Windows 7 / Networking

Creating a VPN Connection

To create a new VPN connection on a computer if you already have a broadband (PPPoE) or dial-up connection to the Internet, follow these steps:

  1. Open Network And Sharing Center either from Control Panel or by clicking the networking icon in the system notification area followed by 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 Yes, I'll Choose An Existing Connection and then select one of the existing connections displayed on the Do You Want To Use A Connection That You Already Have? page. For example, if you want to use an existing dial-up connection (analog or ISDN modem) to provide Internet access for your new VPN connection, select that connection and then click Dial when the Connect dialog box is displayed for that connection. After you've used your existing connection to connect to the Internet, you can continue setting up your new VPN connection.
  5. Click Use My Internet Connection (VPN).
  6. Specify the IPv4 or IPv6 address or fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of the remote VPN server you want to connect to, 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 remote VPN server.
  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 10.
  8. To allow other users of the computer to use the connection, select Allow Other People To Use This Connection. Selecting this option configures your connection to be of the All Users type rather than a Private connection, which can be used only by the user who created it. The All Users connection type is also used for Windows logon over your VPN connection.
  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 remote VPN server. (This option is available only if you left the Use A Smart Card option 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 You can also start the Connect To A Network wizard by adding a Connect To option to your Start menu. To do this, right-click the Start menu and select Properties, click Customize, and select the check box labeled Connect To.

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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