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10.2 Server includes Virtual Private Network daemon System
Jaguar Server has a Virtual Private Network (VPN) daemon, located here:
It supports PPTP connections and has an extensive "man" page. In my limited testing, it works.

This is pretty cool, since it means Jaguar Server and Client together form an end to end VPN solution -- you don't have to buy a special router or a Windows box to have a good VPN.
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non Server?
Authored by: Embro on Sep 07, '02 05:11:55PM

Can this daemon be copied to non-server Jaguar?

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non Server?
Authored by: samsprograms on Sep 16, '03 06:57:47PM

Me too!?

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Authored by: mbartosh on Sep 08, '02 10:37:07PM

A couple of people have emailed me asking how I got vpnd working. I should have posted this earlier, because it's not obvious and took me a couple hours to figure out.

This is my post from the omnigroup macosx-admin list:

To get it to work I had to create /etc/ppp/options and put in a seperate allow-ip statement for all of my internal addresses (I tested with 3). You'll then start to receive an error that says something like :

noname pppd[491]: PPTP error when reading header for outgoing_call_request : Undefined error: 0

...knowing very little about pptp, I used google, which gave me no answer.

After some trial and error I found that if I removed nodetach from


everything worked.

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Authored by: jfanelli on Sep 09, '02 10:50:37AM

could you provide the contents of your /etc/ppp/options file? Also, how did you test this, X server -> X server, or did you use a windows client? I get nothing but authentication errors in my log. How are you setting up authentication and providing credentials when you connect?

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Authored by: dhardman on Sep 17, '02 12:53:10PM

OK, I'm a little lost on this one. I've been playing with it for a few hours now and am at a wall...

I commented out the nodetach option, and added a few things to the "options" file, but I don't know what I do, or do not need. Any chance you could post a copy of your "options" file to get me started??

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Whose software is it?
Authored by: mithras on Sep 09, '02 09:19:31AM

What do the man pages describe - is this Apple software, or an open-source project that they include with X Server?

I looked around briefly for a BSD- or GPL-licensed PPTP server, and found just a little bit. One project calls itself vpnd, but seems to be a unix-to-unix solution only; another is a pptp server, but calls itself "Poptop" or pptpd.

Any information?

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Whose software is it?
Authored by: mbartosh on Sep 16, '02 01:36:10AM

If you'll note the man page- it has an Apple copyright. So the code is probably Apple's.

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