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Configuring the VPN Concentrator in VMWare Player

The Meraki VPN concentrator can be used with the Meraki MR Access Points to have a specific SSID tunnel traffic back to a VM Concentrator on the corporate network. A very common use for this feature is for teleworkers who would like to have their wireless clients simply join an SSID and be tunneled into the private LAN behind the VM Concentrator.

Download and Install VMware Player.

VMware Player can be downloaded for Windows and ChromeOS from the VMware Website

VirtualBox can be downloaded for use on the OS X Platform located here.

Create VM Concentrator Network

The VM Concentrator is being deprecated, and support for the feature will end on July 31st, 2017. An MX Security Appliance is recommended as an alternative for deployments that currently rely on the VM Concentrator. For more information, please contact Cisco Meraki sales.

  1. On Dashboard, navigate to the Network drop down and select Create Network.
  2. Select VM Concentrator and name the network.

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  1. Navigate to Concentrator > VM Status, and download the VM Image.

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  1. Run the VM Image named meraki.vmx in VMware Player, and it should automatically connect to the cloud.

Note: Also included in the VM zip file is meraki-esx.vmx, this image should be used for ESXi Server Products. For information regarding ESX installation, please reference Adding a Meraki VPN Teleworker appliance to your VMWare ESX Server.

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  1. (Optional) To set the IP address of the VM concentrator to be static, enter the Dynamically Assigned IP address of the VM into a browser. This will bring up the local status page.  To enter the Uplink Configuration page, enter the serial number of the concentrator found on the Dashboard under Concentrator >> VM Status.

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Verify connectivity to Concentrator and the AP. 

  1. For setting up a new SSID please refer to our product documentation.
  2. Navigate to Configure > Access Control, and choose the specific SSID.
  3. Under Addressing and Traffic, utilize the Test Connectivity feature to ensure the SSID is functioning properly.

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  1. Navigate to Concentrator > VM Status, under the VM Concentrator network to ensure connectivity.

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Result

 

All traffic under this SSID will be tunneled to this Concentrator, for more in depth information on the VM Concentrator and configuration schemes please refer to our MR Access Point documentation.

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