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VPN on a PIX 500 Firewall?

Can a cisco pix be used as a VPN server where users  can remotely login to our network?
Any disadvantages? Do i need to use a microsoft 2003 server box to do vpn authentication? or can that be done on the pix as well?
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rdvarghese
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
Yes, the PIX can be used as both an IPSec and/or PPTP VPN end point, to allow users to securely connect to your network. Using IPSec with the Cisco client would be the more secure method. You do not need to configure Server 2003 for authentication, that can be handled by the PIX as well. However, if you would like an extra layer of protection, IAS (Internet Authentication Server) can be configured on the 2003 server to make it a RADIUS server, to handle authentications forwarded by the PIX.
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rdvargheseAuthor Commented:
Thank you Rob,

Could you point me to any links that i could check out to setup a VPN on PIX and configuring IAS for Radius. Or may be even some books that focus these areas.

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rsivanandanCommented:
http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/vpndevc/ps2030/products_configuration_example09186a00800b6099.shtml

The link would show you how to configure PIX and client (which can be downloaded from Cisco site) and setup Radius server using IAS which would in turn authenticate with Active Directory.

Cheers,
Rajesh
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
Different time zone here <G> sorry I didn't get back to you.
Excellent link Rajesh !
Thanks rdvarghese.
Cheers all !
--Rob
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