The Configuring IPSec module provides you with the instruction and server hardware to develop your hands on skills. This module includes the following exercises:

  • Prepare Lab Environment for Network Monitor
  • Create Connection Security Rules
  • Verify Connection Security Rules

Exercise 1 - Prepare Lab Environment for Network Monitor

Network Monitor also known as network sniffer/protocol analyzer is an indispensable tool used by system administrators for examining data communications and identify potential connectivity problems between networked devices.

Sniffer tools are aplenty and provided for public download for anyone interested in studying how computing devices function when sending and receiving data packets in a network.

In this exercise, you will download and install Network Monitor on a Windows 10 device where you will observe network traffic between devices in the lab network.

IExercise 2 - Create Connection Security Rules

Internet Protocol Security (IPSec) is a suite of protocols that secures and encrypts network transmission between two devices over an unsecured network. IPSec protects IP packets and provide a defense against network attacks from applications or users that have the capability to intercept data.

In this exercise, you will enable IPSec on a Windows Server 2012 and Windows 10 using local group policy on the devices. IPSec is supported in Windows devices using the Connection Security Rules found in Windows Firewall with Advanced Security console.

IExercise 3 - Verify Connection Security Rules

In the previous exercise, you created the connection security rules and enabled IPSec on each Windows device.

The Connection Security Rules and IPSec will use Encapsulating Security Payload (ESP) to encrypt ICMPv4 data packets that will be exchanged between Windows 10 and Windows Server 2012 computers. You will use network monitor which was installed earlier to examine the network traffic between devices.

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