How to install & use Cisco VPN client on Cloud Server
Posted on 2011-09-07
I have been given the task to install and use a Cisco VPN client 4.8 on our Cloud Server (Rackspace, Windows 2003 Server), in order to connect to one of our customer's server. We normally connect to our Cloud Server via Remote Desktop, but the VPN will not "allow" us to install via RDP. Rackspace provides a Java utility for "direct" access to the Cloud Server--and using this I was able to install the VPN.
But the dilemma is this. The Java Utility does not allow anything to go out of the Cloud Server (no network, vpn, internet, remote access--nothing). Rackspace says this is by design (for security). But the VPN will not work when the user is connected by Remote Desktop (for security, I assume). So the Java utility allows the VPN to "work", but does not allow anything to go out of the server. While Remote Desktop allows the user to go out, the VPN will not "work" via RDP. Sigh.
Any help I can get to solve this would be greatly appreciated. I am completely new to this sort of thing. I need a way to install and use the Cisco VPN client on this Cloud Server, working around these restrictions. Thanks.