I have a PIX 501 firewall appliance which is configured to allow VPN connections using the Cisco VPN client. I have a laptop running Windows XP and I have installed the VPN client on it so I can make a remote connection to maintain files on a Windows 2000 files server. I am also using the same connection to connect to an AS/400 using Client Access and finally I am using it to connect to our exchange 2000 server. My problem is that when I try to open any MS Office suite files they take forever to open, that is if they ever open at all. I can connect to the Exchange 2000 server but again the response time is slow. (i.e. opening messages, sending messages) The only application that I do not have a problem with is the "Client Access" or "PC5250 Emulator" which I use to connect to an AS/400. Where do you think the problem is and what are my options?