[updated with “roll your own” information and how to make a 32-bit version of the exe file]
I love it when people challenge me to solve a question and today’s prize goes to Simon (thank-you for the questions Simon) who asked me where Connection Manager was on SBS 2008? You remember Connection Manager right, to auto configure the VPNs…
Well, the instructions in SBS 2008 are a little less simple. Rather than downloading a pre-configured tool you now need to roll your own. The reasoning, which is quite sound, is that you can access almost everything via the Remote Web Workplace, but for some things, you want a VPN and the way to get it can be found here - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc513974.aspx
If you want to create a Connection Manager Install for SBS 2008 you need to add the CMAK to the SBS 2008 install. Go to Server Manager and click to add a feature.
Install the CMAK by pressing Next. To start the kit, go to the Start Menu, Administrator Tools and then select Connection Manager Administration Kit. Click next until you need to select the target OS.
Select to create a new profile and provide the name and filename (8 characters max)
Provide the domain or realm name and include the “separator” character – eg “mydomain\” without the quotes.
Select no profiles to merge and press Next
Embed the VPN Connection name (eg remote.myserver.com as that is what the SSL certificate will say) into the file and then accept the VPN entry
Remove the automatically update phonebook options and leave blank
Accept the default entries for VPN, Routing tables, IE Proxy, Custom Actions
Now accept the default graphics or add your own logo
Accept the default information on help files, support information, User EULA screen, additional files
Finally accept the answer and build the file:
You can now chose to put the EXE file somewhere your users can access and then they can download it.
One problem solved, more to come.
IF YOU ARE DEPLOYING TO A 32-BIT WINDOWS SYSTEM, YOU WILL NEED TO DO THIS:
- Open an elevated command prompt (find in menu, right click and select run as administrator)
- enter the command "CD \Program Files\CMAK\Profiles" (without quotes)
- If this is a Vista build "CD Vista" otherwise "CD Downlevel"
- Then move to the profile directory - "CD <profile name" - if unsure, type "dir" first
- Find the .SED file - "Dir *.sed"
- Type "\windows\syswow64\iexpress /N<SED File>.SED"
- The built .exe file will work on 32-bit systems
Wed, Dec 3 2008 1:00 AM