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How-to : Integrate Cisco Easy VPN authentication with Microsoft NPS RADIUS on Windows Server 2008 R2

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In this article will go through configuration of Cisco Easy VPN along with Microsoft NPS RADIUS on Windows Server 2008 R2.

Article covers:

  1. Basic information about Cisco Easy VPN
  2. Cisco IOS router configuration for Easy VPN
  3. Windows Server 2008 R2 NPS and RADIUS configuration

Let’s go…

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How-to : Integrating Cisco devices CLI access with Microsoft NPS/RADIUS

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Many times I came across one issue… how to grant access to CLI (Command Line Interface) on Cisco devices without creating separate username and password for each user on each device? In order to resolve that I did use AAA features of Cisco IOS and built-in Windows Server 2008 R2 component – NPS (Network Policy Server).

Those two mixed together can create very nice environment which allows flexible management who, when and how can access network devices. Same time, Active Directory will be central place to grant or deny access to devices as well as enforce specific privilege level.

Below is simple diagram of the whole process and steps which take place when accessing Cisco device integrated with NPS/RADIUS.

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Config snippets : Cisco : Testing RADIUS authentication on IOS

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Recently was migrating RADIUS server on Windows from one machien to another. Once new serer was ready had to reconfigure Cisco router to authenticate remote users against new RADIUS. After pointing Cisco to new RADIUS machine made a quick test to check if router can authenticate without any issues. Here is how ot do it quickly:

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