6.2. Task 6.2: Configuring the VPN Server

As more and more employees telecommute to the office, VPN technology has become increasingly important. A VPN server at the office enables secure communications for the worker at home connecting to the office LAN over the public wires of the Internet.

There are many vendors of VPN server software and appliances, offering a wide variety of strengths of authentication, encryption, and integrity validation. Any Microsoft server-class operating system has the capability to be configured as a VPN server, securely connecting the telecommuter to the corporate LAN as if they were directly connected to the Ethernet cabling inside the office.

The weaker—but often considered acceptable-strength—VPN implements Point-to-Point ...

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