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My understanding of accessing a Citrix XenDesktop from a home PC is:

Download the Citrix plugin. Go to the Citrix XenDesktop server in a web browser. Type in information, including PIN and number from RSA hardware token.

At this point I am logged in and can access the desktop.

My question is, why do I not have to first connect via VPN? Is this method of using the RSA token sufficient to make the connection secure, thereby eliminating the need for a VPN connection?

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Please re-write that a bit so there is a question in your post. –  Zoredache Oct 19 '11 at 21:29
I think questions like these are great. So many people don't understand the differences between SSL VPN (web-based) and 'True' VPN (network). –  Ben Campbell Oct 21 '11 at 13:49

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Assuming the connection is https:// (and not http://) its secure. This IS your 'VPN' for all intents and purposes. 'VPN' makes the connection between your PC and your company secure and data can be manipulated locally on your desktop or at any connection point between. However, with Xen, you're only viewing screenshots of a desktop running on a server in your company's data center. The only thing residing locally on your computer is the image... not the actual data. Does that answer your question?

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