Automation

SN VPN Client Exclusive can perform automated actions for each VPN tunnel, such as switching to a fallback tunnel, opening the tunnel automatically if certain criteria are met, running batches or scripts at various stages while opening or closing a tunnel, etc.

These automated actions can be performed on any type of tunnel: IKEv2 and SSL.

These automated actions are configured for each tunnel type on the Automation tab of the corresponding tunnel: Child SA (IKEv2) or TLS (SSL).

Tunnel fallback

Refer to chapter Fallback tunnel.

Automatic Open mode

Automatically open this tunnel when VPN Client starts after logon

The tunnel will automatically open when the VPN Client is started.

Automatically open this tunnel when USB stick is inserted

If the tunnel is part of a configuration on a USB drive (see chapter USB mode), it will automatically be opened when the USB drive is inserted.

If the tunnel is configured with a certificate stored on a smart card or token, it will automatically be opened when the smart card or token is inserted.

Automatically open this tunnel on traffic detection

The tunnel will automatically open when traffic is detected that is heading towards an IP address on the remote network.

GINA mode

Enable before Windows logon

This option specifies that the VPN connection can be opened before the Windows logon: it appears in the GINA connections window (refer to chapter GINA mode below).

Automatically open this tunnel when GINA starts at logon

When this option is enabled, the tunnel will automatically open before the Windows logon. This option is enabled if the option Enable before Windows logon is selected.

Scripts

Before tunnel opens

The specified command line is executed before the tunnel opens.

When tunnel is opened

The specified command line is executed as soon as the tunnel is open.

Before tunnel closes

The specified command line is executed before the tunnel closes.

After tunnel is closed

The specified command line is executed as soon as the tunnel is closed.

The command lines can be as follows:

  • Calling a “batch” file, e.g. C:\vpn\batch\script.bat

  • Running a program, e.g. C:\Windows\notepad.exe

  • Opening a web page, e.g. https://my.site

  • etc.

There are many possible applications, such as the following:

  • Creating a semaphore file when the tunnel is open, so that a third-party application can detect the instant when the tunnel is open

  • Opening one of the company’s intranet servers automatically once the tunnel is open

  • Cleaning or checking a configuration before opening the tunnel

  • Checking the workstation (antivirus is up-to-date, correct versions of applications, etc.) before opening the tunnel

  • Automatic cleaning (file deletion) of a workspace on the workstation before closing the tunnel

  • Application for counting openings, closings, and durations of VPN tunnels

  • Changing the network configuration, once the tunnel has been opened, then restoring the initial network configuration once the tunnel has been closed

  • etc.

NOTE
Scripts cannot be configured for a tunnel configured in GINA mode. Data entry fields are disabled.