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Set VPN for multiple sessions

Description

 

Remote Desktop Manager automates opening a VPN when launching a remote session. This configuration is well suited to situations where you need one VPN for a group of servers at a remote location. This procedure sets the VPN configurations on the folder and the entries inherit the settings.

 

 

Steps

 

Before following the steps below, create a VPN entry and remote session entries, then place these entries in a folder. For more information about VPN entries, consult the VPN topic.

 

Configure the VPN settings on the folder entry

1.Select the folder and click Folder Properties then select VPN/SSH/Gateway from the menu on the left.

 

Folder properties - VPN/SSH/Gateway

Folder properties - VPN/SSH/Gateway

 

2.In the Open list, select how the VPN opens when you launch a remote session. We recommend choosing Connect if unable to ping/scan on the folder, later we'll set Inherited for each session entry.

 

OPTION

DESCRIPTION

None

VPN does not open when the session is opened.

Always connect

VPN opens when the session is opened.

Manual

VPN requires user to manually activate the VPN before opening the session.

Connect if unable to ping/scan

Remote Desktop Manager tests if the host responds, if not the VPN opens.

Inherited

VPN inherits the settings.

Ask for confirmation

VPN prompts for confirmation before opening.

Connect if network adapter not found

Remote Desktop Manager tests if network adapter is installed and active, if not the VPN opens.

Prompt if unable to ping/scan

Tests if the host responds, if not VPN prompts for confirmation before opening.

 

3.In the Close list, select how the VPN closes at the end of a remote session . We recommend On session close.

 

OPTION

DESCRIPTION

On session close

VPN closes automatically when the session is closed.

Manually Later

VPN requires user to manually close the VPN entry when finished.

Confirm disconnect

VPN prompts to close the VPN when session is closed.

 

4.Create a VPN group so the VPN only closes when the last session in the VPN group is closed.

4.1   Click the plus sign to add a new VPN group, then enter a group name.

 

5.In the Type list, click Session.

 

6.Click the Settings tab.

 

Folder Properties - VPN/SSH/Gateway - Settings

Folder Properties - VPN/SSH/Gateway - Settings

 

7.In the Session list, select the VPN entry you created.

 

Perform a batch edit to configure the session entries

1.Select the session entries in the folder.

2.On the Edit tab, click Batch Edit, then select Edit Entries (General Settings). Batch Edit is also available in the right-click context menu.

 

Batch Edit - Edit Entries (General Settings)

Batch Edit - Edit Entries (General Settings)

 

3.On VPN/SSH/Gateway, select Override VPN box.

 

Batch Edit - VPN/SSH/Gateway

Batch Edit - VPN/SSH/Gateway

 

4.Select Inherited in the Open list. It will set all the General options to Inherited.

 

Settings for specific situations

There are many options to accommodate a range of VPN types. Below are two common situations and options to make using the VPN more efficient.

 

VPN/SSH/Gateway - Advanced

VPN/SSH/Gateway - Advanced

 

1. You lose connection to the data source when the VPN is active.

Automate going offline when the VPN opens.

Select Go Offline on connection and Go Online on disconnect check boxes.

 

2. The VPN is slow to connect.

You can adjust the time Remote Desktop Manager waits for the VPN to open.

In the sec box, enter the a time in seconds.

-1 sec is the default time (5 seconds). Change the default time for all VPN entries in File→Options→Types→VPN→VPN default pause.