Looking for a free web based VPN?

February 2, 2011 at 07:51:32
Specs: Windows Server
Hey everyone, I'm trying to find a VPN solution for my business. We have Windows SBS 2008 and a Linux server. Right now I use Windows built in VPN and I have OpenVPN on Linux. The problem is most my remote users constantly have issues, either their router is blocking the connection or something just doesn't work.

I was looking at Baracuda SSL VPN and I really like how users just go to a website, log in, and then it provides them access right there to shared folders on the server, to internal websites and applications and so on. This also is similar to say a Citrix VPN. We only remote in VERY rarely so it's not worth it for me to purchase this actual appliance.

Are there any Linux distributions or software for linux or Windows that provides something similar that I can either run on my current servers, or even get another box to install on? Looking for something similar to the above. I really just want an easy way to access shared folders on the server without using vpn or remote web access or anything like that. Something that works on any computer, etc. Thanks!

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February 2, 2011 at 13:44:49
The Windows VPN is going to give you the most headaches because like you said most firewalls will block L2TP and PPTP and don't get me started on GRE. SSL is defiantly the way to go.


I would personally stick with your Open VPN because it is free. I thought Open VPN had SSL...


Personally I never like the software VPNs because they have to get through your edge routers and firewalls first before they work. I like the hardware ones like Sonic Wall or Cisco. We got a VPN combiner for our Cisco and never looked back. You may want to look into it.

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February 3, 2011 at 06:28:57
Thanks I'll check into that! I do like how OpenVPN works and how it integrates with active directory. I haven't had any users test it from home yet so I'm going to get one to try tonight. I've never had a problem with it though so far. The Windows one drives me nuts, for me it usually always works, but every few days it won't, so I have to use Logmein and connect, then re-run the "Enable VPN" wizard and then it works for some reason it's super annoying. When my one user first worked from home the other day he tried to VPN and it wouldn't work at all, or it would connect then drop after about 5 seconds. Thanks for the help!

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February 4, 2011 at 03:53:13
The option left behind is using an online VPN service. .... friends when they come over,
I have Linux vpn - but connects to the Internet via vpn.

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February 4, 2011 at 08:02:15
I was playing with PF Sense and noticed that it has VPN support. Might want to check it out, but it is a full blown firewall.


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