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VPN client support through Internet Config Network
For those of you dying to have decent VPN support under OSX, it appears Apple added it in 10.2 (I'm not sure, but I hadn't noticed this option in 10.1):
  1. Open the Internet Config application (in your /Applications folder).
  2. In the file menu select "New VPN connection window".
  3. Enter your login/pass along with the VPN address and voila!
[Editor's note: I'm not sure when this was added...anyone tried this in 10.1?]
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VPN on Mac OS X
Authored by: mebigrock on Sep 07, '02 12:29:54PM

To clarify this hint a little:
I believe that it should be the "Internet Connect" app and not "Internet Config", and yes, this feature was only added in 10.2



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VPN on Mac OS X
Authored by: ruebenschuss on Sep 09, '02 08:03:09AM

As far as I can see, it is quite useless for me, because I have to authenticate with a pair of keys to a server and it is all built upon IPsec.
Are there any suggestions how to use the cisco VPN client or some other software?



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New but...
Authored by: mkrus on Sep 07, '02 01:53:37PM
this is new to 10.2 I tried it out with my office VPN (MS via PPTP). It works fine except for one thing. When the VPN is active MacOS will route all your web traffic through it. If your VPN does not forward it to the outside, you've lost all access to anything but the VPN intranet. There's not much about it in the Apple discussion boards, except this. Apparently, if you know enough about unix, you can configure the router properly. Hopefully, Apple will have a GUI for this in 10.2.1...

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New but...
Authored by: Anonymous on Sep 07, '02 01:58:10PM

I believe that this is how PPTP works. It is not as good of a VPN as IPSec, mostly since it was in use years before.

Even with using TunnelBuilder on OS9 to connect to a PPTP VPN you had this same issue.



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New but...
Authored by: mkrus on Sep 07, '02 03:41:16PM

no, it's not related to PPTP, but to the way routing is handled when PPTP is activated.

For example, DigiTunnel, for previous MacOS versions, has an option to turn off the automatic routing of all traffic through the VPN.



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actually a good idea
Authored by: richardflude on Sep 13, '02 09:22:20PM

Most VPN clients will drop internet access at the same time as they open a VPN connection. Most IT departments will in fact require this behaviour. This is to protect your VPN network from packets routed via your client from the internet.

This makes sense as it is likely your VPN connection has placed you onto a company's private LAN, therefore the company's security (and firewall) policy should apply, e.g. use the companies proxy for internet connections.

If you plan to bypass this feature assume your corporate IT guys will be very angry, it might even be advisable to take out some extra insurance - you'll need it when it is shown your computer was used to bypass the firewall for an attack!



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actually a NOT good idea
Authored by: ptwithy on Oct 31, '02 05:07:21PM

This would only be a security issue if you set your machine up to act as a gateway. By default ip forwarding is off.



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New but...
Authored by: LotzaPhunn on Sep 29, '04 12:04:56AM
Apparently, if you know enough about unix, you can configure the router properly.
Can anyboy give details about this? How can it be achieved? I need to be able to access the Internet while connected to my VPN. Thanks!!

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Set up a VPN server in Mac OS X?
Authored by: david-bo on Sep 10, '02 01:32:46PM

Is it possible to set up a server for VPN on a Mac OS X client machine? My home computer is on 'broadband' but the my ISP has set up a firewall, which maybe a VPN solution could work around...



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Not enough VPN Info
Authored by: Keithflux on Dec 16, '02 05:15:01PM

I cannot connect to my VPN with Internet connect...I used the Cisco VPN client in 10.1 and it worked great. It enabled me to log on to the VPN and then enter my user and pass and domain...How do you setup the preferences in Internet connect to go ahead and log on to the VPN and then enter your user and pass?

because I have a user and pass to open the connection and a user and pass to log on, they are both different...



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Not enough VPN Info
Authored by: macubergeek on Nov 18, '03 05:33:49PM

have you tried the cisco client under Panther?



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VPN client support through Internet Config
Authored by: britrock on Nov 19, '03 01:49:51AM

has anyone had any luck getting this to work with a nortel vpn?



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