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Remote Access VPN Users

 

 

Remote access users or sometimes known as mobile users, are end users and employees who have access to their corporate network from a remote location, just as if they were in the office. This capability would typically be provided through a VPN gateway where the end user device can access corporate resources by using a web portal or has a lightweight software application installed, known as a VPN client.

Initially the VPN client software is installed on the end user laptop, it would then require some configuration parameters to be able to connect back to the VPN gateway within the organisation's data centre, so that it knows how to reach the corporate VPN gateway and how to securely access their files and folders and other company wide services. More commonly, today, settings can be pushed down to the VPN client software and can be installed and provisioned without any user intervention required.

Many VPN devices provide the ability to control and assess the end user devices for any specific client side checks such as ensuring anti-virus signatures are up to date and the operating system is on the recommended software patch.

Further Reading

Wikipedia's guide to Remote Access