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Windows 7: Virtual Private Network (VPN) – Enable Outgoing VPN Connections


Virtual Private Network (VPN) – Enable Outgoing VPN Connections

How to Configure Your Computer to Initiate Outgoing VPN Connections in Windows 7
Published by NosferatuX
26 Feb 2009
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How to Configure Your Computer to Initiate Outgoing VPN Connections in Windows 7


information   Information
This will show you how to configure your computer to connect to a Virtual Private Network (VPN) in Windows 7.



Here’s How:
1. Go to Control Panel and open Network and Sharing Center.
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2. Click on Set up a new connection or network.
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3. Select Connect to a workplace then click on Next.
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4. Select Use my internet connection (VPN)
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5. Type the IP address or computer name where you wish to connect and your connection name under the Destination name field.
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A)If connecting on a local resource or a LAN computer, you can type its computer name or IP address. The computer name shown here is taken from the previous tutorial Virtual Private Network (VPN) - Enable Incoming VPN Connections.

B) If connection to a computer behind a router and DNS is enabled using the computer’s name, put that in the Internet address field. If no DNS has been configured, type in your router’s IP address.

C) This section allows you to enable the use of a smart card, allow other users of your computer to access this connection and an option to disable immediate connection upon finishing the client setup.
6. Enter a User name and password that has been granted access to the host computer. If you put a check mark on the Show password field, it will display your password instead of dots. You can also choose to save your password and enter a Domain.
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A) If you did not put a check mark on Don’t connect now, just set it up so I can connect later in Step 5, you will see a Connect button. Clicking on Cancel will discard all your settings. Clicking on Connect initiates the connection and you will see the following screens
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Then…

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NOTE: Upon successful connection, you will be prompted to classify the VPN connection as a Home, Work or Public Connection.

B) If you did place a check mark on Don’t connect now, just set it up so I can connect later in Step 5, you will see a Create button. Clicking on Cancel will discard all your settings. Click on Create.
7. To connect to using the created VPN connection, you can either right-click on the Network icon in the system tray and select Network and Sharing Center or go to Control Panel and open Network and Sharing Center, and click on Connect to a network.
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A) This will bring up a window on the lower right hand corner of your monitor, just above the system tray. Click on VPN Connection and a Connect button will be shown. Click on Connect.
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8. Connect VPN Connection windows appears. Clicking on Connect initiates the connection. Clicking on Properities allows you to modify the VPN Connection Properties as well as configure connection sharing.
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Tip   Tip
To create a short-cut of the VPN connection you’ve created to your Desktop:
A) open Network and Sharing Center and select Change adapter settings.

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B) As you see our created VPN connection is now shown here

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C) Right-click on VPN Connection and select Create Shortcut. You will be prompted to create the shortcut to the desktop instead.

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You’re done,

Nos





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26 Feb 2009   #1
Digger

XP/win7 x86 build 7127
 
 

another nice one Nos..... just a shame there is no incoming vpn

well, nevermind... i just seen how to host a vpn connection. Hoooooray beer!

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26 Feb 2009   #2
NosferatuX

Windows 7 Build 7048 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Digger View Post
another nice one Nos..... just a shame there is no incoming vpn

well, nevermind... i just seen how to host a vpn connection. Hoooooray beer!
Thank you Digger!

Btw, there is an incoming VPN connection tut. It's under the related links

Yey Beer!
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14 Mar 2009   #3
gmaghesh

Windows7
 
 

thanks dude.
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14 Mar 2009   #4
jimbo45

W7 X-64 RTM,SUSE 11.1, XP PRO SP3 as a VM, VMware ESXi
 
 

Hi there
Thanks for the info -- great stuff.

Just a quickie

Is it worth setting up a Home "Server" type computer to allow VPN inbound connections or is it simpler and easier to simply use RDP (Remote desktop connection).

Does the VPN give any better security (or more importantly) perform better over a typical home ISP (download speeds can be pretty fast but upload speeds are usually pretty ****ty even from the best ISP's.

cheers (and great tutorial)

jimbo
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16 Mar 2009   #5
NosferatuX

Windows 7 Build 7048 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
Hi there
Thanks for the info -- great stuff.

Just a quickie

Is it worth setting up a Home "Server" type computer to allow VPN inbound connections or is it simpler and easier to simply use RDP (Remote desktop connection).

Does the VPN give any better security (or more importantly) perform better over a typical home ISP (download speeds can be pretty fast but upload speeds are usually pretty ****ty even from the best ISP's.

cheers (and great tutorial)

jimbo
Thank you and you're most welcome.

Very interesting points you've raised Let's see if we can shed light to your questions;

VPN - allows the connecting computer to have access to the network resources that's available but does not allow you to control the desktop you're connecting to.

RDC - allows you to access the computer as if you're using it physically

So it depends mainly on the purpose of your connection.

As far as security is concerned, VPN connections offers a configurable security option depending on what your network supports when it creates a tunneled network which is more robust than that of an RDC connection though it connects using a 128 AES encryption which is more than adequate in securing the session(s) in progress.

On connectivity, RDC offers an "experience" based option depending on the type of connection, that can be scaled down if you experience lags and such to improve responsiveness felt on the client connecting. As for VPN, you're limited to what your connection can support, though it gets all the available bandwidth it can get.

I hope that the above helps you figure out what you'll need for your setup.

Please feel free to shoot more questions bugging you.

Cheers
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16 Mar 2009   #6
Digger

XP/win7 x86 build 7127
 
 

why wouldnt/couldnt you vpn in, then RDP to whatever pc you wanted to control on the LAN, if needed?.... would have the security as well
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16 Mar 2009   #7
NosferatuX

Windows 7 Build 7048 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Digger View Post
why wouldnt/couldnt you vpn in, then RDP to whatever pc you wanted to control on the LAN, if needed?.... would have the security as well
That's one way of going about it

Nice suggestion.


Cheers
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16 Mar 2009   #8
jimbo45

W7 X-64 RTM,SUSE 11.1, XP PRO SP3 as a VM, VMware ESXi
 
 

Hi there
Thanks --that answered the main point.

It's rare that I actually want to control the computer remotely -- but just want to use the applications / MySQL database etc etc. installed on it.

The VPN route sems to offer much more security as well and probably is faster since unlike RDP doesn't have to send out loads of full screens over a slow network.

(OT but I do wish ISP's would offer faster UPLOADS as well

even in Iceland you can get Humungous download speeds (some are testing 50 Mb/s currently) but upload is still as slow as molasses.

I'd take say 35 Mb/s download with 10 Mb/s upload instead of 50 Mb/s and 2 Mb/s upload but the user doesn't get any "configuration choice.

In the UK speeds are very slow unless you are on a cable system -- when I use "the alternative sources" to get the 5057 build I logged remotely on via my Home ISP and then transferred the data via my Work's network. Took 2 Hours to complete the job - even with the 3.5GB file transfer from IS to UK instead of DAYS via standard UK ISP speed.

Holland seems to have the best allround speed these days -- maybe apart from Russia most of the "Hacks" and "Leaks seem to originate fromn there. Must be that "Funny Smelling Tobacco" they have in Amsterdam.

Cheeers

jimbo
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16 Mar 2009   #9
NosferatuX

Windows 7 Build 7048 x64
 
 

I know what you mean about upload speeds. LOL

Just these past few months, I've been contemplating on migrating to a different country just so I can get better bandwidth. <--- I know it's funny

Thank you for the info.

Cheers
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