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Installation of the Windows XP VPN-Client

To be able to use a VPN-connection, you just need to have a connection to the Internet,
which can be direct or via a router, either a hardware router


or a software router, like the Windows XP Internet Connection Sharing.

In the "Network Connections",
use in the "Network Tasks"
"Create a new connection"
screen
"Network Connection Type"

Select
"Connect to the network at
my workplace"
screen
"Network Connection"

select
"Virtual Private Network
Connection", connect to the
network using a virtual private
network (VPN) connection
over the Internet.
screen
"Connection Name"

give your connection a name,
could be the Company name,
but could also be the name
of a friend to which you like
to connect
screen
"Public Network"

since the connection is establish
via the Internet, you will need
first to connect to the Internet and
the in a second step to connect
via VPN to the VPN-server.

You can define, whether to make
both connections manually yourself
or whether the VPN-connection
should handle also the initial
connection to the Internet, allowing
you just to start the VPN-connection.
you need to define the address,
to which to connect to via VPN,
either as Internet know Host name
or as Internet IP-address.

when using VPN in professional
configurations, then such an IP-address
for a VPN-server is permanent, but
when using it for connection to a
private system, it may change each day,
since on most dialup-connections you
will usually get a different IP-address
and also most ISP will assign each day
a different IP-address for cable or
DSL/ADSL modem (also forcing a
disconnect and reconnections al least
once a day). Just enter the IP-address
valid now for the VPN-server.
The Wizard has completed
the new connection.

continue with "Finish"
The wizard will start immediately
the connection, you can enter the
Username and password, which is
valid for a connection to the VPN
server, and connect.

you need to check a few items
in the properties of the VPN
connection.
The VPN connection has been
created and stored in your
network connections in the section
"Virtual Private Network".
Right-click and view the Properties.
tab : Networking

Type of VPN
set to "Automatic", allowing to
connect via PPTP , which is the
default for Microsoft VPN servers but
not 100% secure, or via L2TP IPsec,
which will require additional
configuration on the VPN-server.

for most uses, please use the
"Automatic" setting.


You need to select the
TCP/IP protocol and display
the properties.
By default, the VPN-server will
assign to the VPN-client the
settings for the TCP/IP.

Click on "Advanced" .
Tab "General".
by default the VPN-connection
will be used as "Default gateway":
if you are connected to the Internet
and have made the VPN-connection,
all requests to other Internet sites
will be routed to the VPN-server
and NOT directly to the Internet site.

if you need to access via the
VPN-server a company network,
then you need to keep this selection
of the "Default gateway", but if you
connect via VPN only to a single
system, un-check this selection to
allow you to connect via the VPN
and to other Internet sites in the same
session.

 

Make the VPN-connection

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