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Setting Up VPN

The VPN settings are the opposite of the Wi-Fi settings: They are not to the point, not terribly clear, and painfully easy to incorrectly configure so that your VPN will never work (Figure 4.7).

Figure 4.7.

Figure 4.7. VPN settings are easy to configure incorrectly.

In addition, some of the VPN types listed in the iPCU—such as F5 SSL, Cisco AnyConnect, and Juniper SSL—require you to first install the appropriate apps from the Apple App Store. Not fun.

I’m not trying to downplay the importance of VPN or to avoid it; but there are six specified VPN connection types along with a “Custom SSL” setting, and at least 108 separate VPN settings; and, as with the Wi-Fi settings, you can configure multiple VPNs setups here. Furthermore, if you are dealing with “VPN on Demand” and some of the custom options, you’ll be looking at even more settings.

Fully explaining all of that is literally a book unto itself and, in fact, many VPN books have been written. VPNs are still overly complex as the VPN settings show. If you are responsible for maintaining your VPN, I don’t need to tell you what settings to use. If you are not the person maintaining your VPN, schedule some time to sit down with your VPN guru, the iPCU, and an iOS device to work out the best settings for your devices. Then use them. Take copious notes—you’ll be glad you did.

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