Configure WatchGuard VPN client over Windows7 64bit

We have a WatchGuard Firebox and when we are away from offices, we do use VPN connections through this device. However, when I ended up with Windows7 RC 7100 64bit edition, unfortunately few things didn’t work at the first place. Few I could recollect were Yahoo messenger, WatchGuard TAP driver etc.

I spent few hours over google and found some interesting topics about configuring the TAP driver over Vista 64bit. Though it was too early for Windows7 related posts, just combining bits from here and there and using the logics at needed places gave me a permanent solution for configuring the WatchGuard VPN client with my Windows7 64bit evaluation copy.

Workarounds are as following:

Download “openvpn-2.1_rc18-install.exe” from here

  1. Start the installer, and select only the TAP driver to be installed (Remember the WatchGuard VPN client software is 32bit application)
  2. Once the installation is over run “WG-MVPN-SSL.exe” which you can download from the device, as administrator. When the installation starts, uncheck TAP driver and let the installation finish normally.
  3. Once the installation is over, right-click on the new VPN client shortcut and change the properties to run with administrator privileges.

This should let you connect to your WatchGuard box without any troubles!

Hello world!

We are a group of IT guys, who were asked to install and test Windows 7, the latest Microsoft client OS prior mass deployment over our network. Though our intentions are not to judge Windows 7, we may regularly post the issues and workarounds we faced/deployed to deal with this relatively new operating system. You are invited to post your concerns, tips and tricks to enhance the experiences with Windows 7