Preparing Basic VPN Components

After you have determines how you want to configure your VPN, you can begin preparing the VPN components necessary to create the VPN. A VPN combines device-level components (such as devices, zones, and routes) with network-level components (authentication, users, and NAT) to create a secure system of communication. Before you can create a VPN, you must first configure the components that comprise the VPN.

Each VPN type has basic, required, and optional components:

For mixed-mode VPNs, you must configure all basic and required policy- and route-based components.

Note: For step-by-step instructions on creating VPNs, see the Network and Security Manager Online Help.

To create any type of VPN, ensure that all security devices you want to use in the VPN are managed by NSM and configured correctly.

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