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How to connect a Vista workstation to a VPN server

Learn how to establish a connection from a Windows Vista PC or workstation to a VPN server in this VPN setup guide.

Now it's time to establish a connection from the client computer running Windows Vista to the VPN server. Follow these steps:

  1. Open the Network and Sharing Center.
  2. Click the Set Up a Connection or Network link.
  3. Windows opens the Set Up a Connection or Network dialog box. Choose the Connect to a Workplace option.
  4. On the following screen, click the Use my Internet Connection (VPN) option.
  5. You will see a screen asking for a network address and a destination name. The network address
    Vista VPN setup guide, part 1
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    should be the name of the VPN server (without the HTTPS). The name must be an exact match of the name that you entered in the Hosts file and of the common name appearing on the server's SSL certificate. The destination name can be anything that you want, but try to use a descriptive name for the connection.
  6. Click Next, and you will see a screen prompting you to enter your authentication credentials. Enter your username, password and the name of the domain that you want to connect to, and then click the Connect button.
  7. You should now see a message indicating that you are connected to the VPN server. Click the Close button to get rid of this message.
  8. At this point, Windows will display a screen asking you to choose the connection's location. This is primarily so that the Windows Firewall will know how to treat the connection. Choose the Work option.
  9. Click the Continue button.
  10. You should now see a message telling you that you have successfully configured the network settings. Click the Close button to get rid of this message.

Vista VPN setup guide, part 2

  Introduction
  Connect to the VPN server
  Establish trust
  Install the downloaded certificate
  Configure the VPN connection to use SSL

Brien Posey
About the author
Brien M. Posey, MCSE, is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for his work with Windows 2000 Server and IIS. Brien has served as the CIO for a nationwide chain of hospitals and was once in charge of IT security for Fort Knox. As a freelance technical writer he has written for Microsoft, TechTarget, CNET, ZDNet, MSD2D, Relevant Technologies and other technology companies. You can visit Brien's personal Web site at
http://www.brienposey.com .

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