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Create and Connect a PPTP Mobile VPN for Windows 7

Create a PPTP Connection

To prepare a Windows 7 client computer, you must configure the PPTP connection in the network settings.

The exact steps could be slightly different depending on your Control Panel view, and your existing configuration.

  1. From the Windows Start menu, open Control Panel.
  2. Click Network and Internet.
  3. In the right pane, click Network and Sharing Center.
    The Network and Sharing Center appears.
  4. Select Set up a new connection or network
    The New Connection Wizard starts.
  5. Click Connect to a workplace and click Next.
    The Connect to a workplace page appears.
  6. If your computer has an existing workplace connection, select No, create a new connection and click Next.
    The How do you want to connect dialog box appears.
  7. Click Use my Internet connection (VPN).
    The Type the Internet address to connect to page appears.
  8. In the Internet address text box, type the hostname or IP address of the Firebox external interface.
  9. In the Destination name text box, type a name for the Mobile VPN (such as "PPTP to Firebox").
  10. Select whether you want other people to be able to use this connection.
  11. Select the Don’t connect now; just set it up so I can connect later check box so that the client computer does not try to connect at this time.
  12. Click Next.
    The Type your user name and password page appears.
  13. Type the User name and Password for this client.
  14. Click Create.
  15. Click Close.
  16. Click Connect to a Network.
    A list of the configured VPN connections appears.
  17. Select the name of the VPN connection you just created. Click Connect.
    The Connect dialog box appears.
  18. Click Properties to edit other properties for this connection.
    The Properties dialog box appears.
  19. Select the Security tab.
  20. In the Type of VPN drop-down list, select Point to Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP).
  21. Click OK.

Establish the PPTP Connection

The name of the VPN connection in the steps below is the destination name you used when you configured the PPTP connection on the client computer. The user name and password refers to one of the users you added to the PPTP-Users group.

For more information about the PPTP-Users group, see:

Make sure your computer has an active connection to the Internet before you begin.

  1. From the Windows Start menu, open Control Panel.
  2. Click Network and Internet.
  3. In the right pane, click Network and Sharing Center.
    The Network and Sharing Center appears.
  4. Select Connect to a network
    A list of configured network connections appears.
  5. In the connection list, select the name of this VPN connection. Click Connect.
    The Connect page appears.
  6. Type your user name and password.
  7. Click Connect.

See Also

Options for Internet Access Through a Mobile VPN with PPTP Tunnel

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