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How to create an SSL VPN with my Cloud servers

A VPN, an acronym for Virtual Private Network, is a network technology that allows a secure extension of a local area network (LAN) over a public or not controlled network like the Internet.

It allows a device connected to the local area network to send and receive data over shared or public networks as if it were a private network with all the functionality, security and management policies of that private network.

Thanks to a VPN connection, we can establish contact with machines that are hosted on our local network -or other local networks- in a completely secure way, since the connection established between both machines travels fully encrypted. It is as if from our connected equipment to the Internet we established a private and secure tunnel to our home or to our office, with which we can communicate without fearing that our data are vulnerable.

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The main advantages of using VPNs can be summarized in:

  • Integrity, confidentiality and data security.
  • VPNs reduce costs and are easy to use.
  • Facilitates communication between two users in distant places.

In SWHosting you can create a VPN to communicate the various devices connected to your local area network with your Cloud servers.

To create a VPN you must first include your server or Cloud servers in a VLAN (Virtual Local Area Network) through SWPanel.

The steps to create a VLAN with your Cloud servers are described in the following manual:

How to create a VLAN with my Cloud servers

Once you have created the VLAN among your Cloud servers you should follow the following steps to create your SSL VPN:

1. Create the Networking container and add the Private VLAN to your SSL VPN.

In the upper right part of your SWPanel you must click on the blue button "Create a Service"

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Among all the possible services that you can create with your SWPanel choose "Containers"

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Then click on the option ”Networking”

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In the next window you must choose the option "SSL VPN"

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On the left side of the new window, you will see the list of all your available VLANs, in which you can check the check box of those VLANs that you want to use with your SSL VPN. Once the VLAN has been selected, you must press the ”Next” button

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In the next window, you can define the nickname of the VPN container with which it will be identified in your SWPanel. You can also indicate the name of the person in charge, as well as your telephone and email. In the section corresponding to the access data, note the user access to your VPN and enter the password you prefer. Once you have defined the data, you must click on the "Next" button.

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In the next window, the costs corresponding to the creation of the SSL VPN will be summarized, according to the VLAN number that you have added to it. To accept the creation of the SSL VPN you must press the button "Create New Container"

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Once you have created your SSL VPN, you can manage the VLANs included in it and your access users, from your Dashboard in your SWPanel.

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2. Configure my LAN devices to connect to my Cloud servers through the SSL VPN

We help you configure the SSL VPN connection on Windows and mobile devices (Android/iOS).

Installation and configuration in Windows

To connect to the SSL VPN from Windows, you must first install the VPN client "Pulse Secure" (or use, if you have it, the old "Junos Pulse").

Once installed, you can now configure the SSL VPN connection:

  • Access the Start menu and select Press Secure.

  • Then press the "+" button to configure a new SSL VPN connection: enter image description here

  • Enter the connection data: enter image description here

  • Name: Assign any name of your choice.

  • Server URL: vpnssl.dnssw.net

  • Press Connect to save the changes and make a test connection.

  • A window will appear requesting access credentials: enter image description here

  • Username: It corresponds to the one you wrote down in the previous section, when registering the SSL VPN.

  • Password: Enter the password chosen in the previous section, at the time of registering the SSL VPN.

  • Save settings: Optional. Credentials will be saved, so they will not be required again.

  • Press Connect, and if everything went well, in a few moments your new connection appears with the status "Connected". By clicking on the arrow "⯈" located to the left of the connection name, the details appear: enter image description here

  • You can check the assigned IP as well as other connection data, accessing File> Connections> Advanced connection data ...: enter image description here

Installation and configuration on Android/iOS mobile devices

The configuration process is almost identical on Android and iOS devices:

  • Access the app store (Play Store or App Store), search and download the application Pulse Secure.

  • Open the application, enter the SSL VPN server address ("https://vpnssl.dnssw.net") and press Send: enter image description here

  • Indicate the connection data and press Add: enter image description here

  • Set as default connection: If you are only going to make use of this SSL VPN connection, we recommend activating this option.

  • Name of the connection: Assign any name of your choice.

  • URL: https://vpnssl.dnssw.net

  • Username: It corresponds to the one you wrote down in the previous section, when registering the SSL VPN.

  • Authentication type: We leave the option that appears by default ("Password").

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  • The new SSL VPN connection is created: enter image description here

  • Let's make a test connection, press Connect: enter image description here

  • Enter the password chosen in the previous section, at the time of registering the SSL VPN, and press Sign In.

In some mobile devices, you will be asked for permission to configure this VPN connection, you must allow it by pressing Accept or the corresponding option.

  • The new connection appears in green, which indicates that we are connected to the SSL VPN.

  • You can check the assigned IP as well as other connection data, by clicking on the name of the connection (in this example, "My VPN connection"): enter image description here

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