VPN Consortium tests VPN products' support of Windows Server 2000, 2003

* VPN Consortium offers SSL File Access test

The VPN Consortium is offering the SSL File Access test, another test of SSL VPN gear that certifies that the equipment can access files to certain file servers.

In particular, successfully passing the test means that the equipment can read and write files on Microsoft's Common Internet File System making files available to other devices on the network. This can represent a large chunk of network traffic in environments where users access stored data - such as sales information - as opposed to applications.

VPNC has already set up and run other tests of SSL gear and plans more.

To pass the SSL File Access test, the gateway have to support reading and writing files on both Windows Server 2000 and 2003. While the two platforms are similar, there are enough differences that an SSL box could support one and not the other, says Paul Hoffman, director of VPNC who performed the tests.

Hoffman noted that the devices tested displayed the files in varying ways, some just a list of available files and some that imitate a desktop with icons. So potential customers looking to buy this gear may want to check out these interfaces to determine which is appropriate for their end users.

The products that have passed the SSL File Access test are:

* Caymas Version 2.7.2.

* Check Point, Connectra Version 2.

* Cisco VPN 3000 Concentrators Version 4.1.7.

* F5, FirePass Controller Version 5.2.1.

* Juniper Networks, NetScreen Instant Virtual Extranet Version 4.2.

* Nokia SSL VPN Version 3.0.

* Nortel VPN Gateway Version 5.0.

* Whale Communications e-Gap Version 3.1.

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