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[Discuss] Juniper VPN's

When I installed OpenVPN years ago, the Windows client Just Worked (once I
fed it the cert).

I probably still have the detailed install instructions I wrote back then,
somewhere.  Mostly to make 100% sure I did not have to repeat myself 50

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On Thu, Jun 11, 2015 at 4:35 PM, Tom Metro <tmetro+blu at> wrote:

> Matt Shields wrote:
> > Anyone using the Juniper SA series VPN's?
> We're working with a client that uses a Juniper VPN. (We hate
> proprietary VPNs. What's worse is they have it configured to prevent
> split networking.)
> We've found that there are per-user settings on the server side that
> controls what sort of client you are fed (Java) or what sort of
> connection it expects. With OS X you have a choice between the older
> Network Connect client and the newer Junos Pulse, which you mentioned.
> I'm pretty sure you can't arbitrarily switch between these on the client
> side. The server settings have to be switched to match.
> Similarly, we're using OpenConnect as the client on Linux machines, and
> before that would work our accounts needed to be switch to "Linux mode"
> as the Windows admin called it.
> According to what I've read, OpenConnect will run on OS X, and gives you
> a lot greater control over the connection (like the ability to force
> split networking). However, to get Juniper functionality working you
> really need to build the bleeding edge version of OpenConnect, and even
> then might still need to apply a patch posted to the OpenConnect mailing
> list. (We've been involved in a few threads on the list. I can send you
> a link to the patch if you need it.)
> The funny thing about these proprietary VPNs is that they give the
> perception of being easier to use for the non-techie Windows users, yet
> then tend to be significantly time consuming to work with for power
> users. Open source has taken over most fields. Why are VPNs still a
> holdout? Is there not a super easy OpenVPN client for Windows yet? I
> know there is commercial support for OpenVPN.
>  -Tom
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> Tom Metro
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