Windows 7 / Networking

Creating a Dial-Up Connection

To create a new dial-up connection to a server at your workplace, perform the following steps:

  1. Open Network And Sharing Center, either from Control Panel or by clicking the networking icon in the system notification area and then clicking Open Network And Sharing Center.
  2. After Network And Sharing Center is displayed, click Set Up A New Connection Or Network to start the Set Up A New Connection Or Network wizard.
  3. On the Choose A Connection Option page, select Connect To A Workplace and then click Next.
  4. If this is the first connection you have created on the computer, proceed to step 5. Otherwise, select No, Create A New Connection and then click Next.
  5. Click Dial Directly and specify a telephone number for the RAS server to which you want to connect, as shown here. (You can also give the connection a descriptive name to distinguish it from other connections on the computer. Typically, this will be the name of your remote network or RAS server.)
  6. If dialing rules have not been configured for your computer, click Dialing Rules and then configure them as required.
  7. To use a smart card for authentication, select Use A Smart Card. You must have a smart card reader installed on the computer to use this option. If you select this option, proceed to step 11.
  8. To allow other users of the computer to use the connection, select Allow Other People To Use This Connection. Selecting this option requires that you have local administrative credentials for the computer so that you can respond to the User Account Control (UAC) prompt that appears.
  9. To create a new connection that needs further configuration before you can use it, select Don't Connect Now; Just Set It Up So I Can Connect Later.
  10. Click Next and specify the credentials (user name, password, and optionally the domain) you will use to be authenticated by the RAS server. (This option is available only if you left the option to Use A Smart Card cleared earlier in the wizard.)
  11. If you chose to create a connection that needs further configuring before being used, click Create and then either click Close to create the connection or click Connect Now to initiate the connection.

Note A dministrators can also use the new version of the CMAK included with Windows Server 2008 R2 to tailor the appearance and behavior of connections made using Connection Manager, the built-in remote access client dialer included in Windows 7. Using CMAK, administrators can create and deploy custom connections for client computers to simplify the user experience of connecting to remote networks. You must use the new Windows Server 2008 R2 version of CMAK to create and configure connections for clients running Windows 7 because the new CMAK includes multiple-locale support that lets you create Connection Manager profiles on a server of any locale for installation on a client of any other locale.

Configuring a Dial-Up Connection

Configuring a dial-up connection is similar in many respects to configuring a VPN connection and supports the same authentication and data encryption features as VPN connections. See the section titled "Configuring VPN Connections" earlier in this tutorial for more information on VPN connection settings.

The same five tabs are displayed in the Properties dialog box for both dial-up and VPN connections, with the following changes for dial-up connections:

  • General Select and configure modem (analog or ISDN), specify phone number(s) for RAS server, and enable and configure dialing rules
  • Options An additional setting to prompt for phone number when connecting
  • Security Additional settings to optionally display a terminal window and run a connection script
  • Networking Same options as for VPN connections
  • Sharing Same options as for VPN connections

Note If your computer running Windows 7 has file sharing enabled on it, the File And Printer Sharing For Microsoft Networks option on the Networking tab is enabled on VPN connections but is disabled on dial-up connections.

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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