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02/05/2021, 18:12
NEW: VPN Tracker Installer Package – Rollout VPN Tracker 365 for Your Whole Team

With so many businesses currently operating on a remote scale, IT admins have their work cut out for them. As our business has also been affected by the change to remote working over the last year, we wanted to make it easier for admins to manage groups of remote users and get them set up with a secure and functioning VPN connection.

In this guide, we show you how to use the brand new Enterprise Installer Package to easily get your whole team set up with VPN Tracker 365 in just a few simple steps.

How to Rollout VPN Tracker 365 on Multiple Macs

VPN Tracker team managers can now easily get team members set up with VPN Tracker 365 thanks to our new Enterprise Installer Package for a more simplified rollout process.

How it works

1. Download the Installer Package file from the VPN Tracker website

Use Remote Desktop (or similar software) to remotely install VPN Tracker 365 on your team’s Macs. This will install all required components, including those that need an administrator password (see note on System Extensions in the next step.)

Download the package here.

2. Pre-authorize the System Extension for Team Members

VPN Tracker 365 uses a System Extension to create a secure VPN tunnel and manage network traffic. A System Extension needs to be explicitly “Allowed” by a user in System Preferences.

For Enterprise rollouts on MDM (Mobile-Device-Management) Macs, you can pre-approve VPN Tracker’s System Extension using a special profile. 

For information on how to create a profile to pre-authorize System Extensions, please consult your MDM vendor’s documentation.

Our Team IDs are CPXNXN488S and MJMRT6WJ8S 

Starting with macOS 11 Big Sur, a System Extension is used: com.vpntracker.365mac.SysExt

On macOS 10.15 Catalina and lower, VPN Tracker 365 uses a Kernel Extension (KEXT) . The following bundle identifiers can be used to pre-authorize the KEXT:

  • New versions (version 21 and later): com.vpntracker.365mac.kext
  • Older versions: com.equinux.vpntracker365.kext

Please see Apple’s Support Document for more details.

Once you have successfully installed VPN Tracker 365 and pre-authorized the system extension, users can simply click and launch the app, without needing an admin password. For licensing, each team member needs their own equinux ID and plan. Find out how to set this up in the next step.

3. Set up Your VPN Tracker 365 Team

Team Management makes it easier for admins to manage user groups, including new user onboarding, assigning and revoking licenses, and managing billing preferences.

You can set up and manage your VPN Tracker 365 team at my.vpntracker.com.

The Team Management Guide explains this in more detail.

More ways to simplify the rollout process

As well as the Enterprise Installer Package, VPN Tracker 365 offers several other features to simplify the onboarding process and get new users set up in no time.

Reserving plans

New colleague joining the team? Invite individual team members to join your team via the Team Management tab at my.vpntracker.com. Here you can also reserve plans in advance so they are ready to go as soon as they’ve signed in.

Team Access Options

Whether you’re switching your whole team over to a remote work setting or onboarding a large group of users, VPN Tracker 365 has a range of access options you can use to invite new users to your team.

Join via link: Each team has a personalized invite link. Post this in your secure chat channel or intranet to allow colleagues to request access.

NEW: Join via email address. Team Discovery allows new users to enter their company email address to automatically be shown associated team domains and request access.

Export Connections

Once team members have successfully joined your team and been assigned a plan you can use the export and deploy feature to share and distribute a company VPN connection via email.

Click on your company connection in VPN Tracker 365, choose “File > Export” from the top menu bar, then set an export location and enter an import password for maximum security:

Users can simply double click the attached connection file and enter the import password (if you have one.) The connection is then available in VPN Tracker 365 and ready to use.

VPN Tracker 365 for Businesses

For enterprises and larger organizations wanting to get started with VPN Tracker, a VPN Tracker 365 Biz plan is the best way forward.

As well as all the advanced features included in an individual plan, VPN Tracker 365 Biz users have exclusive access to a Key Account Manager and priority support.

Check out our Buyer’s Guide for more information and to generate a personalised quote for your business.

Until next time!

Your VPN Tracker 365 Team

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From OS X 10.11 including macOS 11 Big Sur

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02/02/2021, 18:32
NEW: VPN Tracker 365 now supports PPTP VPN Connections on Big Sur

VPN Tracker 365 version 21.1.1 is now live and welcomes full support for PPTP VPN connections on Big Sur – exclusively available in Pro and VIP plans.

This new update also brings even better compatibility for IPSec and OpenVPN protocols and a couple of important Connection Safe improvements.

PPTP support is here!

We are pleased to announce that VPN Tracker 365 now supports PPTP connections on Big Sur.

Version 21.1.1 boasts a new, advanced PPTP VPN engine specially optimized for macOS 11 Big Sur and Apple Silicon, with full support for all new system security architecture.

Another great bonus of this major new update is the inclusion of custom MTU calculations, ensuring optimal reliability on difficult internet connections.

Important: PPTP support on Big Sur is exclusively available for Pro and VIP plan holders. Existing customers requiring PPTP VPN support can get a pro-rated upgrade at my.vpntracker to unlock access to this must-have feature.

P.S. Thinking of upgrading to Big Sur or switching to a new M1 Mac? As a Universal App, VPN Tracker 365 is the best choice when it comes to setting up a PPTP VPN connection on your new Mac. Learn more.

Using a PPTP VPN Connection on Big Sur

Setting up a PPTP VPN connection on Big Sur is easy:

  1. Download the latest version of VPN Tracker 365
  2. Create a new “Company Connection”, go to the “IPSec/L2TP/PPTP” tab and choose “Connection based on PPTP Protocol”
  3. Now enter the IP address or Host Name of the PPTP server you want to connect to, give your connection a name, and export it.

Your PPTP connection is now ready to use! You can find more detailed information about setting up a PPTP VPN connection to use on macOS 11 in this guide.

Further Improvements

Version 21.1.1 also brings the following improvements to VPN Tracker 365:

  • OpenVPN: Improved compatibility with Sophos SSL configuration files
  • IPsec: Improved connection reliability under macOS Big Sur
  • IPsec: SecurePoint devices profiles now show authentication settings
  • Connection Safe: Issues with sync keys are now self-healing
  • Connection Safe: Syncing reliability improvements
  • Additional stability and performance fixes

Unlock PPTP Support on Big Sur

VPN Tracker 365 version 21.1.1 is available to download now. We look forward to hearing your thoughts and feedback on the new version.

Until next time,
Your VPN Tracker 365 Team

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From OS X 10.11 including macOS 11 Big Sur

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11/19/2020, 18:18
VPN client for macOS Big Sur

macOS Big Sur brings some major changes to the Mac – both design-wise as well as under the hood.

This means that VPN clients such as Shimo, WatchGuard IPSec Mobile VPN Client for Mac, Pulse Secure, NCP and others are not supported by the new macOS release.

So if macOS Big Sur breaks your VPN client and it has stopped working, check out VPN Tracker 365. It works with most major VPN standards and supports over 300+ different VPN devices out of the box, with detailed setup guides.

Download VPN Tracker 365 for free and get your VPN connection up and running with macOS Big Sur.

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11/10/2020, 17:42
The new VPN Tracker 365 is here – VPN for macOS Big Sur

Today we’re releasing VPN Tracker 365 version 21, better known as ‘the Big Sur release’.

Quick Breakdown

  • VPN Tracker 365 for macOS Big Sur is now available!
  • VPN Tracker 365 version 21 offers full support for macOS 11 and upcoming Apple Silicon Macs, as well as some key behind the scenes changes.
  • Download the latest version here

It’s been a busy few months re-building VPN Tracker to get things ready for today, so we wanted to share some of the behind the scenes with you. Let’s dive in…

VPN Tracker 365 version 21 - with support for Big Sur

Behind the scenes of VPN Tracker 365 version 21

Goodbye KEXT

For a few years now, Apple has been encouraging developers to stop using so-called Kernel Extensions (KEXT) – bits of code that can run at the lowest levels of the OS.

VPN Tracker used a KEXT to receive, decrypt and send network packets at a low level, in order to be able to do more advanced routing and create non-standard packets required to work with certain VPN gateways.

At WWDC 2020, Apple announced macOS Big Sur – along with several new and updated APIs – and without support for Kernel Extensions.

But did Big Sur have the new APIs we needed to build a KEXT-less version of VPN Tracker?

An all new VPN engine

VPN Tracker 365 supports 5 different VPN protocols: IPsec, L2TP, SonicWALL SSL, OpenVPN and PPTP. Unlike some VPN apps that repackage 3rd party libraries, VPN Tracker 365 is the only VPN client that has custom protocol implementations. This allows VPN Tracker to fully manage your VPN connection and makes multiple connections work together seamlessly.

To get VPN Tracker 365 ready for Big Sur, we needed to re-architect the entire app using the new APIs – kind of like ripping the engine out of a car and replacing it with an entirely new motor.

Our team has been working on the new update since June and after a long beta period, we’ve successfully got most VPN protocols working perfectly with macOS Big Sur – we’re still putting the final touches on PPTP support, which we hope to have ready shortly.

Sign up to email updates and get informed when PPTP support for Big Sur is available in VPN Tracker:

One more thing…

Apple will announce Macs using Apple processors today… and VPN Tracker 365 is ready. We’ve built the new version to run natively on Apple Silicon, so you’ll get the full performance of your VPN from day one.

Nitty Gritty Details

  • The new VPN engine uses a modern XPC-based architecture to allow the various VPN protocols to talk to the main app and each other
  • With the new System Extension APIs, we’re still able to support complex IPsec VPN devices that aren’t supported by any other VPN client on the Mac, including SonicWALL with Simple Client Provisioning and devices that only support old NAT-T standards
  • We’ve updated the UI for macOS Big Sur with slightly lighter colors, a new-look app icon, and new preference icons for a fresher feel
  • The new VPN engine architecture is only used under macOS Big Sur – macOS Catalina and below still use the tried and tested VPN engine optimized for those OS versions (though with a newer version)
  • VPN Tracker’s versioning is now easier: it’s just plain old “21”, the “365” is no longer part of the version number you’ll see in the Finder
  • The first time you launch the new version, you’ll need to install an updated VPN engine and go through some setup steps
  • For admins managing teams using MDM software, note that you’ll need to add Team ID “MJMRT6WJ8S” to your allowed list of System Extension providers
New VPN Tracker 365 icon for Big Sur

Get it today

The new version will be rolled out to existing customers via an in-app update over the next week and can be downloaded immediately.

And that wraps up our major new version – we’re excited to get this version out in time for macOS Big Sur and look forward to your feedback!

Your VPN Tracker Team

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04/23/2020, 16:23
VPN Tracker 19.6.6: Connection Improvements for Remote Work

With so many of us now working from home, we’ve been getting a lot of input from our customers and have focused on improvements for remote work situations in VPN Tracker 19.6.6.

We’ve focused on three core areas: Remote DNS, Connection Checker and general connection improvements.

Remote DNS and Split DNS Improvements

To briefly recap: when using Remote DNS, you can ask your company’s DNS servers to resolve addresses for you. This is required if you have internal pages that are only known to your internal DNS servers, e.g. “internal.corp.example.com”

Instead of sending all requests to your company DNS server, you can also only send requests for certain domains – this is usually referred to as “Split DNS”.In VPN Tracker 365 19.6.6, we have added split DNS support for lower-level tools and libraries: anything that relies on etc/resolv.conf will now get the correct split DNS settings you have configured in VPN Tracker.

We’ve also fixed a few issues, one of which is worth mentioning in particular: when using split DNS with a host-to-everywhere connection, in some circumstances all DNS queries would also be sent through the tunnel; This has now been corrected. So if your internal domains can no longer be found with the new update, check your DNS settings and make sure all the necessary search domains have been added.

Remote DNS settings in VPN Tracker 365

Connection Checker Improvements

Another big area of focus for this release is Connection Checker. If you’re working from home, it’s important to figure out the best settings for your home internet connection.

Connection Checker can tell you which VPN protocols your router and ISP support and will give you advice on what settings you may need to change to get things working.

Thanks to customer feedback, we’ve been able to improve the in-app suggestions and hints and have also fixed a few bugs.

Connection Checker in VPN Tracker 365
Connection Checker detects which VPN standards your home internet connection supports

Connection Improvements

As always, we’ve also made a number of improvements to the VPN Tracker engine, for more reliable VPN connections.

Check the full release notes for all the nitty gritty details, here are a few highlights:

  • A rare issue with Remote Connection Wipe has been fixed that could prevent some Team members from starting a connection
  • OpenVPN connections now support more compression configuration options that can be sent by the server
  • Several fixes that could occasionally prevent IPsec VPN connections from coming up right away
  • Improved error flow when updating your company login password for L2TP, OpenVPN and SonicWALL SSL connections

How to Update

Go to VPN Tracker 365 → Check for Updates… to get the update right away. You can manage your update settings under VPN Tracker 365 → Preferences:

Checking for updates in VPN Tracker 365

Test Nightly or Beta Releases

If you’re the VPN admin for your company, a reseller or just like getting the cutting edge, you can also enable Nightly or Beta updates under VPN Tracker 365 → Preferences.

You’ll be able to get early access to new features and will be able to test any upcoming changes with your connections before they are rolled out to all users.

Can I go back to an earlier version?

If you ever run into any issues with a beta or regular update and want to try an earlier release, here’s what to do:

New to VPN Tracker? Learn more on our website, or contact us directly for a quote or if you have any questions.

Protect your data with VPN Tracker 365 – the #1 VPN client for OS X and macOS:

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04/07/2020, 09:27
Choosing the Best VPN Gateway for Remote Work

With remote work becoming increasingly more important, it’s critical that you have the equipment you need. Alongside other factors, a good VPN gateway for remote work is essential in enabling your team to securely connect to the office network and work from home productively.

This guide takes you through everything you need to know about choosing a VPN gateway for remote work, as well as how to set up your VPN on your chosen device…

What do I need to move my team to remote work?

Before we begin, let’s quickly review what you’ll need to get your team working from home:

  1. A VPN Gateway connected your internal network
  2. Each employee uses their own Internet Connection
  3. The employee connects via a VPN Client such as VPN Tracker 365 running on their Mac
What you need to get set remote workers up with VPN

What to look for in a VPN gateway for remote work

While there is no “one size fits all” solution, here are some key factors to think about when weighing up your options:

Gateway Type

You can typically find two types of VPN gateways: All-in-one routers with VPN support, or dedicated VPN firewalls.

Dedicated VPN Firewalls typically offer more advanced security features and are designed for larger offices. For a smaller office, an all-in-one router with VPN support is easier to configure but will mean replacing your existing equiment.

Action: Decide whether a router or firewall is better suited to your current network setup.

Business vs. Consumer

VPN gateways tend to vary between business- and consumer-level and offer different features respectively. If you’re a small team with 1-3 people connecting, a consumer-level router with VPN support may be enough for your needs. For larger teams, you’ll want to look for a business-level product that has more processing power to support more VPN users simultaneously.

Action: Weigh up your business’ needs and determine which type of VPN device you are going to search for.

How many users are supported?

Many businesses will have to configure more than one VPN connection to suit different users and their specific use-cases. If this is the case for your business, it is important that you check whether the VPN gateway offers support for multiple connections.

Action: If it is likely that you will be setting up more than one VPN connection, make sure to look exclusively at VPN devices which support multiple connections.

Tech Specs

VPN gateways differ massively in terms of their technical specification. Depending on the size and nature of your business, many of the more advanced features offered may not even be relevant.

Action: List the features which are most important for your company and cross-reference these with the gateways’s spec.

As well as multiple connection support, some other important features to look out for may include:

  • Supported VPN protocols: E.g. IPSec, OpenVPN, L2TP, PPTP, etc.
  • VPN throughput: The higher the throughput, the faster and better the connection will be.
  • Processor: The faster your VPN gateway’s processor, the better. A fast processer will make sure your device can handle the demand and allow remote workers to make full use of their internet connection speeds.

Price

VPN gateways vary in price, costing anything from hundreds to thousands of dollars, depending on how many users they support, their performance and other features.

Action: Be sure to shop around and compare prices of multiple retailers.

Support

Finally, your VPN gateway is a crucial part of your company’s network infrastructure. Should you encounter any issues, it’s important that you are able to quickly get the guidance you need from the manufacturer so you can get things up and running again.

Action: Check the support options on the manufacturer’s website and try to research customer reviews before making your final decision.

Which options are out there?

When it comes to finding the best VPN gateway for remote work, there are many options to choose from. Below we’ve listed some of the most popular choices among our customers, but of course it’s down to you to find the gateway which is right for your business.

Popular consumer/small business gateways include:

NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 VPN gateway

NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 R7000

A solid all-in-one choice that offers OpenVPN support, good WiFi coverage and decent performance. Only supports one VPN connection, so suited for individuals wishing to connect to their office.

Key features:

  • Easy setup
  • Support for OpenVPN connections
  • Supports one VPN connection
  • WiFi: Supports AC WiFI speeds up to 1300 Mbps
  • View it on Amazon
TP Link Safestream small business VPN gateway for remote work

TP Link Safestream TL-R600VPN

A solid, affordable choice for small businesses. This device supports a range of VPN protocols and up to 20 users simultaneously.

Key features:

  • Support for IPSec, L2TP and PPTP VPN protocols
  • Supports up to 20 VPN users
  • Affordable: Under $100
  • View it on Amazon
ZyXEL USG40W Unified Security Gateway for VPN users

ZyXEL USG40W Unified Security Gateway

With support for WiFi and up to 20 VPN users, this is a great all in one VPN solution for small business users able to spend a little extra.

Key features:

  • All-in-one UTM Firewall with WiFi
  • Support for IPSec and L2TP VPN protocols
  • Supports up to 20 VPN users
  • 100 Mbps VPN throughput
  • View it on Amazon
UniFi Dream Machine VPN gateway

Ubiquiti UniFi Dream Machine (UDM)

Also an all-in-one device, this prosumer gateway solution is another solid choice for smaller businesses.

  • Extendable system that offers best-in-class WiFi coverage options
  • Easy-to-use cloud-based management solution
  • Powerful 1.7 GHz Quad-Core Processor
  • View it on the UniFi store

Popular business/enterprise gateways include:

ZYXEL ZyWALL 110 VPN enabling Firewall

ZyXEL ZyWALL 110 Business Firewall

ZyXEL’s ZyWALL series offers great performance, robust VPN support and can be easily extended with ZyXEL wireless AP solutions for WiFi coverage.

Key features:

  • Support for IPSec and L2TP VPN protocols
  • Supports up to 100 VPN users
  • 400 Mbps VPN throughput
  • View it on Amazon
DELL SonicWALL TZ400 VPN enabling Firewall for enterprise level

SonicWALL TZ400

As one of the most popular choices amongst VPN Tracker customers, SonicWALL’s TZ-series is a great choice offering excellent performance and advanced security features.

Thanks to SonicWALL Simple Client Provisioning support in VPN Tracker, your VPN will be set up in no time.

Key features:

  • SonicWALL Simple Client Provisioning makes connecting with VPN Tracker really easy
  • Supports up to 25 VPN users
  • 900 Mbps VPN throughput
  • 4 x 800 MHz processors
  • View it on Amazon
SRX550 Enterprise VPN Firewall

Juniper SRX550 Enterprise Firewall

The Juniper SRX550 is a high end, business-level gateway aimed at mid to large branch locations. The impressive spec of this model means it doesn’t come cheap, but there are other lower-spec models available in the SRX series.

Key features:

How to configure a VPN connection for your VPN gateway

Now you’ve chosen your VPN gateway, it’s time for you to configure your VPN connection. With step-by-step configuration guides for 300+ VPN routers, VPN Tracker makes this easy. You can find configuration guides for all leading gateway manufacturers here.

To get set up:

  1. Find your guide in the list,
  2. Download the VPN Tracker 365 app,
  3. Follow the steps to configure the VPN connection for your team.

Learn more about VPN Tracker on our website, or contact us directly for a quote or if you have any questions.

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03/26/2020, 19:35
VPN Tracker 365: Full Support Availability during the Coronavirus Crisis

With countries all over the world requiring people to stay at home, the VPN Tracker 365 Team is committed to helping all customers successfully move to remote work.

You can rest assured that we continue to offer full support to our customers and have taken key steps to increase our support capacity during this difficult time.

Support Information

  • Our support team continues to be available for you during this time
  • We’ve updated all FAQs to cover your most common issues
  • The more information you include in your support request, the better. Please include a Technical Support Report (TSR) from inside the VPN Tracker app
  • Support is only available for VPN Tracker 365 customers; Users of earlier VPN Tracker versions will need to purchase a VPN Tracker 365 plan
  • Priority is given to VPN Tracker 365 VIP customers

Upcoming updates

We’re continuing to work on improving VPN Tracker 365 and will be shipping an update in the next few weeks with improved logs and troubleshooting tips for common connection issues we’ve seen over the last few weeks.

Getting Started with Work from Home

We’ve written some posts to highlight VPN Tracker 365 features that help improve work from home productivity:

How to Move Your Team to a Remote Work Setup

How to Work from Home Productively

Working from Home with VPN – Your FAQs answered

Stay safe & stay home!

Your VPN Tracker 365 Team

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03/25/2020, 14:52
How to Work from Home Productively – With VPN

The Coronavirus has you working from home? For many people, this change will take some getting used to. Especially when using complex tools like a VPN for the first time, learning how to work from home productively can be a challenge at first.

Try these simple tips in VPN Tracker 365 to improve your productivity while working from home…

Productive remote work setup

Personalise your connections

When using multiple VPN connections for different purposes, it is easy to get confused. VPN Tracker 365 lists all of your connections in the sidebar and allows you to rename connections and give them a personalised icon.

This is a practical way to help you quickly and easily identify the connection you need for the service you require. Simply right click on a VPN connection to rename it or change the default icon:

Personalise your connections to make working from home more productive

Create VPN Shortcuts

“Why doesn’t the network drive show up in the Finder sidebar?” This handy auto-discovery feature that makes network shares appaear automatically on your Mac unfortunately doesn’t work over VPN. So it can be difficult to access the resources and services you need when working from home. VPN shortcuts are the best way for you to find and access what you need at the click of a mouse.

Taking a few minutes to set up VPN Shortcuts to your most important internal services (i.e file server, intranet, internal chat etc.) in VPN Tracker 365 will save you a lot more time in the future and help you work from home more productively.

How it works:

Open VPN Tracker 365. Click on the “+” in the bottom left corner and select “New VPN Shortcuts.” Then, drag out the icon of the service you want to use (e.g. Mail, FileServer, web browser) to configure your shortcut:

Setting up VPN Shortcuts for remote work with VPN Tracker 365

Select the VPN connection you want to use this shortcut with and then enter the relevant server/browser address:

Creating a VPN shortcut to intranet to help with change to a remote work setup

Now you have instant access to your most important services in the VPN Tracker 365 app.

Configure connection actions

VPN Tracker 365 also gives you the option to configure specific connection actions which will help you save time when using the VPN connection.

Some useful examples include:

  • Connect automatically: Connect to your VPN when the VPN Tracker app starts
  • Connect to server: Connects your Mac to a chosen server after the VPN connection has been established
  • Open URL: Opens a specific URL (e.g. Intranet) once you are connected to VPN

These are just some examples of what you can do to save time. To configure connection actions for your VPN connection, click on the connection and go to “Configure” > “Actions”:

Configuring connection actions in VPN Tracker 365 to increase productivity

Now your VPN connection is tailored exactly to your needs – which makes working productively from home much easier.

Try out these productivity tips in VPN Tracker 365

We hope these tips will be useful to you and you will consider trying them out in VPN Tracker 365. Download VPN Tracker 365 today for free to see how it can improve your work from home routine.

Learn more about VPN Tracker on our website, or contact us directly for a quote or if you have any questions.

Protect your data with VPN Tracker 365 – the #1 VPN client for OS X and macOS:

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03/24/2020, 16:06
How to Move Your Team to a Remote Work Setup #stayathome

As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, thousands of offices around the world are following government guidelines and moving their staff to work from home.

This is a big change for everyone involved. Here are some of our best tips on how to quickly move your entire team to a remote work setup and keep everyone working productively from home.

Tips for rolling out your remote work strategy

Before you move your team to a remote work setup, the first thing you will need to do is to set up a VPN client and connection to give your new remote workers secure access to your internal network.

VPN Tracker is the #1 VPN client for the Mac and is specifically designed with business users in mind. With configuration guides for 300+ VPN gateways and dedicated business features for professionals, setting up a VPN connection for your team to use while working from home is easy.

Once you’ve downloaded VPN Tracker 365, you can follow these tips to make the change to a remote work setup faster and more productive for everyone in your team.

Prepare the VPN connection for your team

VPNs can be complicated to configure. The good news is, as an admin you can take care of all the setup and configuration ahead of time and export a connection file for your team that is ready-to-go.

VPN Tracker 365 Pro and VIP offer connection export and you can also specify additional security options, including embedding the pre-shared key without making it user-accessible and hiding sensitive configuration details.

Set up VPN Shortcuts to common company services

Some of the most frequent support requests we get are from users asking how to access services over VPN. This is because the auto-discovery magic that makes network shares auto-appear in the Finder’s sidebar doesn’t work over VPN.

VPN Tracker 365 makes it easy: Give your team access to frequently used resources by creating VPN Shortcuts and sharing them with your team.

Create shortcuts for your company intranet, file servers, internal chat etc. and give your staff simple one-click icons to connect their VPN and launch the service they need.

Setting up shortcuts in VPN Tracker 365 is easy. Click on the “+” in the bottom left corner and select “New VPN Shortcuts.” Then, drag your chosen service from the bottom menu:

Setting up VPN Shortcuts for remote work with VPN Tracker 365

Now you can configure the shortcut and select the VPN connection you want staff to use.

Creating a VPN shortcut to intranet to help with change to a remote work setup

When you’ve finished your VPN shortcuts, you can export them along with the VPN connection your team will use.

Export your VPN connection & Shortcuts

Use the Export features in VPN Tracker 365 Pro to export your configured connection and VPN shortcuts for everyone in your team to use.

To do this, open VPN Tracker 365, select the connection you want to share with your team and then go to “File” > “Export.” Here you can specify the export details and create an import password:

Using VPN Tracker to export a VPN connection to share with remote workers

Your VPN connection will then be exported as simple file that you can send via email to your team members. They can simply double click to import the connection and shortcuts into the VPN Tracker 365 app.

Easy Team and License Management with my.vpntracker.com

VPN Tracker 365 offers convenient Team Management features to help you add and assign plans to your team members.

  • Sign in with your equinux ID and password,
  • Create a team under the Team Management tab,
  • Send out email invitations to invite your coworkers to your team:
Setting up a team for remote work in VPN Tracker 365

As soon as a team member has been assigned a license, they can download the VPN Tracker 365 app to get started.

Once a team member has accepted your invitation and created an equinux ID, they will appear under the “Team Management” tab.

Tip: Here you can see how many team members you have and how many VPN Tracker licenses you need to purchase from the Team Store.

Let VPN Tracker help your team change to a remote work setup

We hope these tips will help you with the change over to a remote work setup. Learn more about VPN Tracker on our website, or contact us directly for a quote or more information.

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03/24/2020, 12:32
Working from Home with VPN – Your FAQs answered

The current COVID 19 crisis has more and more professionals working from home with VPN. For many of you working remotely and using VPN for the first time, it may take a few days to adjust to this new workflow.

To help you get started and work more productively, here are our solutions for a few common working from home FAQs…

Working from home with VPN: 5 Common FAQs

1. How can I connect to my company network with VPN?

It depends. Each VPN gateway is totally unique and has its own requirements. The best way to find the specific configuration details for your device is by checking our configuration guides. We have setup guides for all leading VPN gateways including NETGEAR, SonicWALL, Synology Cisco, etc…

Get started: Download the VPN Tracker app free and use the guides to configure your VPN connection to connect to your office network from home.

2. What can I access using VPN?

A VPN connection allows you to access files and services located on your company’s network. For example, this may include shared folders, your office’s intranet, internal email services, databases, etc.

Basically, you can access almost anything on your office network over VPN that you can access when you’re at the office. Just note that some of the “auto discovery” features that make things automatically show up at the office won’t work, so you may need to use an IP address instead.

Tip: The Network Scanner in VPN Tracker 365 can help you easily find and access the services you need.

While scanning, VPN Tracker recognizes the type of device, detects the operating system it is running, and displays available services for direct access.

Use the scanner in VPN Tracker to find available services available on your connection.

3. What do I need at home for VPN to work?

All you need on your end for VPN to work is a good internet connection. Your company’s network administrator will arrange the rest on the other end. As long as your Mac is connected to your home network, your VPN connection should work just fine.

Is my router at home VPN compatible?

You can use Connection Checker to check whether your router supports VPN connections and which protocols are compatible.

Connect your Mac to the internet, start VPN Tracker and go to “Tools” > “Connection Checker.”

Select the protocol you want to test for, or select all if you are unsure. Then, click “Start Connection Check” to discover your results.

Using VPN Tracker 365 Connection Checker to test your VPN connection when working from home

4. What is XAUTH?

When you try to start up your VPN connection for the first time, you may be asked to enter your XAUTH (Extended Authentication) credentials. This is your way of telling the VPN gateway that you are authorised to use the connection.

In most cases, this is likely to be your internal login for your workplace. However, if you are unsure, it’s best to check this with your network administrator first.

Tip: After you enter your credentials, make sure to save them in your Keychain so you don’t have to authorise yourself each time you connect.

5. How do I access a server which is not in the sidebar?

Once you are up and running on VPN, you will most likely want to connect to your company’s server right away. Usually on a Mac, available server locations on your network will be displayed in the sidebar of the Finder window; however, when you connect via VPN, these are not always shown automatically.

To connect and get access to your server files, open Finder and use the shortcut “⌘ + k” to open the “Connect to Server” window. Here you can enter your server IP address to gain access. If you’re unsure of the IP address you need to enter, your network admin will be able to help you.

Tip: To get direct access to your server, you can create a VPN Shortcut in VPN Tracker.

Click on the plus in the bottom left corner and select “New VPN Shortcuts.” Then, drag out the FileServer icon to configure your shortcut:

VPN Tracker 365 app window

Select the VPN connection you want to use this shortcut with and then enter your server address.

Using VPN to connect to a company server when working from home

Now you have instant access to your server locations in the VPN Tracker 365 app.

Get started with VPN for your home office

Hopefully these FAQs have helped answer some of your questions about getting set up with a VPN for working from home.

VPN Tracker 365 is the best choice for professionals looking to use VPN to securely access their company network from their Mac. As the leading VPN client for OS X and macOS, VPN Tracker offers a huge range of features designed especially for business users.

Learn more about VPN Tracker on our website, or contact us directly for a quote or if you have any questions.

Protect your data with VPN Tracker 365 – the #1 VPN client for OS X and macOS:

Download VPN Tracker for free
Buy VPN Tracker
 

Start now! Requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later

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