11/01/2014 at 17:59 •
Today I was working on WSUS and email notifications for Event Viewer errors when I received a call from a client that had to switch to an older PC running Windows 7 Pro which does not allow for the Direct Access VPN that they currently are using on Windows 8.1 Enterprise. I needed a way to auto connect the VPN similar to the way DA works on Enterprise. There is a lot of information out there about how to auto connect a VPN connection and none seemed to work except for this simple batch file. You don't really need to know much about batch files or how to write code. I hope this information will help you and if you would like more information about new and timesaving batch file or PowerShell scripts please follow my blog and I will update as often as I can. Instructions and sample batch below.
Change VPN Connection settings
- On the VPN Connect screen, check "Save this user name and password for the following users"
- Select the "Anyone who uses this computer" radio button
- Click "Properties"
- Then click on the "Options" tab and uncheck both: Display progress while connecting and Prompt for name and password, certificate,etc.
Batch to insert into Startup folder
rasdial "VPN CONNECTION NAME" start c:\drives.bat (To run login.bat automatically after the VPN connection is established) start c:\spark.bat (add simple batch files to run other programs during startup) exit