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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 3:28 pm    Post subject: iMac/BootCamp/VPN Reply with quote

I posted this query in the Desktop forum, and received no replies. I hadn't seen this forum at the time. I'm hoping someone here can help out.

I use a VPN connection to work from home. The software is PC only. Our new iMac is Intel-based, and can run BootCamp. I am wondering, could I run Windows XP using BootCamp, and install the VPN software that way, allowing me access to the network I need? Would this work? Has anyone done it?

I've never used BootCamp, as I had no desire to 'taint' the iMac with Windows products, but this might allow me to eventually get rid of the PC entirely...
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 3:41 pm    Post subject: Re: iMac/BootCamp/VPN Reply with quote

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I am wondering, could I run Windows XP using BootCamp, and install the VPN software that way, allowing me access to the network I need? Would this work? Has anyone done it?

Probably. Since Boot Camp allows for Windows to run directly on the hardware, it's treated and acts just like any regular PC, so almost everything functions normally.

If your work's VPN adheres to some of the networking standards, you may be able to connect to the VPN from your Mac running OS X, as OS X has built in VPN capabilities. What version of OS X are you running?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The machine I'd be using is the iMac running Leopard.

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If your work's VPN adheres to some of the networking standards, you may be able to connect to the VPN from your Mac running OS X, as OS X has built in VPN capabilities.


With my employer, it's hit and miss...we're cutting edge on some things and in the dark ages on others...I access using a randomly-generated password that is syncd with my account in the mainframe. What info would I need to set up the VPN connection without going through Boot Camp?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 12:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd suggest perusing Apple's knowledgebase for VPN and Mac OS X articles. It may lead you in the right direction, though with the randomly generated password, it may not.
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