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Step 10: Test the client connection

Step-by-Step Guide: How to set up a VPN, part 10

  1. Double click on the connection in the list of available connections.


  2. You will be prompted for a username and password. Rather than entering your logon credentials, click the Properties button.


  3. In Properties, select the Networking tab.


  4. Set Type of VPN to PPTP VPN and click OK.


  5. You will be returned to the VPN logon screen. Enter your username in the domain/username format.


  6. Now enter your password and click Connect.


  7. There is a chance that you may be prompted as to which connection you want to use. If prompted, select the LAN Connection option.


  8. Once you are connected, go to Start -> Run and enter the \\servername\ROOT command.

You should see the content's of your server's C drive (assuming that you have the rights). Of course, it's rare that you would be directly accessing the server's C drive. More often, you would be accessing a specific share on the server. To do so, you would enter \\servername\sharename.


 Home: Introduction
 Step 1: Setup requirements
 Step 2: Implement DHCP services
 Step 3: Create an enterprise certificate authority
 Step 4: Install IAS
 Step 5: Configure IAS
 Step 6: Create a remote access policy
 Step 7: Configure the VPN server
 Step 8: Associate the VPN server with the DHCP server
 Step 9: Configure your remote clients
 Step 10: Test the client connection
 Step 11: Alternate VPN configuration options

Brien M. Posey, MCSE, is a Microsoft MVP for his work with Windows 2000 Server, Exchange Server and IIS. He has served as CIO for a nationwide chain of hospitals and was once in charge of IT security for Fort Knox. For more information visit

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