IPSEC/SHA1/PRE Shared key using built in VPN Vista Client

G'day experts

After some thoughts on the following;

I will shorty be installing a remote office that requires a VPN connection to head office.  Head office advise that in order to connect we must use IPSEC/SHA1/PRE Shared key.  They advise me to either use a router to establish this VPN or (as is our case) if a single PC will be using the VPN connection just use a VPN client.  I am potentially looking at buying a Dell loaded with Vista for the job and wonder if the VPN client with Vista will support the IPSEC/SHA1/PRE Shared key.  I've had a quick google and coulnd't track the info down.  Head office advised to use something like SSH-Sentinel as XP VPN client is "hard to work"  Is this correct?  I've only used PPTP within XP and they worked fine in the past.  Can you please post link to confirm Vista will support IPSEC/SHA1/PRE Shared key.

What are your thoughts on using the built in Vista VPN client if it does indeed support IPSEC/SHA1/PRE Shared key? Should I be looking for 3rd party solution to establish the VPN?

Cheers experts!!!
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
You will need to look at a 3rd party VPN client to achieve that. There are a few others you can choose from, such as, TheGreenBow, and SafeNet. If you have a copy there are also vendor specific ones that should work, such as; WatchGuard's MUVPN, SonicWalls's GlobalVPN, and NetGear's ProSafe. My recommendation would be TheGreenBow:
http://www.thegreenbow.com/vpn.html
as they have lots of documentation:
http://www.thegreenbow.com/vpn_doc.html
http://www.thegreenbow.com/vpn_gateway.html

However, most of these are not "certified" as Vista compatible.
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robjeevesAuthor Commented:
Thanks Rob

I've been looking at the Dell site and it's possible to source DTops with XP still so will look at desktop with thegreenbow

Thanks for guidance

Rob
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
Very welcome Rob.
Some of those Dell units you can buy with XP and a certificate to upgrade to Vista for free. You can run XP until your drivers or apps are available for Vista. However, I think there is an expiry date on the upgrade.
Good luck with it, and thanks.
Cheers !
--Rob 2  :-)
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robjeevesAuthor Commented:
Mmm, the ol' Express upgrade option.  I'll look at the expiry date.  Cheers for extra info

Rob - The one, the only No. 1 :)
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