Juniper has released a new version of software for their SSL VPN (Secure Access) appliances. The new release, 6.5R2, hopefully corrects all the issues and heartache that 6.5R1 brought to Juniper’s customers. I won’t rehash the issues that we discovered in 6.5R1, if you haven’t heard about them you can go read the earlier posts on the subject;
- Juniper SSL VPN Secure Access 6.5 Available
- Norton 360 and Juniper SSL VPN WSAM
- Juniper SSL VPN Upgrade – Client Software
- Juniper SSL VPN Appliance and Windows Vista 64-Bit
I will be testing 6.5R2 on a spare SA4000 appliance (waiting for an evaluation license key from Juniper) and will share my results with everyone here.
You can find the release notes for 6.5R2 here.
When will Juniper Network’s SSL VPN (SA platform/IVE OS) support Microsoft’s Windows 7 OS as a supported client platform? You can refer to Juniper knowledge base article, KB13195.
Juniper states that “Microsoft Windows 7 is qualified” (not supported) on 6.5R2 and there should be no major issues aside from the know caveats/issues.
* All client components:
- 1. Unable to install (or) launch client component using IE8 (64 bit). This is expected as IE8 (64 bit) browser is not supported. Please use IE8 (32 bit) to avoid this issue. (470316)
* EndPoint Integrity:
- When using IE 8 on 64-bit Windows 7 the reason string is not available when a patch assessment policy fails. (485421)
* Secure Virtual Workspace (SVW):
- When opening a file with Windows Photo Viewer inside SVW, the file is shown on the real desktop rather than inside the SVW session. (447409)
- On Windows 7, saving a MS Office 2003 file inside SVW fails. (486104)
- On Windows 7, Control Panel is accessible inside SVW even if it is disabled under application to allow list. (486104)
- If Kaspersky Anti-Virus Version 2009 (188.8.131.526) is installed on a Windows 7 (OR) Windows Vista computer, WSAM will not be able to intercept and secure traffic. This issue is not seen with older versions of Kaspersky Anti-Virus (434715).
Update: January 6, 2009
I should point out that I’ve discovered that JSAM will not launch properly with Windows 7 (64-bit) when running 6.5R1 software. I initially thought it might have something to-do with the 32-bit/64-bit versions of Internet Explorer or the 32-bit/64-bit versions of the Java Runtime Environment. I tested the same machine today with 6.5R2 and it worked fine using the 32-bit version of Internet Explorer. I didn’t try the 64-bit version of Internet Explorer. So it would appear the problem is resolved in 6.5R2 software, please see the forums for additional details.