VPNs and simple mistakes

Quick note here – hopefully this will show up in someone’s Google search.

I was having issues getting my VPN service to connect. I was about to contact support when I decided I should check the log. I’m glad I did, as the error was quite obvious.

Fri Jul 25 17:18:32 2014 CreateFile failed on TAP device: \\.\Global\{…}.tap

Fri Jul 25 17:18:32 2014 All TAP-Win32 adapters on this system are currently in use.

Fri Jul 25 17:18:32 2014 Exiting

No free tap driver: all TAP-Win32 adapters on this system are currently in use

The symptoms of this problem were that the progress bar for connecting to the VPN would get to about 50%, progress to 60%, drop back to 50%, and then claim a failed connection.

The solution to the problem: Enable the TAP-Win32 Adapter under Network Connections.

I wish all issues were this easy to solve.

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