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Managing VPN or Dial-In Connections

You can manage (and troubleshoot) your remote connections by using the RRAS snap-in. For example, the number of remote access connections is displayed on the Remote Access Clients node in the snap-in tree. If you want to view individual users, click this node. The currently connected users are then listed in the Details pane (see Figure 17.14).

Figure 17.14. You can view a list of the currently connected remote users.

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You can also view the properties associated with a particular user; double-click the user’s connection in the Details pane. The Status box that appears provides the user’s name, the duration of the connection, and other information related to the connection itself.

Not only can you view details related to an individual user connection, but you also can view the status of the modem and VPN ports provided by the server. In the snap-in tree, click the Ports node. The current ports available on the VPN server appear in the Details pane. Figure 17.15 shows an active VPN port connection on the RRAS server.

Figure 17.15. Click the Ports node to view the status of the server’s VPN or dial-in ports.

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To view a particular port’s status, double-click the port in the Details pane. A status box opens for the port. This status box is very similar to the status box for your remote users; it shows the connection time and other parameters related to the current connection. You can close the connection (basically cutting off the remote user) by clicking the Disconnect button.

We have been discussing using the RRAS snap-in for management of a local RRAS server, but you can also use it to manage a number of remote RRAS servers in the domain. This gives you an overall picture of RAS connections in the domain.

To add other servers to the RRAS snap-in, right-click the Routing and Remote Access icon in the snap-in tree and select Add Server. The Add Server dialog box appears. You can specify the addition of a particular server or add all Routing and Remote Access Servers in the domain by providing the domain name.

The Add Server dialog box also provides for the browsing of the Active Directory to enable you to find a particular RAS server and add it to the snap-in. After the server has been added to the snap-in, you can view its status and view the current connections to the server.

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