A long time ago in 2005 I started using SSL-Explorer as my own private VPN appliance running on VMware. SSL-Explorer made it possible to easily access my complete network at home in a very secure and reliable way. At the time I wrote an article about how to set it up.
After six years (!) of running the same tool I got curiuous about if there was any news on the project since it has been stopped after a takeover from Barracuda. The project made a new start and was named Adito. After that it was named OpenVPN-ALS. It looks like there is not a big active community.
Adito has installations for 64 bit architecture, so I decided to install it on a new, fresh and faster OS Centos 5.7 64 bit. It works great and I do not understand why this VPN application is not more succesfull and well known. Great appliance for small business environments to connect to your office files and applications from home in a secure way. Go ahead and try it!
This is what I did:
Install Centos 5.7 with a minimized Installation using Kickstart. To get this minimized install you can find the kickstart file parameters at the end of the article.
# download Adito (OpenVPN-ALS)
yum -y install zip
mv adito-0.9.1 /opt/adito
# install java
yum install jre
# install ant
yum install ant
# install adito
# start adito
service adito start
chkconfig adito --level 345 on
The original appstore from Adito seems to be gone. I added the private appstore of Lars Werner (Norway).
You just have to set 2 configuration options in adito/system.properties file:
restart Adito after the change
Kickstart file paramters to get a minimized install with only the tools that I need: