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How to set up a basic VPN with Windows 7
A Windows virtual private network allows remote access of a computer by another computer typically over an internet connection. This will let you access files that have been shared on the main computer that has been set up as a VPN server.

This is a software VPN you can also purchase a hardware VPN but the software version that is built right into Windows is what we will be using here.
You can tweak the setting a little so I will put in just one simple example on the same network.

VPN Server.

Click "Start"

Click "Control Panel"  (towards the upper right corner of the window make sure it says category view)

Click "Network and Internet"

Click "Network and Sharing Center"

On the left click "Change Adapter Settings"

Hold the "ALT" Key and press the "F" Key. This should open the "File" menu.

Click "New incoming connection"

From the connection wizard select the users that will be allowed to access the VPN. Note the usernames and their passwords for the VPN Client setup.

Click "Next"

Windows will ask how users will connect. You want to select "Through the Internet"

Click "Next"

For this example well leave everything at the default settings on this page.

Click "Allow Access"

You should now see a message saying that "The people you chose can now connect to this computer."
On this page it will also show the name of the computer. Make a note of this name or take this opportunity to print the information.

Click "Close"

You should now be back to the Network Connections Page and you should now see a new "Incoming Connection"

Now click Start

In the search/run box type CMD and hit enter.

This will open the command prompt.

In the command prompt type ipconfig and hit enter.

You will see the IP address of the computer (VPN), the subnet mask and the address of the Default Gateway. Make a note of these numbers.

Open Internet Explorer

In the address bar type the address of the default gateway ( Example )

Log in to your gateway (Router) using your Username and Password.

Look around and find the "Port Forwarding" section of your router.

Create the PPTP service set the "Start Port and End Port" to 1723 and the IP address to the IP address of the computer that is acting as the VPN. This is the number you found in the command prompt in ipconfig.

If your Router requires it, set up a PPTP pass through.

Now you can close Internet Explorer.

Client VPN Setup.

Click "Start"

Click "Control Panel"  (towards the upper right corner of the window make sure it says category view)

Click "Network and Internet"

Click "Network and Sharing Center"

Towards the middle of the window click on "Set up a new Connection or Network"

Click "Connect to a Workplace"

Click "Next"

The window will ask you how you want to connect. Select "Use my internet connection (VPN)"

In the next window you will be asked for an internet address. Type in the IP address of the Computer you set as the VPN server. You found this address when you were in the command prompt and typed in "ipconfig"

You can leave the Destination name the way it is if you want.

Click "Next"

In this window you will need to put in the Account login information for the user that you allowed on the VPN server.

Click "Connect"

The client computer should now connect to the VPN Server.

A window should show up saying that you are connected.

Click "Start"

In the search / run area type run and hit enter.

In the Run command type the name of the VPN server. An example of this would be      \\vpn (it would actually be the name you noted during VPN setup.) you need to put the two back slashes before the server name.

Hit enter.

You should now be able to see the shared files on the VPN server.

Hope this helps...


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