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Windows 7: Checkpoint SecuRemote & Windows 7 64-bit Workaround


30 Jul 2009   #1

Windows 7 x64 RC
 
 
Checkpoint SecuRemote & Windows 7 64-bit Workaround

Hi All

I'm putting this in the public domain for anyone who wants to know! I use Checkpoint SecuRemote in WinXP and WinVista (both 32 bit) to access work, but decided to try Windows 7 x64 - it's a great OS and I can finally access all 4Gb of RAM - but I've had a helluva time getting SecuRemote to work. In the end I decided:

- SecuRemote is NOT compatible with 64bit Windows 7
- SecuRemote works with the XP mode install but is not worth the memory/CPU footprint (not to mention VirtualPCbeta won't let me use my old MSDOS/Win31/Win9x/Win2k virtual machines)
- SecuRemote only seems to work from WinXP when installed in virtual PC 2007

Here's what happened:

The "SR_GUI" process would not start up properly in my install of Win7x64 (even with clean install), and the gold key icon would not appear as it should in the taskbar notification area. After some digging around I found this was because the services that "SR_GUI" required were not started ("SR_Service" and "SR_Watchdog"). When I tried to start these services manually in services.msc I got "Error 1075: The service could not be started because the dependencies are missing or have been marked for deletion". I found out the dependent drivers these services needed were "VPN-1" (VPN-1 Module, file "vpn.sys), "FW1" (SecuRemote Miniport driver, file "fw.sys") and "CP_OMM" (CheckPoint Office Manager Module, file "omdrv.sys). These are all Checkpoint files and are copied over during the client install. By default these files were placed in the 64bit windows driver folder(C:\windows\syswow64\drivers) and did not appear in the dependencies tab of the service properties in "services.msc". I copied the files over to the C:\windows\system32\drivers folder and the "VPN-1" dependency was then recognised in the service properties but the other two dependencies were not. I tried dropping copies in various other folders but without success. I can only assume that "fw.sys" and "omdrv.sys" are not 64bit compatible and Windows 7 cannot Load them. I haven't downloaded Win7x32 to try it, but that kind of defeats the main reason for going 64 bit (ie: more RAM).

BTW I tried "SC_NGX_R60_HFA2_630000044" and "VPN-1_SecureClient_NGX_R60_HFA_02_Supplement_3_630002002" clients, both of which are later software revisions.

As a workaround I installed a spare copy of WinXP 32bit in VirtualPCx64 2007 and installed Client SC_NGX_R60_HFA2_630000044. At First the client wouldn't connect but changing the network card in the VPC settings to my network adaptor (instead of "Shared Networking") finally got the client to connect and work properly (I assume the extra layer of software when shared networking was enabled somehow prevented the client from connecting). For VPN purposes it doesn't matter that the Virtual PC emulated hardware isn't very fast, remote desktop still performs as expected.

From googling over the last week or so I got the impression a lot of people were having problems with the Checkpoint software, particularly the Error 1075 with Vista32/Vista64 and XP64 which confused me for a while.

Hope this helps someone.

Cheers,

Wil
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12 Aug 2009   #2

 

do you use visitor mode?
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13 Aug 2009   #3

Windows 7 x64 RC
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ccatlett1984 View Post
do you use visitor mode?
The client would not start in the first place, so I couldn't configure visitor/connect mode.

The checkpoint website wasn't that helpful, I suppose they leave it to IT staff to figure these things out.

If anyone else has had similar problems I'd be keen to hear your solutions!

Cheers
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13 Aug 2009   #4

 

The sad thing is that I am one of those "IT staff" checkpoint doesnt seem to be supporting any 64bit platform at this point.
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19 Aug 2009   #5

Win Vista
 
 
Virtualbox

Works for me: Virtualbox on Vista X64 with Securemote in an XP 32 guest.
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23 Sep 2009   #6

windows 7
 
 

Hi,

I have installed windows 7 64 bit. It works great. But I need to connect my work network in order to work remotely. I used "VPN-1_SecureClient_NGX_R60_HFA_02_Supplement_3_630002002" in 32 bit vista and it works OK. But this software didn't work in windows 7 64 bit. So I try the virtual PC that Microsoft offers. They say you can run 32 bit XP applications from this virtual PC. They call the method XP mode. When you click application from the windows 7 start up, it runs virtual PC and runs the application. So I can see the icon of secure client in my tray. I connect to work by clicking this icon. But I couldn't connect to my desktop computer at work from Windows 7. When I check the IP by ipconfig program I couldn't see the checkpoint adapter in the system. So the only way that I can connect is inside the virtual PC. Is this correct or Am I doing something wrong ?
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24 Sep 2009   #7

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thecagatay View Post
Hi,

I have installed windows 7 64 bit. It works great. But I need to connect my work network in order to work remotely. I used "VPN-1_SecureClient_NGX_R60_HFA_02_Supplement_3_630002002" in 32 bit vista and it works OK. But this software didn't work in windows 7 64 bit. So I try the virtual PC that Microsoft offers. They say you can run 32 bit XP applications from this virtual PC. They call the method XP mode. When you click application from the windows 7 start up, it runs virtual PC and runs the application. So I can see the icon of secure client in my tray. I connect to work by clicking this icon. But I couldn't connect to my desktop computer at work from Windows 7. When I check the IP by ipconfig program I couldn't see the checkpoint adapter in the system. So the only way that I can connect is inside the virtual PC. Is this correct or Am I doing something wrong ?
you need to "publish" the remote desktop client from within xp mode, so the rdp connection is made through the vpn running within xp mode.
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04 Oct 2009   #8

Windows 7
 
 

stuck with the same problem... also my omnikey 3121 reader will always give me a hardware installation for "Smartcard" when I insert a certificate card (though the access to the cards works, both for homebanking and Nexxus client). I'll monitor this thread in the hope of a solution someday, until that I'll have to use my XP installation on my MacBook
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06 Oct 2009   #9

Windows 7 RTM Ultimate x64
 
 

same problem here. checkpoint securemote does NOT support x64. it supports vista 32-bit, as stated on their website:

Check Point Software: VPN-1 SecuRemote/SecureClient

i'm looking for other ipsec clients that support x64, haven't found one yet.
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06 Oct 2009   #10

 

update, checkpoint now has the SSL network extender working on 64bit os's, so this is now an option.
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