This article provides a detailed description of the installation and basic configuration of Windows as a client host connected directly to Kerio Control.
Along with configuring VMware settings for the virtual machine, you will also learn how to configure specific browser settings and troubleshoot network issues on Windows.
It will allow you to have your own advanced Kerio Control lab for issue reproduction and ease of troubleshooting.
Kerio Control Lab configured
Note: Windows 7 or 10 is also an acceptable Windows host, but it might have its own specific settings to apply.
- Edit the Windows Virtual Machine Settings to specify the Custom VMnet1 (Host-only) network adapter.
- Open Kerio Control Webadmin -> Configuration -> Users -> add new user for Windows host. For more information, please refer to Managing User accounts.
- Verify Domains and User Login settings.
- Verify HTTPS Filtering is enabled.
- Boot up Windows machine. The network login browser page will be opened automatically. Enter the Windows user credentials. Click Login.
Note: first initial boot of Windows should be performed without custom Network settings, as the initial Windows network config might be blocked by Kerio Control.
- Click Install certificate.
- Download the SSL certificate and import it into your browser. For more information, please refer to Exporting and Importing Kerio Control Local Authority as a Root Certificate.
After the certificate is imported, try to access a few websites like Google, Apple, MSN, etc. The websites load successfully.
The visited websites will appear under Web logs section.
The Windows host will be shown under the Active Hosts section.
If you're switching VM network adapter settings from NAT to Custom (Host-only) for the first time, there might be an issue with the DNS server not being responsive. The standard Windows Network Troubleshooter will return the "DNS server is not responding" and the Network icon will show yellow Exclamation mark. It is affecting mostly Windows 8 installations.
If this is the case, please follow the Microsoft forum discussion on how to reset DNS settings.
- Type “cmd” on the Start screen and select Command Prompt.
- Type the following commands and press Enter after each command:
- Check for the issue while browsing on the Internet.