3 Replies Latest reply: Oct 26, 2012 11:21 AM by MrHoffman
andrewrob Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

We have a snow leopard server with a load of our company data on it. We use VPN so our mac users can get at that data without problems. I am yet to get any PC users succesfully connected to the mac vpn service. Does anyone know another way?


In my head the ideal would be a web page they could go to and put in their login and it shows the folder structure on that web page. I actually dont mind if the PC users had only read only access. I could set it up as a port forward on my firewall to the server, therefore bypassing the vpn.

Mac OS X (10.6.7)
  • MrHoffman Level 6 Level 6 (13,540 points)

    I prefer to use a VPN server implemented in a gateway-firewall box, and not VPN pass-through.


    There's any number of things that can go wrong with a pass-through VPN, unfortunately.

  • andrewrob Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    which box do you use?


    I have used VPN passthrough for many many years with mac users and never had a problem.


    Can you use the mac built in VPN client with Netgear VPN boxes?

  • MrHoffman Level 6 Level 6 (13,540 points)

    More often than not, I end up working with whatever box the client had ordered.  Recently, that's been D-Link, Cisco, Cisco/Linksys, Fortigate, and a few others.  


    Check the vendor's documentation for details.  And whether something works usually involves at least some local testing; figuring out whether the documentation matches reality. 


    The last Netgear I worked with was a problem with establishing a VPN from OS X, but it was unclear if that was due to the specific set-up of that box, or the Netgear implementation; I wasn't working on the Netgear box there, but on some other hardware.


    If I go looking for boxes, my preference is to look for a vendor that does not require the installation of client software, and that (obviously, preferably) lists OS X as supported.