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Accessing the VPN after lock down

If you do lock down the proxy settings on users' laptops via registry security or policy, what is the best way to allow them to use hotel Internet access via the VPN. If the laptop user's proxy is locked, how could the user authenticate to the hotel system and activate their room for Internet service to use it to connect to a corporate VPN?
If the proxy is locked, it means just that. If VPN access to the corporate network is required, the telephone system of the hotel can be used to access it over dial-up if you are configured to provide that type of access. If not, then you must consider whether your security policy should be modified to allow traveling users freedom for the locked proxy.

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  • This was first published in April 2005

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