Direct Access 2012 console failes to load config

by Thomas Forsmark Sørensen 1. July 2015 23:18

I have several DirectAccess configurations at my customers where they use both DirectAccess and VPN on the same server.

I have often seen that when I have changed the DirectAccess configuration on a server with both DirectAccess and VPN  installed then I was not able to start the DirectAccess console afterwards.

The problem:

After changing the DirectAccess configuration and when starting the DirectAccess console the following error message is shown:

"Settings for server <Server Name> cannot be retrieved. VPN is configured to allocate IP addresses using a static address pool, but no IP address ranges are configure"

It seams that DirectAccess configuration faulty will set the VPN configuration to using a static address pool without a pool beeing defined.

The solution:

I searched the Internet and found the solution here.

Just run this command in an elevated powershell prompt on the DirectAccess server:

Set-VpnIPAddressAssignment -IPAssignmentMethod DHCP

That will configure the VPN back to using a DHCP server to assing IP addresses to the clients.

After that it is again possible to open the DirectAccess console without any errors.

I hope it helps.



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My name is Thomas Forsmark Sørensen.

I live in Odense in Denmark and work for Globeteam in Virum.

I am working as a Microsoft Infrastructure consultant with main focus on application and Operating System Deployment.

I work mostly with Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2 and MDT 2013, but I also work with other of Microsofts products. 


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