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SSH: The VPN No One Remembers

Jan 19, 2012, 22:03 (0 Talkback[s])
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"For anyone that doesn't know about VPNs, its basically the ability to use your server's resources (drives, bandwidth sometimes, etc...) remotely. So, for example, say you want to mount your server's /dev/sda6 partition to your home PC. You can use a VPN to do this, and you'll be able to browse all of those files from the luxury of your home PC.

"I'm sure everyone is aware as to what SSH (specifically OpenSSH) is, especially since there's been a lot of discussion about it on LinuxForum.com as of late. But, I don't know if many people actually realize just how powerful SSH can be. If used right, you can turn a regular SSH server into a non-resource intensive, very much free VPN server. While it won't be as robust as say, OpenVPN, its definitely better than buying a whole new server just for VPN functionality, and SSH can mount remote directories as well using sshfs."

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