Now it's time to establish a connection from the client computer running Windows Vista to the VPN server. Follow these steps:
- Open the Network and Sharing Center.
- Click the Set Up a Connection or Network link.
- Windows opens the Set Up a Connection or Network dialog box. Choose the Connect to a Workplace option.
- On the following screen, click the Use my Internet Connection (VPN) option.
- You will see a screen asking for a network address and a destination name. The network address
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- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Click the Continue button.
- 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
Connect to the VPN server
Install the downloaded certificate
Configure the VPN connection to use SSL
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 .