osx server mountain lion VPN and SSH

alt text

I've been making the upgrade to Mountain Lion server after getting one of the new shiny Mac Mini computers and ran across a couple of oddities to share:


When working on setting up the Mountain Lion VPN Service, I ran across a curious problem: I could connect fine with another OS X machine but not with iOS. The iOS device failed with the error:

os x server vpn authentication failed

If you see this error, check to see whether your shared secret has a double quote (") symbol in it. I know it sounds strange but removing that symbol makes iOS VPN usage work straight away. Odd, huh?

Passwordless SSH

By default, the ssh daemon on OS X Server looks for your public key in




So there you go - a couple of little irritations gone away.

rss feed link