We have several site-to-site VPNs over here. And we have our employees connecting to our corporate network via VPN clients (you noticed the Cisco stories here on mac geeks). We usually don’t want our VPN clients to access the site-to-site VPNs with there IP range. Only selected internal machines are allow to access the site-to-site VPNs.
So also the allmighty admin has to use proxie machines to dive further into the site-to-site vpns. Although I can configure MacOS X with descent proxie settings, most of the applications (even built-ins) don’t make use of them. Especially the SOCKS proxy isn’t use by SSH.
This is where Proxifier comes in handy. It acts as an filter for traffic and directs all matching traffic through a given Proxy-Server. This can be one or more Proxy servers. You don’t have to modify any of the internet enabled applications. It just works out of the box.
This saves me a lot of time and grey hair.
First you define your proxy servers.
You can choose SOCKS4, SOCKS5 or HTTP(S) proxies, even with authentication
Then you can define rules including or excluding traffic
From now on, all traffic matching your rules will be directed through the given proxy servers.
You get a nice Monitor window showing all active connections and traffic stats.