Site-to-site VPN interfaces cannot be removed in Windows Server 2012 R2 and a new site-to-site VPN cannot be established

Applies to: Windows Server 2012 R2 DatacenterWindows Server 2012 R2 StandardWindows Server 2012 R2 Essentials More

This article describes an issue that occurs when you remove site-to-site VPN interfaces in Windows Server 2012 R2. A hotfix is available to resolve this issue. The hotfix has a prerequisite.

Symptoms


When you run the Remove-VpnS2SInterface command to remove existing site-to-site VPN tunnel interfaces on a VPN server, this operation randomly fails. When this issue occurs, new site-to site VPN interfaces cannot be created on a VPN client that is running Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2.

Cause


This issue occurs because of a race condition between VPN interface removal and creation.

Resolution


To resolve this issue, install the update rollup or the hotfix on both the VPN client and server.

Get the update rollup for Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2

To resolve this issue, install the update rollup that is dated November 2014.

Get the November 2014 update rollup for Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, or Windows Server 2012 R2

Get the hotfix for Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix Download Available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, submit a request to Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft website: Note The "Hotfix Download Available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.


Prerequisites

To apply this update, you must have update 2919355 installed in Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2.

Registry information

To use the hotfix in this package, you do not have to make any changes to the registry.

Restart requirement

You may have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace a previously released hotfix.

More Information


Status


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

References


See the terminology that Microsoft uses to describe software updates.