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07-14-2010, 11:41 AM
I have a MacBook and a MacPro, the MacPro has all my stuff on it. Sometimes I need to go mobile and am trying to figure out how to access the files on my MacPro via VPN.

I've gone into the network settings on my MacBook and entered the ip address for the MacPro and the username and password but no dice. It seems like it should be that easy but I must be missing something.

07-14-2010, 12:45 PM
Why not port forward/tunnel ssh? It is easier to setup than a VPN (but it isn't that easy)
If you don't understand what that means try teamviewer - you can control your Mac as well as grab files from it. Free for personal use.
TeamViewer - Free Remote Access and Remote Desktop Sharing over the Internet (http://www.teamviewer.com/index.aspx)

07-15-2010, 11:01 AM
Thanks, but the VPN solution is what I'm specifically looking for.

07-15-2010, 11:16 PM
Is your Mac Pro running OSX Server? That is the only OSX that I know that comes with a VPN server by default. Otherwise you'd have to load a VPN server onto your machine.
Apple - Downloads - Networking & Security - VPN-X Server (http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/networking_security/vpnxserver.html)

Here is an article
Maclive.net:: Setup Mac OS X VPN Server for Mac & XP Clients (http://www.maclive.net/sid/132)

Again - VPN is not for the faint of heart - if all you want to do is go mobile and sometimes get some files from your machine I again recommend team viewer. Literally install a dmg file and you have direct access to files and control of your desktop.

Jason A Green
09-17-2010, 04:42 PM
Not sure this will help:

VPN Guide - Mac Support London, Mac Consultant - All Graphics IT (http://www.allgraphicsit.co.uk/Guides_PPTP_VPN.php)

It has a guide on how to setup VPN on your Mac, looks like you will need a server.