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IPsec Client Configuration

Now for the hardest part - configuring the Windows IPsec client. These instructions are largely based on the app note on the Linksys website, but aren't as much of a click-by-click procedure. They do contain some critical info that Linksys left out, however, and assume you're running WinXP. You should be able to use the procedure for Win 2000, but some of the windows and default settings may look a little different.

Step 1: Add a Security Policy Snap-In to the MMC

  1. Open a Run window, type "mmc" and click OK.
  2. In the Console1 window choose File > Add/Remove Snap-in
  3. Click the Add button on the window that opens.
  4. Select IP Security Policy Management then click Add
  5. On the Select Computer or Domain window that opens, make sure Local Computer is selected, then click the Finish button.
  6. Close the other windows using their respective Close, Finish, or OK buttons, but leave the Console1 window open.
  7. Close the Console1 window. When prompted to save the settings, click Yes, navigate to your Desktop, enter a file name of "secpol.msc", and click the Save button. You should now have an icon titled secpol.msc on your Desktop.

MMC Snap-In list

Figure 5: MMC Snap-In list
(click on the image for a full-sized view)

Step 2: Create an IPsec Policy

  1. Double click the secpol.msc icon you just created on your Desktop
  2. Right-click IP Security Policies on Local Computer in the left hand window pane, and click Create IP Security Policy. The IP Security Policy Wizard window will open.
  3. Click the Next button, type a name for your policy (the example uses "wirelessvpn"). Click Next.
  4. Deselect the Activate the default response rule check box, then click the Next button.
  5. Click the Finish button, making sure the Edit properties check box is checked. A Properties window titled with the name of the security policy you just created (wirelessvpn) will open.

Security Policy Editor

Figure 6: Security Policy Editor
(click on the image for a full-sized view)

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