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Barracuda SSL VPN
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How to Create a Network Place Resource

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The following steps describe the process of creating and configuring Network Places on the Barracuda SSL VPN in order to allow users access to the companies network shares.

On Windows systems, the Network Places resource provides support for Web Folders and the Windows Explorer Drive Mapping feature.To use these features, the Windows user must have administrative rights.

Before you begin

Microsoft Windows Server 2012R2 uses the SMB2 file sharing protocol per default. You may have to enable the SMB1 file sharing protocol used by the Network Places resource on the Barracuda SSL VPN via PowerShell

  1. Open a PowerShell and enter:

    Add-WindowsFeature FS-SMB1
  2. Reboot the Microsoft Windows Server.

  3. If SMB1 is disabled at the service level enable SMB1 via PowerShell:

    Set-SmbServerConfiguration -EnableSMB1Protocol $true

Your Microsoft Windows 2012R2 Server is now accessible for all Network Places on your Barracuda SSL VPN.

Step 1. Create the Network Place

  1. Log into the SSL VPN web interface. 

  2. Go to the RESOURCES >  Network Places page.
  3. Verify that you have selected the correct user database on the top right of the page.

  4. In the Create Network Place section, select the desired database from the User Database drop down list.
  5. Enter the name of the Network Place in the Name field.
  6. In the Path field, specify the path to the Network Place, for example: \\sales\public.
  7. In the Username and Password fields, enter the username and password, or leave them blank if you want the user to provide credentials when the application is launched. If you are using session variables:
    1. Select session:username[1] in the Username field.

      You might have to enter the domain as well as the Username session variable, using the following format: domain\${session:username[2]}

    2. In the Password field, select session:password[3].
  8. In the Available Policies section, select the policies that you want to apply to the Network Place and click Add >>

    If the policy that you want to add is not available in the Available Policies section, make sure that the appropriate user database is selected from the pull-down menu in the upper right of the page, or select the Global View user database to list all of the available policies from all the user databases.

  9. Click Add to create the network place.

The Network Place resource is now created and displayed in the Network Places section.

Step 2. Edit the Network Place

You can configure additional settings such as host and folder options by completing the following steps:

  1. In the Network Places section, click the Edit link associated with the Network Place. The Edit Network Places page opens.
  2. Configure the settings as required.
  3. When you are finished configuring your options, click Save at the bottom of the page. 
  4. Click Save.

Step 3. Launch the Network Place

To test the Network Place, go to the Network Places section, click the name of the Network Place or the Launch link associated with it. Make sure that you also test a user account that has the appropriate access rights with a connection outside your intranet.

Step 4. Add the Network Place

When you are ready to make the Network Place available to your users, apply a resource to it.

  1. In the Network Places section, click the Edit link associated with the new Network Place.
  2. In the Categories Resource section, select the resource categories that you want to apply to the Network Place, then click Add>> .
  3. Click Save.
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