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Re: [K12OSN] new principal ... wants new feature



On Tuesday 03 July 2007 4:46 pm, Dan Young wrote:
> On 7/3/07, Dimitri Yioulos <dyioulos firstbhph com> wrote:
> > On Tuesday 03 July 2007 4:07 pm, Dan Young wrote:
> > > On 7/3/07, Kari Matthews <karisue gmail com> wrote:
> > > > My new principal says that at his last school, the IT guy had the
> > > > server set up so that you could login from anywhere (like home) and
> > > > have access to his documents (on the server).  He claims that the
> > > > last school had some kind of web interface.  Hmmm.
> > >
> > > OpenVPN is free and runs on Linux, Windows, and Mac.
> >
> > I'm not trying to be disparaging (I use OpenVPN in our shop for certain
> > users), but OpenVPN requires generation of certificates, and installation
> > of software, those certs, and a config file on the client machine.  While
> > I'm not in the edu field, I'm guessing that most principals would find
> > this a bother, to put it mildly.  IMHO, a Web-based solution is probably
> > best here. As an alternative to DL'ing, installing, and setting up
> > SSL-Explorer (which we also use in our shop), Netgear makes an
> > inexpensive (~$300) 25-user SSL VPN appliance (my suspicion is that it's
> > driven by the commercial version of SSL-Explorer-same look and feel). 
> > I've seen it in action, and it works very well.
>
> Point taken. OpenVPN is to be set up with the help and guidance of
> your local expert.
>
> FWIW, the Windows installer can be custom built with the configuration
> pre-loaded, so end-users of the OpenVPN client could potentially just
> run an installer and go.
>
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> Dan Young <dyoung mesd k12 or us>
> Multnomah ESD - Technology Services
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Point also well taken.

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