Many organizations use VPN connections to gain access to their networks. These connections use encryption to secure the transmitted data between the user and the network. They also provide remote connectivity to a network so that you can access network resources, such as file shares, email servers, and terminal service connections.
Most organizations use Internet connections to allow VPN client connections to their network. If you do not have the correct information to connect to the VPN service, contact your network administrator for specific information on how to connect to the network. Some organizations use specific VPN client applications, which require the installation of a separate VPN client application. To determine whether the default VPN client included in Windows 7 will work with your VPN connection, contact your network administrator. If your organization is running Microsoft’s Routing and Remote Access Service (RRAS), the VPN client in Windows 7 will work by default.
In the Network and Sharing Center, you can set up a VPN connection by following these steps:
Click “Set up a new connection or network.” This opens the Set Up a Connection or Network Wizard.
In the wizard, click “Connect to a workplace,” and click the Next button.
If your computer has existing dial-up connections that could be used to connect to your workplace, you’ll see a list of the existing connections. Unless your system administrator has specifically directed you to use one of these connections, select “No, create a new connection” and then click Next.
On the “How do you want to connect?” page, you have two choices:
- Use my Internet connection
This feature connects you to a workplace using a VPN connection through the Internet. It requires a username and password for connecting to your VPN server.
- Dial directly
This feature connects you to a workplace using a VPN connection with a modem by directly dialing a phone number to your workplace without going through the Internet.
To use an existing Internet connection for a VPN connection, follow these steps:
Click “Use my Internet connection (VPN)” to use an Internet connection for a VPN connection.
If you aren’t currently connected to the Internet, you’ll see the “Before you connect” page. On this page, choose the connection that you want to use to connect to the Internet, and then click Next.
On the “Type the Internet address to connect to” page, shown in Figure 17.15, type the IP address provided by your network administrator. This is the IP address of your organization’s remote access server.
In the “Destination name” text box, type a name for the connection. The default name is VPN Connection.
Check “Use a smart card” if you have a smart card for use in authenticating you to your VPN connection.
Check “Allow other people to use this connection” if you want anyone with access to your computer to be able to use this VPN connection.
Check “Don’t connect now; just set it up so I can connect later” if you want to create the VPN connection, but not actually connect to it.
Click Next. On the “Type your user name and password” page, the wizard prompts you to enter your username and password. In the “User name” text box, enter the domain username for your workplace. In the Password text box, enter the password for your domain user account. As necessary, click “Show characters” to view your password. This helps you identify the correct syntax and find typos.
Click “Remember this password” to save your password for future use.
As necessary, enter the name of the domain at your workplace into the Domain text box. This setting is optional, but it remembers your domain so that you do not have to type it in each time you use the connection.
After entering the correct data into the fields provided by the wizard, click the Connect button to create the connection and connect. If you chose “Don’t connect now; just set it up so I can connect later” in the earlier step, click Create to create the connection without actually connecting and then click Close.
To use a dial-up connection for a VPN connection, follow these steps:
Click “Dial directly” to use your modem to make the VPN connection.
On the “Type the telephone number” page, enter the phone number provided by your network administrator.
Complete steps 4–10 of the previous procedure. After providing the necessary information, click Create to create the dial-up VPN connection. If you chose “Don’t connect now; just set it up so I can connect later” in the earlier step, click Create to create the connection without actually connecting and then click Close.
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