Windows 7 / Networking

Configuring Incoming Connections

Windows 7 also supports incoming connections of both the dial-up and the VPN types. In this scenario, Windows 7 is acting as a mini-VPN or RAS server to other client computers on the network.

Creating an incoming connection on a computer running Windows 7 requires administrator credentials on the computer and is supported only in workgroup environments. To create a new incoming connection, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Network Connections folder.
  2. Press the Alt key to make the menu bar visible.
  3. Select New Incoming Connection under the File menu option.
  4. Select the users you want to allow to connect to the computer. You can also click Add Someone to add additional users to the local user database on the computer.
  5. Click Next and then specify whether the selected users will connect to the computer through the Internet (using a VPN connection) or directly (using a dial-up modem). For this scenario, we will assume that the VPN option has been selected.
  6. Click Next and then specify which networking features to enable for the incoming connection. By default, IPv4 and File And Printer Sharing are enabled, and IPv6 is disabled.
  7. Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click Properties to configure the following:
    • Whether the calling (connecting) computer can have access to your LAN using your computer as a gateway
    • Whether the calling computer is assigned an IP address for its tunnel endpoint from a DHCP server on the network or is assigned an IP address from a range of addresses that you specify
    • Whether the calling computer can specify its own IP address for its tunnel endpoint
  8. Click OK and then click Allow Access to enable the incoming connection.
  9. The new incoming connection will be displayed in the Network Connections folder. Note that incoming connections are not displayed in the View Available Networks (VAN) UI.
  10. To further configure an incoming connection, open the Network Connections folder, right-click the connection, and then select Properties.

Note You can also view and configure some properties of incoming connections from the command line by using the Netsh command. For example, to show which users are allowed to connect to the computer, type netsh ras show user at a command prompt. For more help, type netsh ras ? at a command prompt.

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In this tutorial:

  1. Connecting Remote Users and Networks
  2. Enhancements for Connecting Remote Users and Networks in Windows 7
  3. Understanding IKEv2
  4. Understanding MOBIKE
  5. Understanding VPN Reconnect
  6. Protocols and Features of VPN Reconnect
  7. How VPN Reconnect Works
  8. Understanding DirectAccess
  9. Benefits of DirectAccess
  10. How DirectAccess Works
  11. Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2
  12. Ipv6
  13. IPsec
  14. Perimeter Firewall Exceptions
  15. Implementing DirectAccess
  16. Understanding BranchCache
  17. Benefits of BranchCache
  18. How BranchCache Works
  19. Protocols Supported by BranchCache
  20. Implementing BranchCache
  21. Supported Connection Types
  22. Outgoing Connection Types
  23. Incoming Connection Types
  24. Deprecated Connection Types
  25. Supported Tunneling Protocols
  26. Comparing the Different Tunneling Protocols
  27. Understanding Cryptographic Enhancements
  28. Support for AES
  29. Weak Cryptography Removal from PP TP/L2TP
  30. Supported Authentication Protocols
  31. Understanding the VPN Connection Negotiation Process
  32. Creating and Configuring VPN Connection
  33. Creating a VPN Connection
  34. Initiating a Connection
  35. Terminating a Connection
  36. Viewing Connection Details
  37. Configuring a VPN Connection
  38. Configuring Security Settings for a VPN Connection
  39. Configuring the Tunneling Protocol (s) Used
  40. Configuring Advanced Connection Settings
  41. Configuring the Data Encryption Level
  42. Configuring the Authentication Method Used
  43. Configuring Authentication for IKEv2 connections
  44. Configuring Mobility for IKEv2 Connections
  45. Configuring Dial-Up Connections
  46. Creating a Dial-Up Connection
  47. Advanced Connection Settings
  48. Configuring Incoming Connections
  49. Managing Connections Using Group Policy
  50. Using Remote Desktop
  51. Understanding Remote Desktop
  52. Versions of RDP
  53. RDP 6.1 Features and Enhancements
  54. RDP 7.0 new features and enhancements
  55. RemoteApp and Desktop Connection
  56. Understanding RDC
  57. Understanding Remote Desktop Services Terminology
  58. Configuring and Using Remote Desktop
  59. Enabling Remote Desktop and Authorizing Users on a Single Computer
  60. Enabling Remote Desktop Using Group Policy
  61. Configuring and Deploying Remote Desktop Connection
  62. Configuring Remote Desktop Connection from the Command Line
  63. Configuring Remote Desktop Connection Using Notepad
  64. Configuring Remote Desktop Using Group Policy
  65. Establishing a Remote Desktop Session
  66. Improving Remote Desktop Performance
  67. Troubleshooting Remote Desktop Sessions
  68. Configuring and Using RemoteApp and Desktop Connection