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Step 9: Configure your remote clients

Step-by-Step Guide: How to set up a VPN, part 9

You may recall that we had to create a special security group for any user who is going to be accessing the network over the VPN connection. Therefore, I am assuming your remote users have been added to the necessary group and your client computers already have Internet access.

To allow a Windows XP client computer to access your private network, you must tell it to use a VPN connection.

  1. To do so, open the Control Panel and select the Network and Internet Connections option.


  2. Select the Create A Connection to the Network At Your Workplace option.


  3. Windows will now ask you if you want to create a dial-up connection or a VPN connection. Select the VPN option and click Next.


  4. At this point, you will see the Company Name prompt. Here you can enter the name of your company, the name of the server that you are connecting to, or anything else to describe the connection.


  5. Click Next. You will be prompted to enter the IP address of the server that you are connecting to. This will be the external IP address (the one connected to the Internet) of your VPN server.


  6. Click Next again, followed by Finish to create your connection.


 Home: Introduction
 Step 1: Setup requirements
 Step 2: Implement DHCP services
 Step 3: Create an enterprise certificate authority
 Step 4: Install IAS
 Step 5: Configure IAS
 Step 6: Create a remote access policy
 Step 7: Configure the VPN server
 Step 8: Associate the VPN server with the DHCP server
 Step 9: Configure your remote clients
 Step 10: Test the client connection
 Step 11: Alternate VPN configuration options

Brien M. Posey, MCSE, is a Microsoft MVP for his work with Windows 2000 Server, Exchange Server and IIS. He has served as CIO for a nationwide chain of hospitals and was once in charge of IT security for Fort Knox. For more information visit

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