VDI, Thin Client, Meraki. If you have been issued a Meraki VPN device, you will be able to use your Cisco phone while working from home. This device is a silver box that connects to your home router, your work computer, and your Cisco phone. If you have not been issued a Meraki VPN device, you will not be able to use the Cisco phone from home.
Cisco Meraki uses the integrated Windows client for VPN connection (no Cisco client at this time).
To be able to connect with simple AD user account credentials, along with a simple pre-shared key, the steps are very simple.
- 1.Signin to Cisco Meraki portal. 2.Select Security & SD-WAN, click Site-to-site VPN. 3.On the Site-to-site VPN field, select Hub. 4.On the VPN settings field, select the local networks that you want to connect to Azure and then select VPN on.
- Open System Preferences - Network from Mac applications menu. Click the “+” button to create a new service, then select VPN as the interface type, and choose L2TP over IPsec from the pull-down menu. Server Address: Enter the public IP address (found in the Dashboard, under Security appliance - Monitor - Appliance status - Uplink).
9 Steps total
Step 1: Get started
Click on Start and type in VPN, click on Change Virtual Private Networks (VPN)
Step 2: Add connection
Click on Add a VPN connection
Step 3: Configure Windows connection
Pick VPN provider as Windows
Name the connection
Put in server name or IP
Switch VPN type to L2TP/IPsec with pre-shared key
Switch Type of sign in to User name and password
Enter the username and password if you want to save it, or leave blank and user will have to enter it on connection
Step 4: Edit settings
Once you hit Save, it will bring you back to the connection page
Click on Change Adapter Options
Step 5: Configure adapter
In the adapter window, click on the adapter with the name you created in the VPN window
Click on Change settings of this connection
Step 6: Step 6
Click on Security tab
Make sure Type of VPN is still Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol with IPsec
Set Data encryption to Require encryption (disconnect if server declines)
Set Allow these protocols
Check Unencrypted password (PAP) - will still be, so don't worry
Click Advanced settings
Step 7: Add key
In the Advanced settings, click on Use preshared key
Type in the key you want to use
Hit OK to go back to the adapter settings
Click OK to close the adapter settings and save.
Close all other windows at this point.
Step 8: Connect
Click on the network icon in the system tray
Click on the VPN network connection name
Click on Connect
Step 9: Verify and disconnect
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Verify you are connected
Click on the network system tray icon again if the window closed or minimized
You should now see the VPN network name listed and Connected underneath it
(If you are done with your connection, click on it and click Disconnect)
Now and then Windows Updates breaks the encryption settings by changing from PAP to MS-CHAP. If users could connect before, but suddenly can't while others can, revisit Step# 6 and verify PAP is turned on, not MS-CHAP. Save and all set!
- ChipotleBMG_Zone Jun 20, 2018 at 12:42pm
I have a customer who is stating:
We've run into a weird problem where the built in Windows 10 vpn gets its settings changed whenever the wifi network changes. We have consultants who travel to various client sites and every time they try to connect to our vpn server they have to fix their vpn settings. The company we had hired to set up our vpn server said they can't help us with this, probably because it's a Windows issue
- HabaneroKrasimirPetrov_ Oct 31, 2018 at 02:46am
Good read. Thank you very much for sharing.
- SonoraLRSpartan Jan 8, 2019 at 04:49pm
We have been trying to overcome the same problems with MX64 and making an outbound rule entry in Windows Defender Firewall is what helped us. We had performed all the other instructions Meraki and MSFT had provided including the regedit (asumeUDPEncap...).
We created a UDP port rule for 500, 4500 and scoped it to our vpn IP address. Finally works.
I hope this helps.
- Pimientoericguth2 Jan 28, 2020 at 09:00am
LRSpartan - are you saying that you port forward UDP 500 and 4500 to your VPN range 192.168.XXX.00/24?
- PoblanoAaronTheYoung Feb 3, 2020 at 08:15pm
We are constantly plagued by our VPN connection losing its settings as well. I'm not sure if this it relates to change in WiFi, but the people that it occurs with do seem to be people that change WiFi often. Others who are using it from one network at home seem to not have the issue.
In any case, I am constantly connecting to users who are remote and fixing their settings. Either resetting their Username and Password settings or fixing the PAP/CHAP protocol settings.
Is there a way to use the Powershell command ADDVPNConnection to create a script that would re-create the settings in one fell swoop?
Any help would be appreciated.
- Datiltroberts2 Mar 4, 2020 at 08:22pm
We have seen those same settings and we hear there may be a Meraki VPN Client or Cisco AnyConnect Client that is Meraki compatible in the near future, but that has also been ongoing for like 3 to 4yrs now. Once it comes out, should be a moot point on Microsponge changing your settings. I have seen the same issue though, seems to be mostly tied to Microsoft and the firewall flipping the network to public and effectively blocks like everything so you can't connect. Only way we have gotten it to work is when on that network, switch it from Public to Private, reboot the machine and possibly also the network router you are using and then it works, and yes you are sharing when connected initially to that network, but once on the VPN, tunneled into your network and secure again. Fingers X'd on the client coming out vs WinDoze client.
- Pimientospicehead-hu3x0 Apr 14, 2020 at 06:09pm
The Dreytek VPN client works for the meraki, I hope Cisco comes out with their own soon.
- Jalapenobranchms Jan 21, 2021 at 10:04pm
I'm having nothing but trouble getting this to connect.
Using windows 10 and Meraki MX64.
Can you suggest a resolution?
1. Sign into your Chromebook.
2. Click the status area at the bottom of your screen, where your account picture is located.
3. Select Settings.
4. In the “Internet connection” section, click Add connection.
5. Select Add private network.
6. In the box that appears, fill in the information below:
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- Server hostname: The DNS name or IP address of the MX to which the client should be connecting.
- Service name: This can be anything you want to name this connection, for example, “Work VPN”.
- Provider type: Select L2TP/IPsec + Pre-shared key.
- Pre-shared key: This will be the Secret created when configuring the Client VPN on the MX.
- Username: Credentials for connecting to VPN. If using Merakiauthentication, this will be an e-mail address.
- Password: Credentials for connecting to VPN.
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7. Click Connect.