Recommendation for Small Business VPN
Posted on 2007-11-30
Here is an overview of our company structure:
25 employees (with more to come)
10-15 off-site could be offsite at anytime (with more to come)
We currently run 1 server with Windows Server 2003 SBS. Our current VPN solution is a Watchguard Firebox x700. However, we're having a lot of issues with it.
1) I haven't been able to get windows authentication to work with it. So we're currently using the built-in proprietary authentication. It'd be a lot easier to manage the users if I could simply have a security group that contains which users can connect remotely.
2) Users aren't able to easily use mapped drives/network shares. Once they connect to the VPN (Mobile User VPN is the client software), they have to use shortcut folders that reference the server by IP rather than server name. For some reason, it'll connect with the IP, but not the name.
3) Our users seem to get disconnected at the same time everyday. Right around 4:30pm, they get disconnected and have issues trying to reconnect.
I've spoken with support for all 3 of these issues and haven't made much headway at all. Needless to say, we're incredibly frustrated with this product.
What I need are some suggestions to replace this device. It is currently operating as a router, VPN, and firewall. Software and hardware solutions are both welcome. I've been looking into Citrix Access Essentials, but thats obviously quite expensive compared to a hardware solution.
So the short story: I need a VPN solution that is reliable and can easily handle Windows Authentication and will allow users to access network shares without having to jump through hoops.
Any help is appreciated, thanks!