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Firewall recommendations and VPN support

What would you recommend for a hardware based firewall that has VPN support? What do you think about ISA Server?

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It is funny you should ask that. I have just been looking at various new products for a client of mine. I came across a VPN/firewall appliance from Checkpoint that really got my attention. Checkpoint firewalls have traditionally been a software solution that customers would implement on their own hardware, so I was a little surprised (in a good way). You can check it out here.

As far as ISA goes, I like it for its ability to proxy Outlook Web Access and RPC Proxy servers. If the only reason you are looking at a VPN solution is for your Outlook clients, you could save yourself some money by using RPC over HTTP integrated with Exchange Server 2003 as an alternative to VPN.


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This was first published in February 2005

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