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Mar
12
revised Are network and broadcast IPs supposed to respond?
edited body
Mar
12
comment What method can I use to manage hundreds of VPNs/Remote Connections to servers outside my network?
I know you don't want to restrict the clients used at all, but can you see how many of these VPNs could be connected to by a Linux-based client? If you could terminate most of your connections on a Linux client, then you could manage the whole set of them with a configuration management tool. Have you considered putting a device of your own within their network? A small raspberry pi sized device could create a connection to your network maybe?
Mar
12
comment What method can I use to manage hundreds of VPNs/Remote Connections to servers outside my network?
For the Routing suggestion were you thinking one router per client? If not you would almost certainly have to deal with some seriously complex configurations. Having a wide variety of clients almost certainly means you will have a large number of clients with overlapping private address space, trying to manage that all with a single router, and get the ACLs right so you don't build tunnels between clients would be extremely complex.
Mar
12
comment What method can I use to manage hundreds of VPNs/Remote Connections to servers outside my network?
Server Datacenter edition has the advantage of allowing unlimited virtualisation rights - That is only for Windows Server VMs right? I didn't think you could use a Workstation edition of Windows without additional licenses.
Mar
12
revised What method can I use to manage hundreds of VPNs/Remote Connections to servers outside my network?
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Mar
12
comment Execute Powershell Add-Computer remotely via Invoke-Command
Try adding a -Authentication CredSSP to your creation of the pssesion perhaps? It seems to be about your authentication.
Mar
12
comment “NTP socket is in use” messages from ntpdate in syslog
Tell us more about your system then? What distro? How did it get installed (is it a hosted VM)? With more details about your system, someone might know where the default jobs are configured. Past that I would just do a cd /etc ; grep ntpdate * -R and cd /var/spool/cron ; grep ntpdate * -R. Figure out the purpose of each matching file.
Mar
12
comment “NTP socket is in use” messages from ntpdate in syslog
change this cron job to stop the ntp service before this command executes - No, don't do this. The NTP server needs to stay running for the most precise time. If you have a correctly configured ntp daemon, then do not use ntpdate.
Mar
11
awarded  Good Answer
Mar
6
comment Issues with connecting to OPENVPN
Read your syslog. The OpenVPN daemon, and scripts give lots of useful information. Possibly adjust your config to verb 4 for even more detail.
Mar
5
comment Two networks with the same static IP addresses
Trying to use the same subnet on multiple VLANs is a road to insanity.
Mar
5
comment How to password protect a file?
And why does the machine that you are connecting to the server from make any difference?
Mar
5
comment How to password protect a file?
What? That doesn't make any sense.
Mar
5
comment How to password protect a file?
Why do you think you need to password protect the file? Can you not just handle this with filesystem permissions? I.E. Don't make it executable for anyone other than root.
Mar
5
awarded  ssl
Mar
5
comment New User Accounts have “Too Much” privileges Windows 7 Ultimate Edition SP1 x64
Do they users actually need save anything locally? If not, then consider purchasing and using something like Deepfreeze that will make it so that rebooting the computer reverts everything so it goes back to a known state. The other other alternatives. Even with the full GPO access locking down windows can be untenable.
Mar
4
comment Please clarify for me how tcpwrappers works
This is a relatively recent change (6.7+) back in October. You would only notice it if you are living on the bleeding edge.
Mar
4
comment Please clarify for me how tcpwrappers works
Keep in mind that recent versions of OpenSSH have dropped support for tcp wrappers, so that isn't a great example.
Mar
4
answered Bash evaluation baffling
Mar
4
comment Bash evaluation baffling
Honestly, I would be tempted to add a set -x at the top of your script, so you get verbose echoing of what is going on. That often is very helpful for debugging.