AlmostVPNPRO
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AlmostVPN is an SSH tunnel manager for Mac OS X with a twist. This is what makes AlmostVPN different:
  • It's packaged as Preference Pane, so you do not have to use yet another application to configure your tunnels
  • It uses creative network configuration techniques to provide almost VPN-like access to remote services, so you can keep using real IP addresses and port numbers while accessing service on the other side of your tunnels.
  • It provides a simple way to:
    • Mount remote volumes
    • Use your remote printers and faxes
    • Access your
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Version 1.6/226: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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Pirx commented on 04 Aug 2007
www.leapingbytes.com seems to be down.
August 4, 2007, 1:26 a.m. Eastern
[Version 1.5.1]


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k0t1k (developer) commented on 25 May 2007
www.leapingbytes.com is back in business.

thank you for your patience.

Andrei Tchijov
Leaping Bytes, LLC
[Version 1.4]


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k0t1k (developer) commented on 23 May 2007
My trusty G4 which was used as a web/mail server by Leaping Bytes, just went down hard. I am trying to figure out what to do about it.
Sorry for inconvenience,
Andrei Tchijov
Leaping Bytes, LLC
[Version 1.4]

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k0t1k (developer) replied on 24 May 2007
UPDATE: e-mail is working again. Site should be up and running in next 24 hours.

Andrei Tchijov
Leaping Bytes, LLC
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ImperialFlow reviewed on 17 May 2007
There are a lot of comments about how easy this software is to use, and I can only believe that that must be for an older version.

I recently tried v1.4 to simply give me a nice interface for starting and stopping some SSH tunnels to a few servers I need to access.

The setup for this is so complicated I can't begin to understand the rhyme or reason. After an hour of just trying to get one tunnel working following the documentation at the developer's website I gave up.

The interface is crowded, the "Profile" and "Service" mechanism couldn't be more counter-intuitive, and once you get it all setup you can't even change the hostname of the "source" location to anything that makes sense... you know... like "localhost"

Anyway. I gave up. It was MUCH easier to download the old source code of "SSH Tunnel Manager" and build myself a Universal Binary than it was to get AlmostVPN to do a basic SSH tunnel.

AlmostVPN needs an AlmostVPN Lite for those people who are just looking for a tunnel manager.

I'm giving it 2 stars because, while it didn't crash on me, it couldn't achieve what I wanted in any kind of intuitive manner.
[Version 1.4]

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k0t1k (developer) replied on 20 May 2007
Just wondering ... I assume that you were using command line SSH before trying AlmostVPN. If this is the case, why command line import "Configure/Quick Config/Command Line", did not work for you?

Andrei Tchijov
Leaping Bytes, LLC
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chigh reviewed on 23 Aug 2006
This is for the demo of the PRO version.

The functionality of this software looks very promising. The menubar feature is definitely what I'm wanting. I've been using SSH Tunnel Manager and it has done the trick quite well, but it has lacked a few things AlmostVPN seems to promise.

My only beef: Setting up the services is a real PITA.

Yes, I've imported my settings from SSHTM. Each of the individual "tunnel" from SSHTM would be equivalent to a Profile in AlmostVPN. Each port redirection in SSHTM is a Service. Each Profile uses one SSH Server, multiple Hosts, and multiple Services. I have two Profiles in which I'm most interested. I have one Profile setup for when I am at home and one Profile for when I am anywhere else. Each Profile is setup identically; 10 Services, a handfull of Hosts, and one SSH Server. The only difference between the two profiles is the SSH server.

When I've imported the settings from SSHTM, AlmostVPN creates both SSH servers, but only one Profile; I need two. In that one Profile, only 10 Services are listed; I would expect to see 20. Of the 10 Services which are there, I am unable to distinguish which SSH server each of the Services is using - I could be missing the elephant in the middle of the room. I can't very well use my home setup outside my own network.

So, I've embarked on setting them up individually. It isn't difficult to do, but it IS time consuming, and unfortunately, since this is still only an RC release, it likes to crash after I've created about four or five of those Services. When I reopen the System Preferences, I see I've lost at least half of them each time. The only way to avoid losing any changes I've made, is to close System Preferences after creating each service.

All in all, I've spent close to an hour trying to set it up and I lost all my settings. So, now that I have gotten the hang of it, it'll probably only take me another 15 minutes to get it back the way I want it. I'll cross my fingers that it sticks. I'd rather it import from SSHTM like I think it should. That would've been a lot easier.
[Version 1.0rc2]

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k0t1k (developer) replied on 24 Aug 2006
Hi there, It looks like you have quite a sophisticated SSHTM configuration. I will be more than happy to work with you to improve import functionality of AlmostVPN. If you interested, please contact me at support@leapingbytes.com

Andrei Tchijov
Leaping Bytes, LLC
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chigh replied on 24 Aug 2006
Thanks! An email is on the way.
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detlevski commented on 18 Aug 2006
AlmostVPN is a must have for anyone who wants to establish a secure connection.
Andrei's (developer) support is great and very helpfull.
It is also very handy for setting up a
SSH to a MySQL server with limited (only localhost) access.
[Version 1.0rc2]


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todixy tipped on 13 Aug 2006
This is more like a question: is it possible to use this software to get ALL software diverted via ssh?I mean, if I want to use a P2P program which dowsn't support socks or anything, is this rerouted via the ssh?

In two words? is the ssh system-wide?

Thank you.
[Version 1.0rc1]

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k0t1k (developer) replied on 14 Aug 2006
AlmstVPN 1.0 is not "system wide" and unless your P2P software understand SOCKS or can communicate via TCP only, you will not be able to use AlmostVPN to tunnel your P2P traffic.

AlmostVPN 1.5 (coming at the end of this year) will provide "system wide" functionality.

What P2P software you are using? Some of the P2P clients CAN operate via TCP only (but most probable you vill be a "leech").

Very Best regards,

Andrei Tchijov
Leaping Bytes, LLC
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todixy commented on 14 Aug 2006
Thank you for the reply! I am using Transmission, Acquisition, Acqlite, Azureus, etc... Azureus knows socks, but not working properly... I can't wait for the 1.5 version.
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xSmurf commented on 15 Oct 2006
Might I also suggest having a look at:

http://zarb.org/~gc/html/udp-in-ssh-tunneling.html

It could prove useful for both of you.
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ncianca reviewed on 03 Aug 2006
This tool rocks! Not only does it work but it's easy to setup and very flexible. If you are stuck at a clients or behind a corporate firewall that blocks your access to the outside world, you can use this to get your email, filesharing, etc.
[Version 0.9.15]


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Pirx commented on 03 Mar 2006
The People's Republic of China has chosen to block all and any access to leapingbytes.com. I would regard that being a medal of honour, if the worlds no.1 paraniod censors are that much scared of leapingbytes.com.

But, it also poses a problem to download from leapingbytes.com.

Can you put AlmostVPN on a mirror-server somewhere?
[Version 0.9.13]

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Gaoshan replied on 03 Mar 2006
Do what everyone in China does and use a proxy server. It is simple to set up and it's what practically every internet savy person there does. You can also try Tor... worked great for me last time I was in China.

The Great Firewall, while unfortunate and a bad idea, isn't all the Great, it's more of an inconvenience.
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k0t1k replied on 04 Mar 2006
Actually AlmostVPN.dmg files are hosted on idisk. For example as of now, latest version could be downloaded from this URL:http://idisk.mac.com/atchijov/Public/AlmostVPN-0.9.13.dmg.zip. Version numbers are sequential, so next version will have URL http://idisk.mac.com/atchijov/Public/AlmostVPN-0.9.14.dmg.zip and so on so forth.

The only real benefit of going through Leaping Bytes web site is that it will re-direct you to latest and greatest version automatically.

Once you got working version of AlmostVPN, you can use it to by-pass 'Great Wall' and get direct access to www.leapingbytes.com.
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Pirx replied on 04 Mar 2006
To avoid the ridiculous, total waste of time to find daily a working proxy server that has not already been blocked by the censors, it might be much more advantageous to just upload almostVPN to an unconspicuous mirror.
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Pirx replied on 04 Mar 2006
http://idisk.mac.com/atchijov/Public/ and all thereafter is blocked, too, by the censors.
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k0t1k replied on 04 Mar 2006
Pirx, I am quite sure that Leaping Bytes will not object to anyone who will want to "mirror" AlmostVPN. The only concern is to keep "mirrored" version up to speed with new releases.
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Gaoshan replied on 04 Mar 2006
"...avoid the ridiculous, total waste of time..." As I said, it requires some minor technical knowledge to use proxy servers effectively. For anyone reading this, you can find and switch proxies in a matter of seconds.
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k0t1k replied on 04 Mar 2006
Pirx, try these two

http://www.yourfilelink.com/get.php?fid=39325

http://www.savefile.com/files/4612582
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Pirx replied on 04 Mar 2006
k0t1k: thanks a million!

gaoshan: if you have nothing to contribute, then no one would object if you would just remain silent.
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Gaoshan replied on 04 Mar 2006
Pirx, I was trying to assist you. You seem to have taken it as an attack on you and responded childishly. Next time just take the advice for what it is and try to chill.
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k0t1k (developer) replied on 27 Mar 2006
0.9.14

http://www.yourfilelink.com/get.php?fid=60943

http://www.savefile.com/files/6639092
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TomBeckenham commented on 28 Feb 2006
Woo hoo! This would really only make a workaholic like me happy, but I can finally access our CheckPoint VPN again from home after being without it on the Mac ever since Tiger came out last year.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Now, if there's a way to ssh to Virtual PC running on the same laptop with CheckPoint, then I'll be laughing. Possible?
[Version 0.9.13]

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k0t1k replied on 04 Mar 2006
You can not SSH (not with any free/shareware soft), but you can install VNC server on your VirtualPC and use AlmostVPN to get access to it.
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ccap1 replied on 31 Mar 2006
How can you use this to connect to a checkpoint vpn? I can not seem to get it to function. How do you configure the client?
Thanks
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k0t1k (developer) replied on 31 Mar 2006
You CAN NOT use AlmostVPN to connect to Checkpoint.

But you can use AlmostVPN to tunnel VNC connection.

I have answered to second part of the question. Sorry that I did not clarify immediately that first part is not true.
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ccap1 replied on 31 Mar 2006
Just to clarify: Can you connect to Checkpoint using Tiger? I have not been able to do that with any client. If you do use tiger how do you connect to Remote server?
Thanks again
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k0t1k (developer) replied on 02 Apr 2006
Again, you can NOT use AlmostVPN to connect to Checkpoint (or any other VPN). But you can use AlmostVPN to configure ssh tunnels to have quite a lot of functionality which is usually provided by "normal" VPNs.

If you kindly describe what exactly you are trying to accomplish, I should be able to say if it is possible to do with AlmostVPN

Andrei Tchijov,
Leaping Bytes, LLC
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redage had trouble on 15 Aug 2006
Not only was it starting an unauthorized internet-connection before even up to configuring. My claim to the developer was handled immedeatly, "a mistake, next version won't have anymore" so I trashe the app.

Next day I wanted to upload as usual, and got posix errors, no uploads whatsoever. Finally I found a system keychain called almostVPN, that wouln't react to any password I'd given, even not to root.

So I had to trash it with other means. After that
I could upload again.

That's true.
[Version 1.0rc1a]

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k0t1k (developer) replied on 16 Aug 2006
1) "Unauthorized internet connection" - AlmostVPN 1.0 using XML parser to parse preferences file (~/Library/Preferences/com.leapingbytes.AlmostVPNPRO.plist). This file (as many XML files do) contains reference to DTD ( Document Type Definition ) http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd. XML parser default behavior is to try to download DTD file so it can verify that XML file it is about to parse is "good one". This issue tracked as Trouble Ticket #219 (http://www.leapingbytes.com/almostvpn/ticket/219) on AlmostVPN web site.

2) "AlmostVPN keychain" - This keychain gets created(and used) by AlmostVPN 0.9.x (and 1.0 RC1 though it is not using it). It has automatically generated password which is stored in login keychain as almostVPN@almostVPN. I have serious doubts that this keychain had anything to do with "posix errors", but more than happy to work with author of the original post to figure out what exactly going on.

Andrei Tchijov
Leaping Bytes, LLC
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DAU had trouble on 28 Apr 2006
as a dummie user i was stupid enough to install this tool without knowing what was coming upon me... network problems were solved by the admin, an now i cant access any site in the wb anymore.. can anyone help me to reset any changes almostvpn made to standard? i already uninstalled it but something remains that keeps me from accessing websites...
[Version 0.9.14]

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k0t1k (developer) replied on 28 Apr 2006
Dau, could you please explain what kind of problem you are having with AlmostVPN? What you describe sounds quite drastic (and very unusual for AlmostVPN user experience).

I will be more than happy to help you to fix any problem you may have with AlmostVPN. You can e-mail me directly at

support@leapingbytes.com


Andrei Tchijov
Leaping Bytes, LLC
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DAU commented on 04 May 2006
as i can say so far, support of the developers is simply great. some other major developers can only look up to this.
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Version Downloads:1,128
Type:Utilities : Network
License:Shareware
Date:26 Oct 2007
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
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AlmostVPN is an SSH tunnel manager for Mac OS X with a twist. This is what makes AlmostVPN different:
  • It's packaged as Preference Pane, so you do not have to use yet another application to configure your tunnels
  • It uses creative network configuration techniques to provide almost VPN-like access to remote services, so you can keep using real IP addresses and port numbers while accessing service on the other side of your tunnels.
  • It provides a simple way to:
    • Mount remote volumes
    • Use your remote printers and faxes
    • Access your iTunes, iPhoto and almost any other Bonjour-based application
    • Upload/download/execute files (with support for console and X11 based applications)
    • Use your favorite remote access application (VNC, ARD, RDC or just good old shell)
    • It is scriptable, so you can start/stop your profiles exactly when you need it
    • It can import tunnel definitions from SSH Tunnel Manager, SSHKeychain, SSH Agent and JellyfiSSH


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