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Introduction to VPN Profiles in Configuration Manager

Updated: November 1, 2013

Applies To: System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager

The information in this topic applies only to System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager.

Use VPN profiles in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager to deploy VPN settings to users in your organization. By deploying these settings, you minimize the end-user effort required to connect to resources on the company network.

For example, you want to provision all devices that run the iOS operating system with the settings required to connect to a file share on the corporate network. You can create a VPN profile containing the settings necessary to connect to the corporate network and then deploy this profile to all users that have devices that run iOS in your hierarchy. Users of iOS devices see the VPN connection in the list of available networks and can connect to this network with the minimum of effort.

You can configure the following device types with VPN profiles:

  • Devices that run Windows 8.1 32-bit

  • Devices that run Windows 8.1 64-bit

  • Devices that run Windows RT or Windows RT 8.1

  • IPhone devices that run iOS 5, iOS 6 and iOS 7

  • IPad devices that run iOS 5, iOS 6 and iOS 7

When you create a VPN profile, you can include a wide range of security settings, including certificates for server validation and client authentication that have been provisioned by using Configuration Manager certificate profiles. For more information about certificate profiles, see Certificate Profiles in Configuration Manager.

If you select the option Use an automatic VPN connection (if configured) in the Create Deployment Type Wizard, you can configure an application to open an automatic VPN connection whenever the application is started. This option is only available when you configure a deployment type for a Windows app package. For more information, see How to Create Applications in Configuration Manager.

The information in this section also appears in the Getting Started with System Center 2012 Configuration Manager guide.

VPN profiles are new in System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager. VPN profiles provide the following capabilities and have some dependent configurations:

  • Deployment of VPN profiles that provision devices with the settings and certificates that they need to access corporate networks.

  • Supported devices include those that run iOS, Windows 8.1, Windows RT, and Windows RT 8.1.

See Also

For additional resources, see Information and Support for Configuration Manager.

Tip: Use this query to find online documentation in the TechNet Library for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager. For instructions and examples, see Search the Configuration Manager Documentation Library.
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