How to Set Up a Windows VPN

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How to Set Up a Windows VPN
From another location, you can connect to your server by using a virtual private network (VPN) connection. Ask your network administrator for the name of the VPN server before you open the wizard.

Windows 7
  1. Open the Connect to a Workplace wizard by clicking the Start button , and then clicking Control Panel
  2. In the search box, type network, click Network and Sharing Center.
  3. Click Set up a connection or network, and then click Connect to a workplace.
Windows XP
  1. Click Start > Control Panel.
  2. Double-click Network Connections.
  3. Click on Create a new connection.
  4. In the Network Connection Wizard, click Next.
  5. Click Connect to the network at my workplace > Next.
  6. Click Virtual Private Network connection > Next.
  7. If you are prompted to, and you use a full-time connection such as a cable modem, click Do not dial the initial connection. Click Next.
  8. Type a descriptive name for the connection, and then click Next.
  9. Type the [IP address] of your server, and then click Next.
  10. Choose Anyone's use or My use only based on your situation, and then click Next.
  11. If wanted, click the Add a shortcut to this connection to my desktop check box and then click Finish.
  12. If you are prompted to connect, click No.
  13. In the Network Connections window, right-click the new connection.
  14. Click Properties, and then configure more options for the connection:
  15. If you want the computer to redial the connection if the line is dropped, click the Options tab, and then click to select the Redial if line is dropped check box.
To use the connection, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, point to Connect To, and then click the new connection or if you added a connection shortcut to the desktop, double-click the shortcut on the desktop.
  2. After your computer connects to the Internet, the VPN server prompts you for your user name and password. Type your user name and password, and then click Connect. Your network resources should be available to you in just like they are when you connect directly to the network.
  3. To disconnect from the VPN, right-click the icon for the connection, and then click Disconnect.
Note: If you cannot connect to shared resources on the remote network by computer, you can use the remote computer's IP address to connect by using UNC (\\<IP_Address>\Share_name). Edit the hosts file in the Windows\System32\Drivers\etc\ folder, and add an entry to map the remote server's name to its IP address. Then use the computer name in a UNC connection (\\Server_name\Share_name).

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