Windows Admin Center is a new, locally-deployed, browser-based management tool set that lets you manage your Windows Servers with no Azure or cloud dependency. Windows Admin Center gives you full control over all aspects of your server infrastructure and is particularly useful for managing servers on private networks that are not connected to the Internet.
With every new version there are new plugins or options in Windows Admin Center so you server management is getting easier and quicker. In this blog I will show you how to build a point to site VPN from a windows server 2019 with Windows Admin Center. You will need the Insiders preview For this.
The Azure Network Adapter extension in Windows Admin Center “automates the configuration for the Azure Virtual Network gateway as well as the on-premises VPN client,” Microsoft’s announcement explained.
The setup of point-to-site VPN connections is enabled by using an Azure Network Adapter network extension in Windows Admin Center. In the Server manager under network there is the option to add the Azure VPN
Do the Azure Network adapter (ANA) + and If you are not registered to Azure already in the Windows Admin Center then you need to do this first.
Do the Register Windows Admin Center to azure.
Do Register, Remember you need to enable Popups I your browser is you are not allowing this.
Copy the Code and use this in the next login windows.
Paste the Code into the screen and you are sign in into Azure.
Windows Admin Center Azure Connection
The next steps are importand as most of us don read the text and just press next. ‘-)
We select a tenant what to use in the Azure portal. You can find the right ID in you Azure Active directory
By doing Properties you will see the Tenand ID
As Most do next and complaining it doesn’t work see the text :
Require permissions then click Grand permissions on YES. So go to the Azure portal
You’ll need to visit the Azure portal to grant permissions to the application:
Select ‘Settings’ > ‘Required permissions’, then click ‘Grant Permissions’ > ‘Yes’
If you for get this step the popup will fail and you can’t add the network.
Now we can really begin with the Azure VPN connection. #ANA
If you don’t have a Azure network you need to create one first in the Azure portal, as a Point to site connection is connection to you azure network.
After a few moments you can see in the Azure Portal that the Gateway is created.
Note: The creation could take much longer (~25 minutes) if the Azure Virtual Network gateway needs to be created. In this case it is I did not have a gateway.
Once your Point-to-site VPN is “Connected” your server now has a connection to the Azure Virtual Network. The server will be able to communicate to any Azure resources in the Virtual Network.
In the Windows Admin Center you get a nice detailed overview of the connection. Once your Point-to-site VPN is “Connected” your server now has a connection to the Azure Virtual Network. The server will be able to communicate to any Azure resources in the Virtual Network.
On the Client you see also the extra networks. I created Two extra Point to Site connections. to two different subscriptions. just to see if this was working.
To test if the connection was working I connect to a Azure VM by the internal IP.
The internal network IP of the Azure VM.
As you can see the Created certificates to Azure are on the Windows server 2019.
See how easy this is!
Previously creating hybrid cloud connectivity required expertise in networking, certificate management, and even infrastructure setup and maintenance. Now with the Azure Network Adapter in Windows Admin Center (version 1809), hybrid connectivity can be configured with the click of a button! The Azure Network Adapter automates the configuration of the Azure Virtual Network gateway and VPN client installation for you!
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