Jul 8, 2008

Setup a simple VPN server using Windows XP on the easy!

A few days ago I mentioned how I used OpenVPN to setup a secure VPN server to my home network. I loved that solution because the possibilities are endless, and it is extremely expandable with no limitations because it is open source.

What if you don't need anything that fancy because you only have one or two computers at home? Did you know you can setup your home Windows XP Pro box to be a simple PPTP VPN server? Sure, PPTP isn't as secure as SSL, but it is better than a sharp stick in the eye, and it is sure convenient as hell!

Well, the boys over at Hak.5 decided to do a quick spot on just how easy it is to turn your XP box into a VPN server. All you need to get it working is the following video, and enable port forwarding on your router for port 1723 (PPTP) to point to your new Windows XP VPN server. Don't believe how easy it is? Check out the video (Via 5Min.com):

Do you have something like this setup at home? Do you use something else for a VPN/remote solution? Care to share with the rest of the class in the comments?

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