remote access VPN on PIX 515

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Jun 13th, 2007
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I am totally new to the PIX, but by working through the "Cisco Security Appliance Command Line Configuration Guide" I have managed to get it working as a routing firewall.

My next step is to set it up as a VPN end point for employees that need to access the office network while "on the road".

The requirement is that Windows XP and Mac OS X laptops need to be able to authenticate against AD running on our W2K3 server. They need to be able to run applications that only work when the laptop is logged onto the local domain. There are no Windows Vista machines.

I understand from the Configuration Guide that I have two options available. I can either use the Cisco VPN client (available for both OSes) or I can use the built-in Windows VPN connection (L2TP over IPSec) also available on both OSes.

My question to this forum then is, does anyone have any advice as to which one I should choose? Is one option clearly better than the other, is one more trouble than it's worth?

The PIX is 515 (no E) running 7.2(2)

Many thanks in advance.


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