The purpose of this article is to demonstrate how to configure VPN settings through Systems Manager (SM).
A Virtual Private Network ( or VPN) is used to allow secure, remote connection and access to a network. Systems Manager can be used to automatically push the VPN settings to managed iOS, OS X, and Samsung KNOX enabled Android devices. Within SM, a VPN connection can be configured manually, or with the addition of a MX Security Appliance or Cisco Meraki Concentrator in the same Dashboard organization, configured automatically. Automatically importing the VPN settings from the MX or Concentrator network will not only greatly simplify the configuration process, it will also prevent any typo errors in the VPN settings.
Sentry VPN Security allows you to define a tag-scope to receive a Dynamically generated VPN Configuration from the Security appliance > Configure > Client VPN page:
This option uses the Cisco Meraki cloud to automatically configure a VPN connection to a MX Security Appliance or VM Concentrator added in the same Dashboard Organization as the Systems Manager network.
The following screenshot displays an example of how to set up the Sentry VPN connection:
This option allows you to manually configure VPN settings. The supported and configurable manual VPN protocols are L2TP, PPTP, IPsec (Cisco), and Cisco AnyConnect.
The following screenshot displays an example of how to setup the Manual VPN connection:
Systems Manager can be used to push VPN configuration settings to remotely managed iOS, OS X, and Samsung KNOX enabled Android devices. Adding a MX or Concentrator network to the Dashboard Organization can greatly simplify the configuration process by importing the VPN settings, and automatically updating them if any changes are made. Once the managed devices are able to check-in with SM, the VPN connection profile payload will install and be available for the device user to select.