Windows 2000 Inbound Connections via RRAS

by Johannes Helmig [Published on 20 Feb. 2000 / Last Updated on 20 Feb. 2000]

Like the the Windows NT4 Remote Access Services, you can configure your modem to allow Incoming connections, however there are some differences:

According to chapter 9 in MS Press book "Upgrading to Windows2000 Training Kit":
"You can configure inbound connections in Windows2000 with the same
Network Connection Wizard used for outbound connections if the computer
is not a member of a domain. However, you must use the Routing and
Remote Access Service (RRAS) to configure inbound connections when the
computer is a member of a domain or a domain controller

While the configuration of inbound/incoming connections via the
"Network Connection Wizard"
is available on both Windows 2000 Professional
and Windows 2000, "Routing and Remote Access Services (RRAS)" is only
available on Windows2000 Server:

When starting RRAS for the first time, right-click on your server-icon and
select to "Configure and Enable Routing and Remote Access":

The "Routing and Remote
Access Configuration
wizard appears.
For incoming/inbound
connections, just
"Enable remote Access"
You can enable all
devices for remote
For connections from
MS Windows systems,
select "only methods which
secure the user's password"
since I have only installed
TCP/IP protocol, it will
also be used for the
incoming modem calls.

Select, whether to allow
calling users to
"Access this server only" or
"Access entire network",
i.e. to route TCP/IP between
the modem and the LAN
I configured RRAS to use
a different subnet
(192.168.2.x) than the local
network (192.168.1.x)
Done !
RRAS is a Service,
select YES to start
(=activate ) it.
RRAS is now configured
an you can view the

By default, Windows 2000 creates automatically 5 PPTP and 5 L2TP ports
for incoming VPN-connections.

To check/modify the configuration of an item, right-click and select on the
item (like the server-name) and select "Properties":

Under the different tabs,
you can now view/modify
the different settings.
Once a call/connection comes in
(and you refresh the RRAS window),
it shows the names of the callers.

You can get also detailed statistics
by selecting either on the connected
"Client" or the used "Port" via a
right-click the Properties:

The connection statistics show:
- assigned IP-address
- connection duration (time)
- connection speed
- data exchanged

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