Configure Meraki VPN Client

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

Before start VPN configuration

You will request from your IT team next information:

VPN configuration settings you will get from IT

Server address: vpn.consto.com
Shared secret: testSharedKey$
Username: Your username from AD
Password: Your password from AD
MFA is supported? Yes / No

Meraki VPN setup

Mac OS X

Open System Preferences -> Network

Press + button for add new VPN configuration

VPN configuration settings

Interface: VPN
VPN Type: L2TP over IPSec
Service Name: Some name vpn connection

Example:

Type server address and username
Press Authentication Settings... button

Type User Authentication: Password: Your AD password
Type Machine Authentication: Shared secret: Shared secret
Check box: Show VPN status in menu bar


Press Ok for save changes

VPN configuration settings you will get from IT

Configuration is done. You can now press connect button.
If VPN server requered MFA, you will get MFA request on your phone.

Windows

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.

Click on Start and type in VPN, click on Change Virtual Private Networks (VPN)

Click on Add a VPN 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 Hit Save

Once you hit Save, it will bring you back to the connection page Click on Change Adapter Options

In the adapter window, click on the adapter with the name you created in the VPN window Click on Change settings of this connection

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

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.

Connect ... Click on the network icon in the system tray Click on the VPN network connection name Click on Connect

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)

VPN configuration settings you will get from IT

Configuration is done. You can now press connect button.
If VPN server requered MFA, you will get MFA request on your phone.


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