If you’ve been following this blog you’ll know that we’ve had quite a few issues with our Juniper Secure Access SSL VPN appliances over the past two years. Juniper was very slow to add WSAM support for Windows Vista 64-bit and by the time they started supporting Windows Vista, Windows 7 was released by Microsoft.
You might recall that I wrote about software release 6.5R2 back in December 2009, detailing our troubles with the 6.5R1 software release and our hope that Juniper could save the day.
Thankfully I’m hear to tell that software release 6.5R2 for the Juniper Secure Access SSL VPN appliances appears to be a winner!
About six days ago I upgraded a pair of SA4000s running 6.5R1 to 6.5R2. The primary goal was to resolve the compatibility issues that were introduced in 6.5R1 and finally provide support for both Windows Vista 64-bit and Windows 7 64-bit. The actually upgrade of the appliances was pretty straight forward and the initial testing didn’t reveal any issues. Unfortunately there’s no amount of testing can always predict how things will go when working with home personal computers and the myriad of software available. We waited nervously for the first few days… thankfully the calls never came. While we had one or two users that needed some hand holding during the software upgrade/installation process, the majority of our 800+ users didn’t seem to have any issues whatsoever.
Let me congratulate Juniper Networks on a job well done!
I’ve created discussion forum for anyone that would like to discuss the Juniper Secure Access SSL VPN appliances. If you have a question or would like to make a comment why not join the discussion?
Chris Taylor says
“The primary goal was to resolve the compatibility issues that were introduced in 6.5R1 and finally provide support for both Windows Vista 64-bit and Windows 7 64-bit.”
That’s the reason why i never use the very lastest release..
Michael McNamara says
I would usually agree with you but unforunately if you wanted support for WSAM in Windows Vista 64-bit and now Windows 7 64-bit you need to be running 6.5R2 although 6.5R3.1 is also on the verge of being released.
Thanks for the comment!
Kevin Peterson says
Thanks for the kind comments on the 6.5 code. I am a product manager at Juniper (for the SSL VPN) and greatly appreciate your dedication to the product. When you get some time, you might just want to pop over and see my blog site as well.