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Windows 7 VPN connection to Juniper SSG5

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I have a VPN setup on a Juniper SSG5 with Screen OS 6.3 installed. It works great using the NCP Secure Entry Client software. But, I would like to know if I can get this working with the native VPN client that is included with Windows 7.

The type of VPN I am using:
1) IPsec to a tunnel gateway IP
2) pre-shared key
3) Fully qualified username

Will Windows 7 support this type of VPN or do I need to create another type of setup in the firewall?
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by:Amit
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I will say try it on Win7 first.
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by:John Hurst
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I was not succesful with that; however, that does not mean the Windows 7 client won't work.

I do use NCP Secure Entry and find it to be best of breed by far. I use it with Juniper and it works through double NAT arrangements. So I stick with it.

.... Thinkpads_User
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I heard people had mixed results with this. But then again why go from a Mercedes or Porsche to a Honda Civic 8) If you must rely on and trust your VPN connection NCP is the best in class.
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Ok, so it looks like I cannot use what is included with windows. How about a free VPN client? I heard Shrew was good. Any experience with that?
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The Shrew client is fine. I have a client with one or two installations of Shrew and it works. What differentiates Shrew and NCP is that (1) NCP works through double NAT'd situations (Hotels, Resorts, etc) and (2) comes with good support.

So if you need NCP because of the above, use it and if in other cases Shrew fits your needs, use it instead. .... Thinkpads_User
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Thank you!
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Thank you, and I was pleased to assist. Good luck going forward with VPN. .... Thinkpads_User
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