branch/default.mspx

Read this and you are ready to setup your own VPN!
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As trenes said... No, VPN is not prone to hackers.
Citrix is not a replacement for VPN, more of a replacement for Terminal Services.
A hardware VPN solution is much preferred over Windows VPN.... like a Cisco VPN client to Cisco VPN concentrator or Cisco to Cisco VPN tunnel for network to network.
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Perfect! Thanks.

Very quickly then, as one of the servers is our web server having a VPN will not limit the ability to publically serve sites over port 80 and/or use remote desktop and Enterprise manager access etc will it?

My only experience is with XP Pro which seems to lock you into that connection with the other machine and disable general Internet usage.

Thanks again.

Chris.
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Using VPN will not limit the availability of access to the web server. They run on different ports (windows VPN on port 1723)... this is assuming you are making a VPN connection to the server itself using Windows VPN.  IF you use hardware VPN, then it is all a function of the VPN or firewall hardware box.
If there is a firewall in front of the server, it will need the port open for VPN.
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Once again. Thanks!

Much appreciated.
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