Using VirtualBox for VPN access
By Fat Bloke on Jan 14, 2009
Like many other companies nowadays, a significant number of Sun employees operate off the corporate LAN or outside the corporate firewall. But occasionally these employees need to get at applications and data inside the firewall or, as we say at Sun, on SWAN (Sun Wide Area Network). One way of doing this is to use a VPN client such as the Cisco VPN Client with strong 2 factor authentication (tokencard).
But what if the Cisco client is not available or doesn't work on your PC. e.g. you may have Vista 64-bit, so what do you do then?
Some smart individuals in Sun do the following:
- Download and install VirtualBox.
- Install a guest which can run the Cisco client, e.g. Windows XP 32-bit.
- Install the Sun IT provided VPN client for this platform.
- When you need SWAN access, start or resume the guest and run the VPN client.
So in this way you can run an on-SWAN and off-SWAN session at the same time.
In the screenshot below (click on it for bigger version) you can see:
- Windows XP guest that is on SWAN showing an internal web page;
- Mac Host that is not on SWAN showing that it cannot reach that internal page;
- The configuration of the Windows XP guest in VirtualBox.
Hope this is useful to someone out there