Beginning OpenVPN 2.0.9
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About the Author
Markus Feilner is a Linux professional from Regensburg, Germany, and has been working with open-source software since the mid 1990s. His first contact with UNIX was a SUN cluster and SPARC workstations at Regensburg University (during his studies of geography). Since the year 2000, he has published several documents used in Linux training all over Germany. In 2001, he founded his own Linux consulting and training company, Feilner IT feilner-it.net. Here and as trainer, consultant, and systems engineer at
Millenux, Munich, he focused on groupware, collaboration, and virtualization with Linux-based systems and networks.
Since 2007, he has been an editor at the German Linux-Magazin, where he writes about Open Source Software for both printed and online magazines, including the Linux Technical Review and the Linux Magazine International linux-magazine.com. He regularly giese speeches and lectures at conferences in Germany. Security and VPN have never left his focus in his publications. He authored OpenVPN: Building and Integrating Virtual Private Networks in 2006, and Scalix: Linux Administrator's Guide published by Packt in 2008.
He is interested in anything about geography, travel, photography, philosophy (especially that of open-source software), global politics, soccer, and literature, but always has too little time for these hobbies.
Markus Feilner supports Linux4afrika - a project bringing Linux computers into African schools. For more information please visit linux4afrika.de!
Norbert Graf is a professional IT specialist from Munich with many years of experience in network security and server virtualization. His special fields of interests are Linux-based Firewalls, VMware, and XEN Virtualization.
Since 2002 he has been working as a Consultant for an IT company near Munich, for customers from the healthcare sector like hospitals or pharmaceutical concerns to small companies.
He made his first experiment with computers with the Commodore C64 learning to program in basic, followed by an x86 processor PC with DOS and Windows. He is still working with Windows and Linux networks everyday. His field of work includes especially integrating Linux Servers like Proxies or OpenVPN Servers in Microsoft Active Directory infrastructures.
Since 2007 he has published several articles (mostly about Windows and Linux cooperation) together with Markus Feilner in the German and International Linux-Magazine.
In November 2007 his son Moritz was born and made the whole family very happy.
- Publisher : Packt Publishing (December 3, 2009)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 356 pages
- ISBN-10 : 184719706X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1847197061
- Item Weight : 1.35 pounds
- Dimensions : 7.5 x 0.81 x 9.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,772,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book gives a pretty good (if not too long) background on what a VPN is and the pros and cons of different types of VPN solutions. That's not really what I needed when I purchased that book Unfortunately, when you get to the "how-to" section in chapter 7, the authors start with excruciating detail like "double click this file", then proceed to skip over huge, important concepts like how to assign or determine what should be the IP address of the Virtual Ethernet device. Those are the exact concepts that need to be explained - otherwise you could just go online and read the on-line guides that are available.
This book turned out to be very disappointing.
OpenVPN and how to configure it so it was just what I needed at the time.
The rest of the book assembles a lot of information that you can use to deal with certificates, configure and manage OpenVPN, run it using graphics interfaces (GUI).
Finally, there are advanced chapters on tunneling, per-client configurations, automated installs, etc.
In reading this book, I found the language used for explaining these very difficult concepts to be very "user-friendly" and easy to follow. In the chapter dealing with why one may need OpenVPN, the use cases are very clear, the arguments are put forth in a neutral and not overly technical way. Unlike some books about advanced topics this book written in a way that does not require prior knowledge. The needed information is given in the preface and early chapters.
The practical chapters are well illustrated with screen captures that follow the flow of the installation of OpenVPN software. I'm not an expert on OpenVPN, but it looks like care was taken to make charts (like command and options lists) as easily accessible as possible.
An entire chapter is devoted to mobile OpenVPN. One of the main reasons to be interested in the security of OpenVPN is indeed the fact that you have no control over access points when traveling.
The appendix contains a lengthy list of good resource links.
As the producer of the VoIP Users Conference, I recently had the pleasure of chatting with Markus Feilner. This interview is available at [...]