PolicyPak: Manage Cisco VPN client using Group Policy

Managing the Cisco VPN client centrally is… well, not possible. Except with PolicyPak, that is. Use Group Policy to centrally manage your Cisco VPN client settings and continually reinforce those settings, even when users are offline.

Manage Cisco VPN Client with Group Policy video transcript

Hi, this is Jeremy Moskowitz for PolicyPak Software. In this video, we’re going to learn how to use PolicyPak to manage the Cisco VPN Client.

I’ve already got the VPN client installed on my computer, and I’m just a regular user here. As you can see, I’m logged on as a guy called “eastsalesuser4.”  If we open up the application here from the Start Menu we can see there are just a few settings to configure within this little application, but they’re still settings that your users can mess up none the less.  If we were configuring this application for a home office user for instance, this VPN client would be absolutely critical for the work flow of that employee.  That’s why you, the administrator, need a way toensure this application works optimally all the time.

Let’s go over and see how we would manage these settings quickly using PolicyPak. I’ll go ahead and switch over to my Management Station computer.

We’ll go ahead and right click over our “East Sales Users”, “Create a GPO” and we’re going to call it “Lock DownCisco VPN.” So this GPO is now associated with the “East Sales Users.” I’ll right click over it. I’ll click “Edit…”. I’ll dive down under “User Configuration,” “PolicyPak/Applications/New/Application.” There it is, “PolicyPak for Cisco VPN Client” along with our other applications like “WinZip,” “Media Player,” “Firefox,” “Skype” and some other things.

Let’s check “Save Window Settings” and “Hide upon connect.”  I’ll also check “Enable tooltips”.  Notice how when I checked each of them that the text became underlined.  That means that the setting value is going to be delivered to the user.  I want to deliver unchecked values for the rest of these settings so what I’m going to do is check them and then quickly uncheck them.  Notice that the unchecked settingsare now underlined as well.

Now I will go back to my client machine, we’ll get a command prompt and run “gpupdate.” Now again, we could envision the user just logging on for the very first time or changing job roles or getting a new computer. As soon as they do, they’re going to get these settings. I just happen to be using gpupdate to do that.

Now that that’s done, let’s reopen the application again.  As you can see, when I open up the settings window, all of the desired checkboxes have been delivered.  PolicyPak has once again done its job.

And we are done.  That is how incredibly easy it is for you to use PolicyPak to manage andlockdown Cisco VPN Client and tons of other desktop applications.

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