Customizing a Connect Tunnel Initialization File vs. Installing from WorkPlace
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Instructions in Chapter 10 of the Administration Guide explain how to customize an .ini file for installing Connect tunnel, but the file is incomplete: it cannot include certain items—such as authentication type and custom prompts—until a connection has been made to the VPN appliance. This means that first-time users are presented with dimmed authentication prompts unless they install from WorkPlace. There is a workaround explaining how to get the complete configuration file so that the user authentication prompts will not be dimmed. This article describes the differences between the two .ini files.
Connect tunnel initialization file: ngsetup.ini
By editing a file named ngsetup.ini, you can customize the Connect tunnel client setup package and preconfigure certain settings, such as the host name or IP address of the appliance, and the realm you want your users to log in to. (If you don't include an .ini file, users are guided through the configuration process by the Setup Wizard.)
1. When the user runs ngsetup_<xx>.exe with the following .ini file, for example, he or she is presented with "Accounting" as the default realm:
ConnectionName=Aventail VPN Connection
Installation of the Connect Tunnel client will succeed, but the authentication prompts in the client will be dimmed the first time the user runs the program, as explained above.
2. The client is interrogated and placed in the community that corresponds to its device profile.
3. After a successful login, settings are recorded in the registry on the user's computer: the name of the community into which the device is categorized, for example, and the wording for any customized authentication server prompts.
Installing Connect tunnel from WorkPlace
When Connect tunnel is installed from WorkPlace, its settings are written to the registry using information that the user provides during login. For example, the ngsetup.ini file described above offers a default realm, but it's possible that the user could choose a different realm. When installing from WorkPlace, on the other hand, the realm the user selected is already known, as are any customized login prompts.
During the install process, the following .ini file is temporarily created on the user's device. Its settings are written to the registry and the .ini file is deleted when the browser session is closed. Here are the contents of a sample file—note the addition of the authentication server type (Active Directory), community name, and authentication prompts (all in bold)
-note change "activeDirectoryAuth" with the name of you Active Directory Authentication server :
ConnectionName="Aventail VPN Connection"
The bolded lines above represent the variables that are missing from the ngsetup.ini file in 8.8.0 and 8.8.1.