secure gaming server will thus work?

December 23, 2012 at 18:44:31
Specs: whs 2011, 4gb ddr3 phenom ii x4 3.2
I wanted to create a minecraft server on whs 2011. But I'm worried about how insecure this will make my network as I'm not sure about leaving ports open. So what I have done is created a VPN with my whs 2011 and intend to give them a username and password. This will allow me to keep just the VPN port open and keep my network more secure. I have tested it and it works. Just wondered if I'm correct in thinking this a safer way to do it? P.s I have known these friends for years and trust them with my life.

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#1
December 23, 2012 at 19:34:35
I'm not a gamer but a VPN is always safer. However, there could be a problem if your ISP sees the traffic.

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#2
December 24, 2012 at 04:07:33
I support what @ Guapo suggested so for the users would be authenticated by their individual username and password. In addition, I would advise you to enforce combine characters in the password and it should be changed at least every 90 days. More so, make sure the security data base authentication is based on other user Database besides that of ADS. Probably SQL.

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#3
December 24, 2012 at 04:55:55
You could also put the server in the DMZ if your SOHO router supports that.

While a VPN with authentication is a more secure idea, it's also more hassle. If you're planning on only a limited number of people being able to access it then I guess it won't be so bad but you won't be opening it to the public.

Personally, I'd just make sure the "server" was secure and use a port forward or the DMZ if available.


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#4
December 24, 2012 at 13:54:17
This thread is worth a look before you do anything...

http://www.computing.net/answers/ga...

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#5
December 25, 2012 at 21:34:34
I guess I should have added in my response that you should keep in mind I'm a networking professional who is well versed in the application of port forwards, firewalls, and VPN's.

Also, I've run a gaming server (physical box) which in turn had multiple game servers running on it which I had hosted at a colocation site.

I perused that thread quickly that SkipCox posted and I agree that attempting to create a VPN or port forward isn't a good idea if you don't know what you're doing.

I don't understand why you would want to run a minecraft server from your home on a computer that isn't a dedicated server that has it's own dedicated internet connection. Running a game in server mode from a home PC on a connection used by multiple people is just going to be painful for any clients attempting to connect to it remotely.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

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#6
December 26, 2012 at 07:32:36
I'm a chef who plays games for a bit of fun. So I'm no real expert at all! It all works fine and I have had no problems its only going to have 3 of 4 friends connecting to it. I don't have the funds for a dedicated gaming server and connection so my whs is going to have to do. I'm not expecting it to be the most secure thing in the world. I have done a port scan externally and the VPN is the only port which is open. I just wanted to make sure that nobody can just walk into my home network?

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#7
December 26, 2012 at 08:14:02
As long as connecting to the VPN requires a specific client and is encrypted you should be ok.

I have never touched minecraft so have to ask.....are there not any public servers out there you guys can connect to?

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I am the captain of my soul.

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#8
December 27, 2012 at 05:37:28
There are pubic servers out there. But we wanted one of our own. With nobody else and I didn't want to rent one. It was also a bit of a project to see how we can do it also. But yes it is encrypted and each person requires their own username and password. I now also use it when I'm using a public hotspot as I heard its much safer. I want to take this time to thank you for your advice.

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