The FirePass 600 controller includes Network Access support for remote Macintosh® and Linux® clients, making the FirePass 600 controller a good option for secure remote access in mixed-platform environments. You do not need to preinstall or preconfigure any client software when using the FirePass 600 controller with Macintosh and Linux systems.
All the primary Network Access features are supported on Macintosh and Linux clients. For more information about Network Access and configuring Network Access features, see Chapter 5, Configuring Network Access.
Features supported on Macintosh and Linux clients include:
The FirePass 600 controller has been tested with the following Linux platforms:
The launch application feature specifies a client application that starts when the client begins a Network Access session. Use this feature when you have remote clients who will routinely use Network Access to connect to an application server like a mail server.
When remote users make a Network Access connection, the application you configured starts automatically. For more information on configuring Network Access options, see Configuring Network Access settings.
The first time a remote user starts Network Access, a client component is downloaded from the FirePass 600 controller. This client component is designed to be self-installing and self-configuring, but the user's browser must be Java-enabled.
If the browser does not support JavaTM, the user is asked to download an installation script from the controller.
The remote Linux user must have superuser authority, or must be able to supply an administrative password in order to successfully install the Network Access client.
Linux systems must also include PPP support (this is most often the case). When the user runs the Network Access client and makes a connection for the first time, the client detects the presence of pppd (the point-to-point daemon), and determines whether the user has the necessary permissions to run it. If pppd is not present, or if the user does not have permissions needed to run the daemon, the connection fails.