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During the course of the day, I use several VPN clients, and have to switch back and forth among them many times.

It drives me nuts, so I'm planning on setting up a VM for each network that I need to be on, but that sounds ridiculous:

Other guy: You need to run four OS's to get on four networks efficiently.

Me: Seriously?

Other guy: Yep. That's the state of the art in 2011.

Me (incredulous): Good lord.

I'm curious of two things:

  1. Is there a better way than setting up a bunch of VMs?
  2. Why hasn't somebody created a VPN management tool that allows you to switch between VPN clients as needed so you're not signing in and our of them all day, every day?
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What is the VPN client? Just Microsoft? –  KCotreau Jun 28 '11 at 1:49
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Personally, I regularly keep multiple VPN tunnels open all day long. You do not need to choose. –  KCotreau Jun 28 '11 at 2:10
    
@KContreau: Multiple different VPN clients...Cisco, Forticlient, Checkpoint, Juniper. See this question for reasons not to use multiple VPNs and why it might fail: security.stackexchange.com/questions/2053/… –  mlissner Jun 28 '11 at 17:56
    
Are these VPNs split tunnels or is all traffic sent over the VPN? If –  ridogi Feb 28 '12 at 23:51
    
I think all traffic is sent, but I really can't be sure. Any way to tell? –  mlissner Feb 29 '12 at 6:09

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OS X natively supports L2TP over IPSec, PPTP, and Cisco IPSec. You can set up multiple VPN configurations and quickly connect as needed via the menu bar, or through the Network Preferences interface.

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