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Setup remote network login?

by rebaths / October 24, 2005 5:24 AM PDT

Hi, I run a small business and we are planning on expanding to 3 locations.

I would like to know what I need to setup a network between these locations.

The main location will have the main database and the 2 other locations will need access to these files. The main location currently has a network via a Linksys router. The 2 new locations must be able to gain access to either this network or an external hard drive accessible by all locations.

Is there an article somewhere on how to do this?


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Just finished one.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 25, 2005 12:18 AM PDT

Our database is on MySQL so all we needed to do was allow incoming traffic from the internet to the database server. I will not detail exactly how but note that PORT FORWARDING and was used. That was all the information I needed to know.

After that we installed our database frontend program on any internet connected machine and put in the IP address of the MySql server (it's public IP address, not the internal IP.)

Amazing stuff that works cheap and easy.


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Do I need a complete server?
by rebaths / October 25, 2005 6:39 AM PDT

I guess my main question is do I have to set up an entire server CPU or can I buy an external hard drive which is connected via ethernet and accesable by various locations?


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Please do a little lookup about MySQL
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 25, 2005 7:29 AM PDT

It runs on Mac, Linux, Windows and other machines. I've yet to find it work on just a hard disk. I've run MySQL on office castoff machines so this should not be a big hardware item.



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Not The Best Resolution
by dppres / December 7, 2005 1:43 AM PST

I am sorry to say this, but while MySQL will allow remote access, that procedure is by no means is a secure resolution. The best way to setup remote access is by implementing VPN services with a radius server. This way, the logon process requires passcodes and the data transmitted between locations can be encrypted.

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Even, not the best. Here's what I was given.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 7, 2005 1:57 AM PST

I had this mini credit card with an ever changing unique ID number. It was used along with my name and 2 other passwords and then the final number from said card.

It finally would let me in the system.

The logon was over the VPN (encrypted) link so it was possibly one of the most secure systems I used. However it was not funny to find that Sony ROOTKIT on the machines at the office.

Seems we'll need to eject Windows to get really secure again?


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Nothing is 100% Secure
by dppres / December 7, 2005 2:29 AM PST

What you were using for remote access was SecureID or something close to it. Nonetheless, it uses autentication processes, that while doesn't insure 100% security, does insure a highly level of security than most.

Like with any network, the most dangerous vulnerability is the local machine and local users. To address that, you would have to setup up some sort of packet analyzer which will filter certain information from leaving the local network.

Anyway, back to the point. Yes, move from Windows and implement a UNIX radius server to gain remote access through. Once a session is authenticated, have it redirect the connection to the main server.

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