Windows 10 Allways On VPN and Meraki MX84 Client VPN

CarlosAU
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Windows 10 Allways On VPN and Meraki MX84 Client VPN

A client wants to configure Always-On VPN connectivity on their Windows 10 fleet,  connecting through Client VPN on a MX84 to an internal Radius server. While it is easy to create a L2TP/pap connection and have it use the Meraki Client VPN authentication, it appears that configuring Always-On in Windows 10 can not use L2TP/pap. Has anyone come across this limitation. It looks as though may need to forgo the Meraki Client VPN altogether.

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Uberseehandel
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@CarlosAU wrote:

A client wants to configure Always-On VPN connectivity on their Windows 10 fleet,  connecting through Client VPN on a MX84 to an internal Radius server. While it is easy to create a L2TP/pap connection and have it use the Meraki Client VPN authentication, it appears that configuring Always-On in Windows 10 can not use L2TP/pap. Has anyone come across this limitation. It looks as though may need to forgo the Meraki Client VPN altogether.


Always-On requires IKEv2. Unfortunately this is an outstanding feature request, still not fulfilled.

 

However, all is not lost, have you considered using StrongSwan?

Robin St.Clair | Principal, Caithness Analytics | @uberseehandel
LV_MW_MSP
Getting noticed

Can you create a logon script, or leverage an RMM tool to automatically keep executing a script that does this?

 

If you have the correct version of Windows 10, you could leverage Microsoft Direct Access servers. This will make it so anytime your Windows 10 fleet has internet it automatically VPN connects back to your internal domain and systems.

Direct Access has many benefits over a traditional VPN.  First, the connectivity is over HTTPS so it is not blocked at places that block other VPNs (some public libraries and free WiFi spots).  Second the remote client is visible from the LAN, meaning WSUS can still update while the client is in the field, and tools such as Remote Desktop can run from the LAN to the remote client.

 

Unfortunately, Microsoft keeps all this goodness limited to Windows 10 Enterprise clients.

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