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Wed 13 Nov 2013

VPN Server

Category : Technology/VPN.txt

I’ve got a VPN Server running on the plain client version of Mavericks. As usual with these installations, I did so many things to get this to work. I’ll need to figure out what I did that actually worked, and then put them all into a “VPN Enabler” app.

There are many uses for a VPN server. I’ll be going to Chengdu in China in a little less than three weeks’ time. I’ll be able to see if this helps me get past that Great Firewall of China, so I’ll still be able to get through to Facebook, etc, while I’m surfing the public WiFi over there.

I’m going to start work putting together this VPN Enabler app. If there is anyone interested in trying it out when I’m done, just drop me a note.

It felt great to get this working. I couldn’t get LDAP working properly on Mavericks (it doesn’t authenticate for Postfix or Dovecot anymore), so I was worried I was on a losing streak :) 

I’m like a junk man poking inside Mavericks, to see what’s there and what I can do with it. That’s why I hate the “iOSification” of Mac OS X. Lock up iOS all you want (though I could argue even against that). The Mac’s got all the power of Unix on tap. Don’t emasculate it.

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