Basic steps to setup VPN Server and Client in Windows 7

Hi all,

There are some reasons why you want to use Virtual Private Network (VPN).

  • Securely and cost-effectively use the Internet connection to connect your remote computers
  • Highly encrypted data transferred over the connection
  • Bypass internal security  firewalls by being considered as a within-network computer.
  • and more pros and cons for using VPN (http://www.itsecurity.com/features/vpn-popularity-021108/)

Following are the steps for configuring Incoming VPN Connection (mistakenly known as VPN Server) in Windows 7

  1. First go to Control Panel and open Network and Sharing Center.
  2. Click on Change adapter settings.
  3. Press Alt+F and select New Incoming connection
  4. Put a check on who you’d like to give access to this computer or you can configure a new account by clicking on Add someone,after that click on Next.
  5. Put a check mark on Through the Internet. Click on Next.
  6. Select the protocols you want to enable for this connection. Click on Allow access.
  7. Make a note of the Computer name as this will be used by the client to connect to this computer and after that Click on Close.

Following are the steps for configuring Outgoing VPN Connection (known as VPN Client) in Windows 7

  1. First go to Control Panel and open Network and Sharing Center.
  2. Click on Set up a new connection or network.
  3. Select Connect to a workplace then click on Next.
  4. Select Use my internet connection (VPN).
  5. Type the IP address or computer name where you wish to connect and your connection name under the Destination name field.
  6. Enter a User name and password that has been granted access to the host computer.
  7. For getting connected through created VPN connection, you can either right-click on the Network icon in the system tray and select Network and Sharing Center or go to Control Panel and open Network and Sharing Center, and click on Connect to a network.
  8. Now connect VPN Connection windows will appears.

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