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Installing Profile during VPN install, v5 Windows client?

Hi there,

wondering if anyone has a method for users to install the VPN client, and install a Profile at the same time (I realise creating the profile manually is not arduous but have been asked to find a 1 step method)

I read:

which says:

"Copy the VPN Client software files from the distribution CD-ROM into each directory where you created an vpnclient.ini (global) file and separate connection profiles for a set of users."

I tried putting a .pcf in the unzipped VPN installer, but it didn't get installed.

I tried putting it in a folder called Profiles, in there too, but it didn't get installed.

I'm working with:


I don't see administrator notes for the v5 client, all I see is release notes.

Maybe I need to create an MSI transform?

Thanks for any tips.



Re: Installing Profile during VPN install, v5 Windows client?

Create a new txt file and name it new_update_config.ini. Put in the following entry in the file, in order to update only the profiles and not the VPN client:






where, Version is the version number for the administrator to track the revisions; the profiles or the VPN client does not have to do anything with this version field. is the name of the file or similar to the file, which you have created. MaxSize is the size of the file is the actual size of more than 5000 bytes; it does not have to be the actual file size.

Create a new profile and keep it in You have to create file. On the VPN Concentrator, in order to tell that a new revision is available, choose Configuration > System > Client Update > Entries. Click on the entry and choose Modify on the Revision field. Enter Update-4.8-1 or something similar. Try the client connection. The client should upgrade the .PCF file.

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Re: Installing Profile during VPN install, v5 Windows client?

Thanks for your reply.

I'm looking to help people who are installing the VPN client for the first time, by installing the profile along with it too, rather than updating existing profiles.

We're connecting back to an IOS router, rather than VPN Concentrator.

Many thanks, Neil.

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Re: Installing Profile during VPN install, v5 Windows client?

As mentioned in another thread here, there is a bug in the installer. If there is a dash in the path anywhere, then the PCF files will not be copied. I had to rename the folder that it self-extracted as so it did not contain any dashes and then it worked perfectly.

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Re: Installing Profile during VPN install, v5 Windows client?

You could create a transform. However, I'm deploying it with the PCF's by simply copying them to the Profiles folder and updating PROFILES.INI with the default name. All this in a batch file.

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