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Any step by step deploying vpn client to end user.
As admin I can download vpn client software to my computer and configure it (group name,etc...),but when I am done with it. how can I deploy it to end users?
Another point, when I create a group name in the VPN server, how can I add users to it through SDM? or do I have to add them through CLI?


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What vpn client are you using?  THere are several ways to deploy.
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VPN client software . I guess Version 4  
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microsoft vpn then?
If so the best way to deploy is through group policy.
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the client is just the interface used to supply credentials to connect to the vpn server...you will need a copy on each pc that connects to the vpn server...
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the deployment through group policy is an option if the file is an msi or it can be wrapped into msi using some free tools out in the internet.

then after it's installed on users computer, what is the next step, because they are supposed to have a profile to import I guess. There is also authentication later on, when they connect (user name and password) where should these be configured?
If it's local database not Radius, I can create their user names, how do I add them to the groups, if I set up a password for them how do they change it later???

so Please, if you have all the steps to configure the client vpn for users, advise.
links on cisco don't give the details for the question I have posed.
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You do not need an msi to deploy microsoft vpn client settings to AD computers.  It is simply a pbk setting on the client.  The gpo deploys the settings....  If it is a 3rd party vpn such as cisco it can be deployed as a package.  Is this a microsoft vpn client connecting to RAS? you mention cisco is this a cisco vpn?

Microsoft
Setup using cmak:
http://thelazyadmin.com/blogs/thelazyadmin/archive/2006/06/30/Using-CMAK-to-Deploy-VPN-Settings.aspx

Setup and deploy via GPO
Here are my settings in GPO.



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re-read your post and since you are saying cli and sdm I'm assuming cisco.  Posting info...Sorry for the confusion.
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You need to create a pcf file in the client with all the settings.  The client has an option for deployment as a package.  Downloading it now to test.
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Yes  this is Cisco vpn client to deploy to windows XP client
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any updates???
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any followup with this question please??
I needed the details on how to deploy the cisco vpn client to windows users.
First, I need to know how to create the pcf file then how to deploy it to end users along with the vpn software for windows end users.
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Take a look at the client admin guide section on pre-configuring pcf files (https://www9.cisco.com/en/US/products/sw/secursw/ps2308/products_administration_guide_chapter09186a008015cfdc.html)

Also the section on msi information (https://www9.cisco.com/en/US/products/sw/secursw/ps2308/products_administration_guide_chapter09186a008015cfe0.html) will helo you create a custom install package that requires no end user interaction.

I have attached the guide for your convenience

Good Luck
VPN-Administrator-Guide--Release.pdf
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If the database is local, and the administrator will create vpn user names locally on the router, in this case the administrator will enter the password for each vpn user. I don't think vpn users can change their password without letting the Admin know about the password. Correct?
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That is correct for local users
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tthanks
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