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Adding a Cisco Meraki VPN Teleworker Appliance to your VMware ESX Server

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I. Create a VPN Concentrator network.


Watch this video for more details: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1yFDANZcGY 

II. Download the concentrator image from Dashboard.

  1. Select previously created VPN Concentrator network from the "Network:" drop down. 
  2. Navigate to Monitor --> Concentrator status.
  3. On the Status page, click the "Download"  link to download the VMware image.
  4. Extract the ZIP file to a location accessible to your ESX server.
III. Upload the Virtual Machine to the datastore.



  1. Open vSphere client and login.
  2. Select the desired VM host on the left side window. 
  3. Click "Configuration."
  4. Click "Storage."
  5. Right click on the desired Datastore in the right window and select "Browse Datastore."
  6. Create a folder for your VPN concentrator files.
  7. Select the folder and then press the icon to "Upload files to this datastore."



IV. Add the appliance to your VM Inventory.


  1. While in the Datastore Browser, right click on the esx.vmx the virtual machine file and select "Add to Inventory."
  2. Follow through the guided wizard:




  • Adjust the name of your VM as desired
  • Select the resource pool within which you wish to run this vm
  • Verify and select "Finish."
V. Enable "Promiscuous Mode", "MAC Address Changes", and "Forged Transmits" on your vSwitch or Port Group.



  1. Log in to the ESX/ESXi host using vSphere Client.
  2. Select the ESX/ESXi host in the inventory.
  3. Click the Configuration tab.
  4. In the Hardware section, click Networking.
  5. Click Properties of the vSwitch.
  6. Modify the vSwitch or choose the Port Group used by the VM and click Edit.
  7. Click the Security tab.
  8. Set Promiscuous Mode, MAC Address Changes, and Forged transmits to Accept.


VI. Power on the Virtual Machine.


  1. Right click the VPN concentrator VM and select Power > Power On
  2. Select the Console tab and monitor the VM appliance as it boots up.
  3. Verify that the appliance reports to have a LAN IP as this is a confirmation the appliance is up and functional.
VII. Verify the Concentrator Status on the Cloud Controller.


  1. From the Concentrator status page, you should see the connection graph turn green on the far right side. You can also "Ping concentrator" to get a realtime status of the connection.
  2. Once Dashboard has connected to the VPN concentrator, you should be able to assign your various SSIDs to utilize this VPN system.
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