a bit OT - VPN+Windows

Rob Hurle rob at coombs.anu.edu.au
Tue Jan 9 00:55:49 UTC 2007

On Mon, 8 Jan 2007, Wojciech Puchar wrote:

> could You put me to some manual about configuring any king of VPN (with 
> encryption at least, preferable compression too) with windows machines as 
> clients and FreeBSD as servers.
> i used VPN's many times but always with unix on both sides and used vtun 
> which works great. unfortunately there is no vtun for windows.

I have used poptop (AKA pptpd) - in the ports collection, but the 
really useful information is at:


However, two points:

1.  pptpd is built for Linux.  For FreeBSD user-land ppp is used, no 
matter what you specify, and so the config file is /etc/ppp/ppp.conf. 
Anything you say about this setting in /usr/local/etc/pptpd.conf is 
ignored, and the ppp.conf file used instead.  Also, some settings are 
repeated in both ppp.conf and pptpd.conf - the ppp.conf settings take 
precedence.  The ppp.conf needs to specify a label for pptpd to use, 
and it is:

 	  (normal ppp directives follow this)

2.  You need to set your FreeBSD system to be a gateway 
(gateway_enable="YES" in /etc/rc.conf) and some routing and ARP stuff 
enabled in rc.conf:


I have it working at a fairly large site where people use XP at home 
and access the Windows stuff through a FreeBSD 6.1 gateway.


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