Windows XP VPN Configuration

NOTE: The following instructions are for connecting to a Real Time Linux Firewall with VPN services only, if you are trying to connect to any other server, these instructions will not help you.

Setting Up Your VPN Connection:

  1. Click on Start, then select Programs then Accessories

    Click on Start - Programs - Accessories

  2. Select Communications then New Connection Wizard

    Select Communications - New Connection Wizard

  3. In the New Connection Wizard click Next

    Click Next

  4. Select Connect to the Network at my workplace and click Next

    Select Connect to the Network at my Workplace - click Next

  5. Select Virtual Private Network connection and click Next

    Select Virtual Private Network connection - click Next

  6. Enter CompanyName VPN into the Company Name field and click Next

    Specify VPN account name - click Next

  7. Refer to the VPN Information Sheet (that was faxed to you) for the VPN/PPTP Server name and enter that in the Host name or IP Address field. Click Next

    Specify VPN Server name - click Next

  8. Place a check in the box Add a shortcut to this connection to my desktop and click Finish

    Click Finish

  9. Double-click the CompanyName VPN icon on the desktop

    Double-click VPN icon on desktop

  10. Click the Properties button.

    Click on the Properties button

  11. With the General tab selected, you can optionally have Windows dial your ISP before dialing the VPN. Only do this if you have an analog (or modem) dial-up connection.

    Choose the automatic dial option, if necessary

  12. Click the Security tab and place a check next to Advanced (custom settings) then click the Settings... button

    Select Security tabe, select Advanced (custome settings) - click Settings... button

  13. At the top of the Advanced Security Settings window in the Data encryption: field, select Require encryption (disconnect if server declines) In the Logon security section, do the following:

    1. Place a check next to Allow these protocols
    2. Check Microsoft CHAP (MS-CHAP)
    3. Check Microsoft CHAP Version 2 (MS-CHAP v2)
    4. Click OK

  14. Select Protocol Options - Click OK

  15. In the VPN Properties Window, click OK

Initiating Your VPN Connection:

  1. If you have an analog modem connection, make sure your Internet connection is active.
    If you have the First connect option enabled, proceed to step 2.

  2. Double click the VPN icon on your desktop

    VPN Icon

  3. Refer to the VPN Information sheet that was faxed to you and proceed with the following:
    1. Enter your Username in the User name: field
    2. Enter your Password in the Password: field
    3. Optional: Place a check in the save password box and select Me only
    4. Click Connect

      VPN user account information

  4. A dialog box should appear to show the username and password is being verified

  5. There will be a small icon in the task tray near the clock showing the status of the vpn connection, the 2 small PC icons flash indicating network activity over the VPN.

Disconnecting Your VPN Connection:

  1. When you have finished your session, right click the VPN icon in the task bar

  2. Select Disconnect