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How can I allow a Mac user to securely remote into their windows machine from home to work?

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I have a Sonicwall 3060enhanced to direct traffic, a Windows XP Pro machine here at work, and a Mac mini at a user's house.

That user needs to be able to remote in from home to work.

My only leads are concepts... possibly using an SSH tunnel and the Remote Desktop Client for Mac available at www.microsoft.com/mac

My question is a more technical one, asking, how do I make sure the RDP is secure (i.e. how do I set up an SSH tunnel between her work and home machine.... her work machine will always be on, but her home machine may be turned off occasionally), and how do I route the traffic on the Sonicwall to allow this user to access her computer?
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Hi OneSeventeen,
Can you enable vpn on Sonicwall, you should be able to  -but I haven't use it myself-. if so then connecting through vpn should be secure. the RDP itself is secure, but lately they said it is subject to M-I-M man in the middle. but with vpn connection from home to the network then using the RDP should be good. you can also use some alternatives such as gotomypc.

Hope this helps!
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by:OneSeventeen
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That looks good, the only question is if there is a VPN client that will allow the Mac to VPN into the SonicWALL.
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by:Erik Bjers
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This should do it for you

http://www.equinux.com/us/products/vpntracker/index.html

found this information on SonicWall's site
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I would prefer a free solution if possible, but if not, I'll just split the points between fm250 and ebjers, since both of you guys gave some great solutions to the problem.

So if anyone knows of a free VPN client that will allow the Mac to VPN into the sonicWALL, please let me know.  Otherwise I'm considering this problem solved.

Thanks!
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by:Erik Bjers
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you can try googleing "Free sonicwall VPN client for MAC"
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by:OneSeventeen
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good idea, it looks like there isn't any amazingly great free sonicwall VPN client for the Mac just yet, so we'll just buy the equinux product.
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by:Erik Bjers
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OK Good luck.
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by:fm250
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Actualy I even have problems with cisco vpn client for MAC users that sometimes works sometimes doesn't. it seems that not much support for MAC most applications are targetting either PC's -windows and linux-. but you may try search here the EE in the MAC TA as well. or post a question there.

Good luck
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