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Another annoyance that many IPsec clients seem to suffer from is the fact that they make such radical changes to your networking settings that often times if you have the need to connect to different facilities that use different IPsec clients, you will find that you must uninstall one client before you can use another. Put simply, they seem to have real trouble coexisting on your PC.

Fortunately, the SSL312 does not inherit any of these annoying traits. As I stated previously, the connection was very smooth and unobtrusive. Although I chose to use my TightVNC client on my desktop PC over the VPN tunnel, the SSL312 offers a built-in VNC client on the main portal page, which appears when you login. It works just as well. This built-in client can be handy as you can set up a couple of bookmarks so that users can make quick-and-easy connections to various boxes without having to deal with a VNC client application or without knowing the connection specifics of a particular machine.

For those who have Windows 2000 Server, 2003 Server or XP Pro boxes (The Windows XP Home does not support RDP connections itself although you can RDP into other Windows boxes which do support RDP) in their networks, the SSL312 offers excellent support for Terminal Services and the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP). RDP is a Microsoft proprietary protocol which allows for remote desktop control (much like VNC). Terminal Services allows a single machine to host individual remote desktop sessions, each with their own unique environment.

You can also host applications for users when you set up Terminal Services for application mode. Bookmarks to those applications can then be placed prominently on the SSL312 VPN portal page; thereby providing easy access to frequently-used applications for remote users. I did not have a Windows server with which I could thoroughly test the RDP functionality. However, you can consult the SSL312 resources section at the conclusion of this article to obtain documentation describing additional Terminal Services/RDP functionality and configuration. Figure 15 shows the Terminal Services Applications screen from the portal.

SSL312 - Portal - Applications (click image to enlarge)

Figure 15: SSL312 - Portal - Applications (click image to enlarge)

Figure 16 shows the Remote Access screen which has information on the built-in remote access clients (RDP and VNC).

SSL312 - Portal - Remote Access (click image to enlarge)

Figure 16: SSL312 - Portal - Remote Access (click image to enlarge)

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