I have been running SonicWALL Global VPN v4.7.3.0403 on Windows 8 without trouble for more than a year. Today I upgraded to Windows 8.1 RTM and noticed that it disabled my Global VPN connection. I tried to repair the situation by uninstalling and reinstalling Global VPN, but that suddenly caused my computer to lose all network connectivity whatsoever. I uninstalled Global VPN again and connectivity was restored. At this point it appears that Global VPN v4.7.3.0403 is incompatible with Windows 8.1. Has anyone figured out a way to make it work?
Here are some links to others who appear to be having the same problem:
Upgrade to version 4.8.6.0826 which you can download from https://www.mysonicwall.com/firmware/FreeDownloads.aspx once you've become a registered member.
I wasn't able to get Global VPN Client working, but...There is a SonicWall client built into Windows 8.1 and it works for me. There are some directions here.
I contacted SonicWALL chat support and they provided me with a beta of a Windows 8.1-compatible Global VPN which reports itself as v4.8.6.0826. So far it appears to be working, although I did need to enable DHCP-over-VPN and set the VPN's virtual adapter to "DHCP Lease" (which assigns IP addresses to connected VPN clients) before I was able to remote desktop to any machines behind the firewall.
I also verified with SonicWALL technical support that the client that comes built-in to Windows 8.1 uses SSL VPN (compared to Global VPN which uses IPsec).
Has anyone been able to vpn to a sonicwall 190, using a free or cheap VPN client?
VPN Tracker 6 and it works but don't want to spend $129+
IPSecuritas is supposed to work. When I used to work at a company that was a SonicWall reseller I never could get it to work. Theoretically the Sonicwall is doing straight IPSec VPN setups, but I was either missing a step or otherwise messing it up.
Sonicwall and OSX do not get along. Primarily the fault is with OSX changing code and breaking things.
Make sure your sonicwall firmware is up-to-date and try the VPN clients again. If it does not work, the NetExtender may be the best option for you.