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Barracuda CloudGen Firewall

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Example - Client-to-Site TINA VPN with MSAD Authentication

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Use a client-to-site VPN to let mobile workers connect securely to your CloudGen Firewall. Each client must have a valid username and password to authenticate. The client must use the Barracuda VPN Client to connect to the firewall via the TINA VPN protocol. By default, each user can have only one concurrent client-to-site VPN connection. An Advanced Remote Access subscription is required to enable concurrent client-to-site VPN sessions by the same user. You can connect from any IPv4 or IPv6 address, as long as an external IPv4 and IPv6 address are configured as a service IP address for the VPN service. Traffic passing through the client-to-site VPN is limited to IPv4.

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Supported VPN Clients

The following clients are supported for this client-to-site configuration:

Before You Begin

Step 1. Configure the VPN Service Listeners

Configure the IPv4 and IPv6 listener addresses for the VPN service.

Step 2. Create the VPN Client Network

All VPN clients will receive an IP address from the VPN client network with a static gateway. You can choose the gateway IP address freely from the subnet.

  1. Go to CONFIGURATION > Configuration Tree > Box > Assigned Services > VPN-Service > VPN Settings.
  2. Click Lock.
  3. Verify that the Default Server Certificate and Private key are both valid (green). If the Default Server Certificate and Private key are not valid, see How to Set Up Barracuda VPN CA VPN Certificates.
  4. Configure the client network.
    1. In the left menu, select Client Networks.
    2. Right-click the table and select New Client Network. The Client Network window opens.
    3. In the Client Network window, configure the following settings either for IPv4 and/or IPv6. If IPv6 is globally disabled, the section for IPv6 is displayed in ghosted colors and cannot be enabled:
      • Name – Enter a descriptive name for the network.

      • Type – Select routed (Static Route). VPN clients are assigned an address via DHCP (fixed or dynamic) in a separate network reserved for the VPN. A static route on the firewall leads to the local network.
      • Network Address – Enter the base network address for the VPN clients. E.g.,

      • Gateway – Enter the gateway network address. E.g.,


  5. Click OK.
  6. Click Send Changes and Activate.

Step 3. Configure VPN Group Match Settings

  1. Go to CONFIGURATION > Configuration Tree > Box > Assigned Services > VPN-Service > Client to Site.
  2. Click Lock.
  3. Click the External CA tab.
  4. Click the Click here for options link. The Group VPN Settings window opens.
  5. In the Group VPN Settings window, configure the following settings:
    1. In the X509 Client Security section, select External Authentication.

    2. For Default Authentication Scheme, select msad.
  6. Click OK.
  7. Click Send Changes and Activate.

Step 4. Create a VPN Group Policy

The VPN group policy specifies the network VPN settings and defines the conditions to be met by the client.

  1. Go to CONFIGURATION > Configuration Tree > Box > Assigned Services > VPN-Service > Client to Site.
  2. Click Lock.
  3. Click the External CA tab and then click the Group Policy tab.
  4. Right-click the table and select New Group Policy. The Edit Group Policy window opens.
  5. Enter a name for the Group Policy.

  6. From the Network list, select the VPN client network.
  7. In the Network Routes table, enter the network that must be reachable through the VPN connection. For example,

    To route all traffic through the client-to-site VPN tunnel, add a network route.


  8. Configure the group policy conditions. Only clients matching these conditions are allowed to connect through this group policy.
    1. Right-click the Group Policy Condition table and select New Rule. The Group Policy Condition window opens.
    2. In the Group Pattern field, define the groups on the authentication server that will be assigned the policy. E.g.: CN=vpnusers*

      Use the * as a wildcard if you want the user to be part of all groups and to have access to all resources.
  9. Click OK.
  10. Click OK.
  11. Click Send Changes and Activate.

Step 5. Add Access Rules

Add an access rule to allow traffic from your client-to-site VPN to your network. For more information, see How to Configure an Access Rule for a Client-to-Site VPN.

Monitoring VPN Connections

On the VPN > Client-to-Site page, you can monitor VPN connections. Clients authenticated via client certificate use a Name in the following format: <root certificate name>-<certificate serial number>-<username>. Depending on the length of individual values (e.g., long certificate serial numbers or usernames), the displayed Name might also get truncated.


The page lists all available client-to-site VPN tunnels. In the Tunnel column, the color of the square indicates the status of the VPN:

  • Blue – The client is currently connected.
  • Green  The VPN tunnel is available, but currently not in use. 
  • Gray – The VPN tunnel is currently disabled. To enable the tunnel, right-click it and select Enable Tunnel.

For more information about the VPN > Client-to-Site page, see VPN Tab.


To troubleshoot VPN connections, see the /VPN/VPN and /Box/Control/AuthService log files. For more information, see LOGS Tab.

Next Step

Configure the VPN client to connect to this VPN profile. For more information, see Remote Access Clients.