59684: Acronis Disaster Recovery Service: how to set up L2TP VPN connection to Arconis Disaster Recovery Cloud

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This article is intended for Acronit Disaster Recovery Service Customers and describes the procedure for setting up a VPN connection to Customer's environment in Acronis Disaster Recovery Cloud. The article contains a detailed description and could be used both as a reference for IT personnel and as a step-by-step guide for end-users in case of DR event. 

Introduction

To set up a VPN connection to your environment in Acronis Disaster Recovery Cloud the following information should be obtained from your IT personnel or Acronis Support:

  • Public IP address of your VPN server in Acronis Disaster Recovery Cloud 
  • Preshared key for VPN connection
There is a limitation for L2TP VPN type connection that should be kept in mind for test scenarious: establishing L2TP connection is not possible for workstations assigned with local IP addresses that belong to any subnets connected with Acronis over regular site-to-site VPN. 
As workaround for this limitation, establish connection from outside of the office network or disable site-to-site VPN for the time of testing. 
For possible ways to overcome this limitation, please contact Acronis Technical Support

Solution

Instructions in this article are given for Windows 10 operating system. The interface may vary depending on the operating system.

To set up a VPN connection follow the steps below: 

  1. Open Network and Sharing center:
    • Right-click the Start button and choose Control Panel from the menu.

    • In Control Panel, click Network and Internet.

    • Click Network and Sharing center.

  2. Click Set up new connection or network:

  3. Click Connect to a workplace:

  4. Click Use my Internet connection (VPN):

  5. In the Internet Address field, provide the IP address of Acronis VPN server. In the Destination name field, provide a VPN connection name (e.g. Acronis_VPN), and then click Create:
  6. Click Change adapter settings:

  7. Right-click Acronis_VPN connection and choose Properties from the drop-down menu:
  8. Switch to Security tab and click Type of VPN. Choose Leayer 2 Tunneling Protocol with IPsec (L2TP/IPsec) option from the menu:

  9. Click Advanced settings, then click to select Use preshared key for authentication and type your preshared key to the Key field:
  10. Click to select Allow these protocols and mark Microsoft CHAP Version 2 (MS-CHAP v2):
  11. Your VPN connection is set up. To establish a connection to Acronis VPN:
    • RIght-click the network connection icon in the bottom left corner of the screen. 
    • Click Acronis_VPN:

    • Click Acronis_VPN, and then click Connect:
    • Enter the same username and password you always use to log in to your office workstation and click OK:

 

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