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#1 jefferj54

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Posted 12 April 2016 - 08:57 AM

I'd like to hear from those who might use a VPN or a secured Remote Desktop in a Windows environment at their workplace. Do you set up either a VPN or Remote Desktop through Windows, does your workplace use third party softwares or do they use VPN providers?

 

My reason for asking, is that I personally find it to a huge headache in setting up remote protocols. What do you think?

 

 

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#2 Wand3r3r

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Posted 12 April 2016 - 11:17 AM

We have them logon to the sonicwall vpn and then connect to Citrix/authenticate to the domain.

 

Pretty simple really.



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Posted 12 April 2016 - 11:53 AM

Thank you for replying, Wand. I have one more question to ask. In relation to Sonicwall VPN, is this their SSL website that you are logging into, or another of their websites you are logging into. I'm trying to find out if this is primarily or solely cloud-based. Thanks again, joe.



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Posted 12 April 2016 - 12:09 PM

Not cloud based.  Firewall router using a vpn client loaded on the mobile device to connect via vpn to the firewall router.

This is also the same with all other router based vpns like cisco, delink, netgear, etc

 

user gets on the internet then runs the sonicwall vpn client.  Once connected they logon to Citrix which gives them all of their file and program access.


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Posted 12 April 2016 - 12:18 PM

ok, LOL. So this Sonicwall VPN is operated from their Internet website? joe.



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Posted 13 April 2016 - 01:01 PM

"So this Sonicwall VPN is operated from their Internet website?"

 

No.  Why would you think that after my explanation?



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Posted 14 April 2016 - 06:12 PM

Hello jefferj54

I work in a Managed Service IT company and we service clients who have various set ups. Some have the Sonicwall set up that is mentioned, others use RRAS installed on their servers and some have secure software (usually Cisco software) that will be used to initiate the tunnel. They all have their perks and downfalls, RRAS for example authenticates using LDAP therefore the end users use the same Username/Password to authenticate the VPN but for obvious reason is less secure. 

 

What do you find gives you such a headache setting up VPN's?

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Posted 15 April 2016 - 07:26 AM

Thank you, Darktune. I'd like to know more about Sonicwall. It appears that Sonicwall sells hardware firewalls. Is this correct? Do you need one of their hardware firewalls to set up a Sonicwall VPN? If so or not, how does one setup the vpn on both the server and client side? I saw a demonstration of "Live Demo" but could get nothing to work. Do I have to pay Sonicwall to actually setup the vpn? Thanks, joe.



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Posted 15 April 2016 - 07:46 AM

As far as I'm aware you would need a Dell Sonicwall in order for you to be able to use the VPN feature. The reason behind this is because the software will connect to hardware to initiate the VPN tunnel. Sonicwall is the brand of the firewall and they are manufactured by Dell. They wouldn't set up the VPN it would be up to you to do this, please be aware that with Sonicwalls you may have to purchase licensing for the VPN.

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Posted 15 April 2016 - 08:34 AM

When you buy sonicwall hardware you get free support for it and its configuration.  Talk to a Dell online network sales rep to gain a fuller understanding of what hardware, licensing and subscriptions you need



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Posted 15 April 2016 - 03:45 PM

Thank you all for the info you have given to me. Sincerely, joe.






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