AWS Client VPN for Windows - AWS Client VPN

AWS Client VPN for Windows

The following procedure shows how to establish a VPN connection using the AWS provided client for Windows. You can download and install the client at AWS Client VPN download. The AWS provided client does not support automatic updates.

Requirements

To use the AWS provided client for Windows, the following are required:

  • Windows 10 64-bit operating system, x64 processor

  • .NET Framework 4.7.2 or higher

The client reserves TCP port 8096 on your computer. For Client VPN endpoints that use SAML-based federated authentication (single sign-on), the client reserves TCP port 35001.

Before you begin, ensure that your Client VPN administrator has created a Client VPN endpoint and provided you with the Client VPN endpoint configuration file.

Connecting

Before you begin, ensure that you've read the requirements. The AWS provided client is also referred to as AWS VPN Client in the following steps.

To connect using the AWS provided client for Windows

  1. Open the AWS VPN Client app.

  2. Choose File, Manage Profiles.

    
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  3. Choose Add Profile.

    
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  4. For Display Name, enter a name for the profile.

  5. For VPN Configuration File, browse to and then select the configuration file that you received from your Client VPN administrator, and choose Add Profile.

  6. In the AWS VPN Client window, ensure that your profile is selected, and then choose Connect. If the Client VPN endpoint has been configured to use credential-based authentication, you'll be prompted to enter a user name and password.

  7. To view statistics for your connection, choose Connection, Show Details.

    
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  8. To disconnect, in the AWS VPN Client window, choose Disconnect. Alternatively, choose the client icon on the Windows taskbar, and then choose Disconnect.

    
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Release notes

The following table contains the release notes and download links for the current and previous versions of AWS Client VPN for Windows.

Version Changes Date Download link
3.1.0
  • Improved security posture.

May 23, 2022 Download version 3.1.0

sha256: 74ad66c5062d484173581deaa9bd6a6698ebd369a833f77710d417f4e4fcfe25

3.0.0
  • Added Windows 11 support.

  • Fixed TAP Windows driver naming causing other driver names to be affected.

  • Fixed the banner message not being displayed when using federated authentication.

  • Fixed banner text display for longer text.

  • Enhanced security posture.

March 3, 2022 No longer supported.
2.0.0
  • Added support for banner text after new connection is established.

  • Removed ability to use pull-filter in relation to echo. i.e. pull-filter * echo

  • Minor bug fixes and enhancements.

January 20, 2022 No longer supported.
1.3.7
  • Fixed federated authentication connection attempt in some cases.

  • Minor bug fixes and enhancements.

November 8, 2021 No longer supported.
1.3.6
  • Added support for OpenVPN flags: connect-retry-max, dev-type, keepalive, ping, ping-restart, pull, rcvbuf, server-poll-timeout.

  • Minor bug fixes and enhancements.

September 20, 2021 No longer supported.
1.3.5
  • Patch to delete large windows log files.

August 16, 2021 No longer supported.
1.3.4
  • Added support for OpenVPN flag: dhcp-option.

  • Minor bug fixes and enhancements.

August 4, 2021 No longer supported.
1.3.3
  • Added support for OpenVPN flags: inactive, pull-filter, route.

  • Fixed an issue that caused app crashes on disconnect or exit.

  • Fixed an issue with Active Directory usernames with backslash.

  • Fixed app crash when manipulating profile list outside of app.

  • Minor bug fixes and enhancements.

July 1, 2021 No longer supported.
1.3.2
  • Add IPv6 leak prevention, when it is configured.

  • Fixed a potential crash when you use the Show Details option under Connection.

May 12, 2021 No longer supported.
1.3.1
  • Added support for multiple client certificates with same subject. Expired certificates will be ignored.

  • Fixed local log retention to reduce disk usage.

  • Added support for 'route-ipv6' OpenVPN directive.

  • Minor bug fixes and enhancements.

April 5, 2021 No longer supported.
1.3.0 Added support features such as error reporting, sending diagnostic logs, and analytics. March 8, 2021 No longer supported.
1.2.7
  • Added support for the cryptoapicert OpenVPN directive.

  • Fixed stale routes between connections.

  • Minor bug fixes and enhancements.

February 25, 2021 No longer supported.
1.2.6 Minor bug fixes and enhancements. October 26, 2020 No longer supported.
1.2.5
  • Added support for comments in the OpenVPN configuration.

  • Added an error message for TLS handshake errors.

October 8, 2020 No longer supported.
1.2.4 Minor bug fixes and enhancements. September 1, 2020 No longer supported.
1.2.3 Roll back changes in version 1.2.2. August 20, 2020 No longer supported.
1.2.1 Minor bug fixes and enhancements. July 1, 2020 No longer supported.
1.2.0
May 19, 2020 No longer supported.
1.1.1 Minor bug fixes and enhancements. April 21, 2020 No longer supported.
1.1.0
  • Added support for OpenVPN static challenge echo functionality to hide or show the text displayed in the user interface.

  • Minor bug fixes and enhancements.

March 9, 2020 No longer supported.
1.0.0 The initial release. February 4, 2020 No longer supported.