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openvpn vs hamachi or something better? large users

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The scenario is for a real estate business with a large number of employees that are remote users. Around 75% are remote users. Currently 10 users, but we want to put growth into the equation, lets say 50-100 users working remotely.

The system is setup to use active directory and we want to give employees VPN access on their laptops. Their laptops have software that will connect to a remote database which brings up information regarding the properties, clients, etc.

The server is a windows 2008 R2 Server. Clients will be Windows 7, OSX Snow Leopard,Lion.

So, the question is, what is the best VPN solution?

hamachi on the server, or openvpn on the server? Would it be better with openvpn using an appliance? Would openvpn cause a lot of headaches setting things up?

I'm new to vpn's in this type of setup with this many users. I've use Hamachi before between friends and it worked great unless the connection switched to a relay which slowed things down. Recently however Hamachi has been pretty solid and the downtime is usually outside of our business hours and usually only 30 minutes.

Is there an easier way of setting up openvpn? I'm just worried that there is an optimized way of setting up the config. I got a basic openvpn server setup with one client connecting to it but I wonder how much different is it with so many users.

Is there something better all together?

There isn't much budget for this project but Hamachi was within the range.

Something like untangle seemed great the price was prohibitive right now. Perhaps in the future.

I'd really love to hear what you guys think.

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