Veeam Powered Network v2 - Simple and secure VPN networking
Networking is one of the most complicated aspects of any IT solution. Whether establishing a connection to a remote site, connecting branch offices together or extending on-premises networks to the cloud – organizations need an easier way to manage their networking needs.
Veeam® PN (Powered Network) is a FREE, easy-to-use, lightweight software defined networking (SDN) tool designed to simplify and orchestrate VPN networking and configuration tasks, eliminating manual networking connectivity and complicated VPN installation procedures. Administrators can create, configure and connect site-to-site or point-to-site VPN tunnels through an intuitive UI within a few clicks.
First, you will need to edit the “interfaces” fileLog on to the network hub appliance using the root (the default password is “VeeamPN”, but you may have changed this)#vi /etc/network/interfacesAdd the following to the configuration file:
iface ens160 inet static
dns-nameservers xxx.xxx.xxx.xxxReplcaing “xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx” with the ip addresses. If the section for “auto ens160” already, clear that and replace it with the format above.Hit “esc” then “:wq” to save the file.Then edit the resolve.conf file:
#vi /etc/resolv.confAnd add your dns servers:
nameserver xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx # Replace with your nameserver ip
nameserver xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx # Replace with your nameserver ipHit “esc” then “:wq” to save the file.Restart the networking on your system with:
# systemctl restart networkingNow the IP address should remain through rebooting the appliance.
Accessing Veeam PN Portal
Veeam PN offers two types of web-based portals:
Network hub portal is an administrative console on the network hub. The network hub portal is intended for Veeam PN Administrators managing the VPN organized with the help of Veeam PN. Veeam PN Administrators can use the portal to register and manage clients, configure general application settings, set up alerts, monitor network activities and so on.
Site gateway portal is an administrative console on a site gateway appliance. Administrators of networks in which site gateways are deployed can use the gateway portals to configure local network settings, set up alerts, monitor network activities and so on.
Veeam PN portals are deployed when you set up the network hub and site gateways. Veeam PN portals are accessible over HTTPS. You can use any supported web browser to work with portals remotely.
Accessing Network Hub Portal
To access the network hub portal:
- In the address bar of a web browser, enter the address of the network hub portal:
[For on-premises deployment] https://assigned_IP
[For service provider deployment or during a full failover] https://public_IP:6443
- In the Username and Password fields, specify credentials of a user account with Portal Administrator permissions.
*Username – root Password – assigned password
- Select the Remember me check box. If you enable this option, you will not have to re-log in to the portal (unless you perform manual logout). If you do not enable this option, you will have to re-log in to the portal if the work session remains idle for 10 minutes.
- Click Login
You can register three types of clients in the network hub portal:
Registering Standalone Computers
For AIT customers who want to register a standalone computer to test VPN Connectivity to their Cloud Connect Replicated Infrastructure. Register a standalone computer:
- Log in to the network hub portal as a Portal Administrator.
- In the configuration menu on the left, click Clients.
- At the top of the clients list, click Add.
- At the Type step of the wizard, select Standalone computer.
- At the Client step of the wizard, enter a name for the standalone computer. The computer name will be displayed in the list of clients.
- Select the Use HUB server as a default gateway check box. With this option enabled, Veeam PN will use the network hub as a default gateway and route all Internet traffic for the client over the network hub.
- At the Summary step of the wizard, review details of the client and click Finish to close the wizard.
After you click Finish, Veeam PN will generate an OVPN file with VPN settings for the registered client. The OVPN file will be automatically downloaded to the default downloads folder. Do not delete the downloaded file: you will need it to configure VPN connection settings on the standalone computer.