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Windows 7 built-in VPN client

Hello,

I recently got Windows 7 Ultimate (retail) and I am mucking about trying to get the build in VPN client working.

I have all the necessary settings I need, in terms of security authentication, etc.
I was able to use Snow Leopard on my Mac to easily set up an IPSEC VPN tunnel.

In Snow Leopard when you configure and IPSEC VPN client, it allows you a spot to specify "Group Name" and "Shared Secret". I used my old Cisco settings of GroupName and GroupPwd (from my PCF file) for these respectively and was able to get a VPN connection without problem.

My problem with Windows 7, is that the only setting I can't seem to find (anywhere in the interface at least), is a place to specify this "group name".


Has anyone successfully set up the built-in Win7 client without having to use a VPN Client like Open VPN, or other external client? I would like to be able to use the Windows 7 version versus an open source or downloadable product - which could pose security risks due to the very nature of their sources.

Thanks,
Mark
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    That feature requires Windows Server 2008 (R2)
  2. Hi Mark,

    I have the same problems with Win7 - linux is much easier. Did you find a good solution?


    and btw:

    MarkToronto said:

    Has anyone successfully set up the built-in Win7 client without having to use a VPN Client like Open VPN, or other external client? I would like to be able to use the Windows 7 version versus an open source or downloadable product - which could pose security risks due to the very nature of their sources.


    Makes *no* sense at all. Why should open source apps pose more security risks? - With open source, you can actually *look* in the source code to see if there should be any hacks/back doors. This is a luxury you *don't* get with closed source apps. Chances are higher that MS made a deal with NSA to allow easy peeking than any OSS doing the same ;)

    - Lars
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