November 2, 2014

iVPN Monitor Fixed

Hi again!

Good news! iVPN Monitor should now be fully compatible with OS X Yosemite. In fact, I’ve cleaned it up a bit and it should now open faster in general. I’ve also updated the icons to fit in with Yosemite’s new style and added support for Yosemite’s Dark Mode.

If anyone does still experience any problems, please do let me know!

October 24, 2014

iVPN and Yosemite

Hi Everyone!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything and unfortunately, I’m only posting now to let you know about some bad news.

After months of testing iVPN with Yosemite’s Developer Previews and updating iVPN to be fully compatible on launch day, I have let you down. Many users have already noticed that iVPN Monitor is not functional in OS X Yosemite. Unfortunately, this is because of a change that Apple has made to some of the OS’s networking programs that allow iVPN Monitor to detect and identify incoming VPN connections. I can only offer my sincerest apologies to anyone inconvenienced by this, and I promise to do my best to get iVPN Monitor back up and running as quickly as possible.

Thankfully, this is the only bug that has been found so far within iVPN on Yosemite and it has not hindered the main functionality of iVPN. Anyone who has upgraded to Yosemite and has found that iVPN has stopped accepting connections, please follow the instructions below to reinstall iVPN. This is sometimes necessary after an OS upgrade.

Uninstall iVPN using the uninstall option from the iVPN menu. Once you have done this, please also make sure to remove the following files if they still exist:

/Applications/iVPN.app
/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.macserve.ppp.pptp.plist
/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.macserve.ppp.l2tp.plist
/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.macserve.ivpn.plist
/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.MacServe.ivpnHelper.plist
/Library/PrivilegedHelperTools/com.MacServe.ivpnHelper
/Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/com.apple.RemoteAccessServers.plist
/Library/Application Support/iVPN/
/etc/ppp/
The keychain item named “com.apple.net.racoon” in the System keychain

When you have removed these files, please reboot your Mac and then run the “Repair Disk Permissions” from within the Disk Utility app. Once that has finished, please reboot again and then re-download the latest version of iVPN from the MacServe website and set it up from scratch.

Hopefully this process should solve any problems encountered after upgrading to Yosemite. If not, please drop me an email and I’ll try to help you get back up and running.

December 22, 2013

Mavericks VPN Server Patch

So, Apple have released a patch to fix the issue plaguing L2TP on Mavericks.  They have made this patch only installable on Mac OS X Server.  So here is a copy that will install on any OS X 10.9.1 system.

Download Here

November 20, 2013

Running iVPN without a NAT

For anyone trying to run iVPN without a NAT, i.e. on a Mac with a direct connection to the internet, there’s a great tutorial over on macminicolo.net about setting this up.  Just follow parts 1 and 2, ignore the part about DNS and you should be ready to setup iVPN on your non-NAT Mac.

October 31, 2013

Mavericks VPN Server Problems


UPDATE: Apple are aware of this bug and have acknowledged it. They are yet to announce or release a fix. There is a workaround available that macminicolo.net have kindly written about.


Bad news I’m afraid!  There are lots of reports of issues with the VPN server in OS X Mavericks. I advise anyone who relies on their VPN server to not upgrade to OS X Mavericks just yet.

There are several discussions on Apple’s support forums about it. If you’ve already upgraded to Mavericks and are having problems, check out some of the discussions below.  You never know, there may be a suggested fix that works for you.

http://bit.ly/1bDmBq3
http://bit.ly/1h1NyuC
http://bit.ly/1bE7iNN
http://bit.ly/16n7BNg

This may not apply to everyone, but I’ve found that rebooting my router temporarily solves some of these issues.  All we can do now is wait for Apple to release an update that addresses this bug.  Hopefully it will be soon!

June 18, 2013

Feature Requests

Hi everyone!

I’m looking to add some new and useful features to iVPN but need your help to do so.  Post in the comments what you would like to see in the coming updates and you might just see your wish come true.

March 13, 2013

iVPN 7 is here!

iVPN 7 has finally been released!  It’s been in the works for a while now and has finally achieved a much requested feature…a VPN connection monitor.  iVPN 7 has a menu bar item that has a real-time list of all connected VPN clients and all their info.  You will get notifications through Growl or Notification Centre about any connections or disconnections.

iVPN now has a much improved registration system, making it much quicker and simpler to register iVPN (no more ridiculously long serial numbers 😀 ).  Loads more bugs have been fixed and there are many more improvements and new features to come…

You can upgrade to iVPN 7 today for just £2.99!

February 22, 2013

iVPN on Mac App Store!

iVPN is FINALLY available on the Mac App Store, albeit a very modified version in order to be accepted by Apple.

It is available for the price of £6.99 and the main difference between this version and the normal version is that iVPN cannot start the server for you. When you try to start the server, iVPN will give you step-by-step instructions on how to start or stop the server. All you need to do is copy a few commands into the Terminal.

Obviously, this is a limitation, and so for people not comfortable doing this, I would still recommend using the direct download version of iVPN.

Until Apple loosen up on their App Store restrictions, the Mac App Store version is going to have to stay like this.  Anyone who purchases iVPN from the Mac App Store is welcome to request a license for the direct download version of iVPN for the upgrade price of £2.99.

January 15, 2013

We’re going social

The other day I was thinking to myself, I should probably get with the trends and get on Twitter and Facebook bandwagon! So…here I am!

I’d love it if you could all follow me or like me or whatever you like to do on Facebook or Twitter and I’ll be sure to keep you all updated with the latest about MacServe and iVPN from there.


See you all in the social ether!

January 2, 2013

iVPN now only £4.99

iVPN has been reduced!

You’ll all be glad to know that iVPN has now been reduced to just £4.99. That makes iVPN one of the cheapest VPN servers available for Mac!

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