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    How do you manage your servers remotely?

    We have a server located externally now instead of in school. I would like to be able to manage/control it from my home in case of any issues that are raised.

    The problem for me as far as i am concerned though is that i don't have a static IP address at my home. I am with Virgin Media who have stated they do not do this sort of thing and if I wanted it i would have to go to their business package.

    So how do you guys get around this sort of thing?

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    I use LogMeIn to control my school servers from home.

    Its free and work really well, details of it can be found here

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    I always found my ip with NTL/Virgin to be fairly static unless I disconnected for more than a day or so. Logmein is probably the best way to go

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    I use ssh to manage servers from home

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    We use the Cisco VPN client provided to all Kent schools as part of their KCN subscription to connect into the school, then I can use Remopte desktop connection to connect to my work PC, and then in turn to my Servers. Works a treat, but obviously only if your LEA offers a service like this.

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    Another vote for LogMeIn. Secure, easy to setup and works well

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    VPN + RDP as standard, backup of SSH server/tunnel + RDP if VPN is playing up.

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    All those that use SSH, how do you get around the non-static IP? I was thinking of getting the services set up on the firewall so that only my IP address was allowed.

    Obviously if my IP changed then i would be up the creek.

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    Three pronged approach: SSHGuard, configured for three strikes (three failed attempts to log in firewalls the address off for an increasing amount of time), firewall off non-uk addresses, and good password practice (you do that already, right?)

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    Well it's not me in charge of the firewall rules or ports, so no i don't do it. How would you firewall off non-UK addresses? Where would yo go for that sort of information?

    I'm just getting into the network side of things at the moment

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    You could use DynDNS or similar to map your home IP to a hostname and authenticate using that.

    Set up a VPN and/or use RDP or even UltraVNC etc. And yes - strong passwords!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntiThesis View Post
    You could use DynDNS or similar to map your home IP to a hostname and authenticate using that.
    I'd be wary of putting that much trust in DNS, especially dynamic reverse addressing. Imagine: your reverse zone has a 24 hour expiry, you're right in the middle of some critical thing and the line drops. When you're reconnected, you've got a different address, but can't do anything else until ((time you started)+24) o'clock the next day.

    As for walling off except a range: ask your provider what range they use for dynamic addresses, and restrict to that.
    Last edited by powdarrmonkey; 15th May 2009 at 02:24 PM.

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    mmm good points

    Yah your ISP should be able to provide you with addresses you can restrict to pretty easily.

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    Afterthought: using DNS for firewalling anything is risky, because it operates at a comparatively high level in the OSI model. If your DNS lookups break, you can't get in to fix that either - same kind of problem, but more serious.

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    zonedit.com for dynamic dns would be a good idea.

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