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I have a VPN server running and all is fine for Windows clients. We have a consultant using a Mac who would like to connect. His options are L2TP with IPSEC, PPTP, and IPSEC.

So my question is, what is the best and most secure way to get him to connect. I checked and we don't currently have a IPSEC shared secret setup so I am guessing I could enable that or choose one of the other two options but I wanted to get some suggestions.
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IPSec will require you to have a certificate for that server so that may not be a good option.  I use PPTP from home to connect my Mac to my RRAS server at work and it works just fine using the built-in VPN client.
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by:zazagor
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Hi,

Two suggestions:

1) Try installing OpenVPN on the server
(user will have to install OS X open VPN client)
2) Buy a Cisco ASA 5505 ($300). Cheap easy to install with
a good OS X VPN client (AnyConnect).

//zaZagor
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So a PPTP connection will work like the Windows setup does just username/password?
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PPTP fixed it.
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