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Setting up a VPN Server using Untangle Gateway

Today I will show you how to set up a VPN Server using Untangle Gateway.  Untangle Gateway is a dedicated hardware firewall which can be configured in a multitude of ways one of those being as a VPN server.

For the basis of this tutorial I will assume you already have Untangle Gateway installed and configured with the default rack.  If not this tutorial will show you how.

On the default rack shown above scroll down until you come to OpenVPN and click on settings.

On the following screen you will get the option of setting Untangle Gateway as either a VPN server or a VPN client.  Click on VPN server.  This opens up the wizard.  Click next.

To complete the VPN setup you have to configure 2 steps.  Step 1 is your organisation details as shown below.  Once you have entered the required details click next.

Step 2 is to configure a list of hosts or networks that your VPN users will have access to. Your internal network is added by default.  If you wish your users to be restricted to certain servers or workstations this is where you configure it.  For the purpose of this tutorial I will leave this as my internal network.

Once you are happy with the configuration click next.  You will then get the finished screen.

That is your VPN server configured.  We now have to add remote clients.  Untangle Gateway also gives you the option of adding remote networks instead of individual clients.  For the purpose of this tutorial I will add a remote client.

Close down the page to get back to the main page and click on the Clients tab.

On the next page click Add.  This is where you enter the details of the remote client.  My remote client will be called XP1 and I shall leave the Address pool as default.

Once configured click Done.  You will now see that XP1 has been added to the remote client list.

Now click Apply and when applied click ok.  Your server is now set up and XP1 should be able to access your network.

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Hi I am Chris the owner of ComTech. I provide IT Support, Laptop repairs and Computer repairs to both personal and business clients in and around Stirling. For a list of what I can offer you why not visit my website where you will find my blog, testimonials, services and much more.  Start supporting a local business today so I can start supporting you.

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How to set up a VPN Server on Windows Server 2008 R2

Today we are going to have a look at setting up a VPN server on Windows Server 2008 R2.  For anyone who would rather set one up on Windows 7 instead you can find the relevant tutorial by reading this blog.

For the purposes of this tutorial I will be using Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard with 2Gb of RAM and tw0 network cards hosted within Virtualbox.  I will assume that you have already installed Windows Server 2008 R2 within your existing network.

The first thing you need to do is add the Network Policy and Access role in Server Manager (as shown below).

On the next screen make sure that Routing and Remote Access Services, Remote Access Service and Routing are all ticked (shown below).

On the final page click install.

Once installed expand Network Policy and Access Services in Server Manager and right click on Routing and Remote Access to start the wizard.

On the Configuration page click on Remote Access.  On the Remote Access page which follows click on VPN.

On the VPN Connection page choose the network adapter which connects to the internet and click on next (for the purpose of this tutorial I will leave the ip address as dhcp but in real life you would set this as a static ip address).

On the following page you will be asked to specify how your vpn server will assign ip addresses to clients.  Unless you have some specific need for certain addresses then I would suggest you leave this as automatic.

Once your ip address assignment has been taken care of you will then be asked if you want to set up the vpn server to work with a Radius Server.  If you don’t have one on your network then choose no.

On the final page click finish and your vpn server will then be installed.  Don’t forget to set up port forwarding on your router or you will not be able to access your vpn server.

Only thing left to do is to check the configuration by trying to access your server by vpn. For guidance on how to set up a vpn connection on Windows 7 please refer to this blog.

About the Author

Hi I am Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows and Linux based IT Support, laptop repairs and computer repairs to both business and personal clients in and around Stirling.

For a list of what I can offer you why not visit my website where you will find a list of my services, testimonials, blog and much more.



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