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Configuring the VPN Client

Configuring a VPN client is actually a two-step process. First, you must enable the user’s domain account for VPN access (as discussed earlier in this hour in the section Configuring Remote Access Clients“). Second, you must configure the client computer for a remote connection. When the client computer attempts to connect via the VPN connection, the user’s domain account is used to validate the remote access session.

Users running a number of network clients such as Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Vista can take advantage of VPN connections to a domain. Let’s look at how you would configure a Windows Vista client for remote access via VPN. Follow these steps:

1. Open the Control Panel and then open the Network and Sharing Center window (click View Network Status and Tasks under the Network and Internet group).

2. In the Network and Sharing Center, click Set up a connection or network in the Tasks list. The Set Up a Connection or Network Wizard opens (see Figure 17.12).

Figure 17.12. Set up a VPN connection.

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3. Click the Connect to a Workplace option and then click Next.

4. Click Next to continue. On the next screen, you are asked to specify the type of connection that will be used: dial-up or VPN. Select the Virtual Private Network connection option and then click Next to continue.

5. On the next page, select the Use My Internet Connection (VPN) option.

6. On the next page (see Figure 17.13), type the hostname or the IP address of the VPN server. You can also provide a destination name for the connection. You can also select other options at this point, such as the use of a smart card for authentication or to allow other people (who use the computer) to also use the connection. After specifying the hostname or IP address and the other settings (as needed), click Next.

Figure 17.13. Provide the DNS name or public IP address of the RRAS server.

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7. On the next page, provide the domain username and password for the connection. You can also supply the domain name (which is optional).

8. To connect, click the Connect button. The connection is made from the remote client to the VPN server. The wizard should provide a message: You are connected. You can click Close to close the wizard.

Did you Know?

To connect to subsequent VPN sessions, open the Network and Sharing Center window and then click Connect to a Network in the Tasks list.

After the connection has been made, remote users can access any resources on the network that they could if they were directly connected to the local area network. Access levels are based on the permissions that you have assigned to the particular user account used for the remote connection. For more about protecting network data and using permissions, see Hour 13, “Using Share and NTFS Permissions.”

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