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Make the VPN connection

To make a connection via the Internet via VPN :
- the
VPN-server must be installed and connected to the Internet :


- you need to know the Internet IP- address of the VPN-server.
if it is not a permanent IP-address but changing (due to a new IP-address getting
assigned on each new connection of the server system to the Internet):

Ask the operator of the VPN-server to look-up
the IP-address of the Internet connection:
- right-click on the connection, select "STATUS"

on the tab: Details, there will be the IP-address,
which you need to get via phone or e-mail.


when you get the phone-call or e-mail with
the IP-address, right-click on the
VPN-connection, select Properties

on the tab: General, change the IP-address
to the currently valid IP-address.


You are ready to make the connection:
double-click the VPN-connection:


Enter, if required , your username and password, select to "connect".

Once username and password are verified, it will
show that you are "connected" and also the type
of VPN-connection, in this case via PPTP.

There will be an additional indicator icon in the
taskbar for this VPN-connection.

In my example, there are 3 network indicators:
- the indicator for the LAN Ethernet network card, connecting
to the ADSL modem
- the indicator for the Internet connection via ADSL
- and now the indicator for the VPN connection

You have now TCP/IP access to the system running the VPN-server, and could browse
a website, run FTP or use an ERP system.
You can also access the disk on the VPN-server (if the disk has been shared):

You will not be able to see in "Your Network Places" the shared disk, because
the election of the Browse-Master does not include systems connected via such
external connections.

but you can use "Search", enter the name of the VPN-server and "Search" for it ,
be patient, it will most probably take a some time (10-30 seconds) to locate the system ::


you can then display the shared resources (double-click on the system ) and
access / copy files :


Note : with a VPN connection, you are using Windows networking, and all rules
of Windows XP networking apply:
For validation your network access permission, the username and password used to
login to your system at startup will be used (the username and password defined
above
will only validate your permission to establish the VPN-connection ) and when connecting
to a Windows XP system, you must use a
User-account with a password.


While there is an incoming VPN-connection on the VPN-server, this will be indicated
in the "Network Connections":

It will show the Username
used for the connection,
you can right-clock and
select "Status" to see the
details of the connection,
like the IP-addresses.

Note: Windows XP
Home and Professional
are limited to allow only
ONE simultaneous
incoming VPN connection,

if multiple simultaneous
Incoming VPN-connections
are required, you will have to
use as VPN-server a
Windows 2000 or 2003 server
or a non-Microsoft VPN-product.
if you right-click on the
connection and select "Status",
you can view on the tab:Details
the IP-addresses uses for the
VPN-server and for the
calling system.
There will also be an additional
indication icon in your taskbar
for this incoming VPN connection

 

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