I've installed Azure VPN Client app and configured an Azure VPN profile. It works when I manually start it via the app's UI.

How do I initiate the connection via command line, Azure CLI or PowerShell?

Rasdial doesn't seem to work with Azure VPN Client profiles.

  • In Azure CLI, you might be looking for az network vpn-connection create.
    – harrymc
    Commented Sep 14, 2023 at 19:39
  • @harrymc isn't it for creating a new connection? I need to establish (activate) an existing confection.
    – noseratio
    Commented Sep 15, 2023 at 12:45
  • That's why I'm asking - there are parameters that suggest that it establishes a connection to an existing VPN.
    – harrymc
    Commented Sep 15, 2023 at 12:59
  • I think I've found the answer: stackoverflow.com/q/39638726
    – noseratio
    Commented Sep 18, 2023 at 0:58

2 Answers 2


Try something like this (powershell)

Start-Process -FilePath "C:\Program Files\Azure VPN Client\azurevpnclient.exe" -ArgumentList "--connect" -NoNewWindow

  • This doesn't work for me, although I have multiple connections. Where did you get this info? Are there more commandline switches documented somewhere?
    – LadyCailin
    Commented 2 days ago
  • Actually, this isn't even the right location, the client is installed as a Windows Store App, so it isn't directly in Program Files. Where do you get it so that it's installed as a standalone app?
    – LadyCailin
    Commented 2 days ago

Azure VPN Client stores the VPN profiles in another non-system phonebook, and by default, rasdial looks in the system phone book. The phonebook is just a text file on your system that you can take a look at, located at something like $env:LOCALAPPDATA\Packages\Microsoft.AzureVpn_*\LocalState\rasphone.pbk. Then, you can run rasdial $connectionName /phonebook:$phonebookPath.

If you parse1 the phonebook file, you can get a list of all configured VPNs, and rasdial2 by itself will tell you the currently connected VPN, and the /disconnect switch (no phonebook needed) will disconnect it. That should give you all the primitives you need to fully script against the client!

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