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PPTP VPN Connections with Win2k3 domain controller and Symantec Gateway Security 360

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After a week of trying different RARS settings, firewall settings, and generally pulling my hair out, I'm at my wits end on this one.  Here's the short and skinny. We're a small business network, approx. 20 client workstations, running a win2k3 server domain controller. We're using a Symantec Gateway 360 firewall. According to the firewall vpn settings, the connections "should" work. However, Microsoft's VPN client can't get past phase 1 of the authentication. After talking with Symantec, they say Microsoft isn't IPSec compliant. (Not sure if this is true, or a sales pitch to push thier VPN client). I've tried using my 2nd NIC card. (btw, on a supermicro 1U server, 1000mb card), bypassing the firewall, using Routing and Remote Access settings. (however that causes a conflict with my gateway settings) Does anyone know a secure work-around, so I can use MS VPN client with this firewall appliance. My next step is either returning the firewall to symantec and getting a cisco firewall, or just sell the thing on EBay and get the cisco one.
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Who ever told you 2003 doesn't support  L2TP/IPSEC is crazy. From 2000 up through XP to 2003 has supported it.

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/technologies/networking/ipsec/default.mspx

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/technologies/networking/vpn/default.mspx

Your best bet is to allow the VPN protocols to pass through your Symantec device and utilize 2003 server's vpn server/client to do your vpn work. That is my opinion

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Actually found out, by just updating the firmware on the router, that fixed the problem. We're able to use the MS VPN Client now.
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Admin, can you close this topic please? (not awarding points, due to it was a Symantec screw up, and not any outside resources that solved the problem.
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