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How to Automate OpenVPN Server Deployment and User Management


Recently I’ve been tasked to come up with a VPN solution which must support: - All major desktop and mobile OSes as clients - Clients behind NAT - Mikrotik RouterOS as a client - Site-to-site and remote access VPNs

First, I had to decide whether it will be a dedicated hardware appliance or software running on a VM. The latter was more appealing because of its flexibility and ease of deployment.

Second, I needed to choose the actual software. The following options were considered: - IPSEC implementations such as FreeSWAN, OpenSWAN or strongSWAN - OpenVPN - SoftEther

OpenVPN was chosen because of its huge user base, cross-platform client support, and extensive customization options.

Automate Windows VM Creation and Configuration in vSphere Using Packer, Terraform and Ansible (Part 1 of 3)


In this series of posts I'd like to show how to automate the process of setting up virtual infrastructure consisting of several Windows Server 2016 machines. Most articles I've come across cover the use of cloud providers (e.g. AWS) as a virtualization platform, so I decided to make a write up about my experience with VMware vSphere.