How to Setup and Access a VPN in Windows 8

Setup and Access a VPN in Windows 8. Through a VPN users are able to access resources on remote networks, such as files, printers, databases, or internal websites. VPN remote users get the impression of being directly connected to the a network.

Configure Windows 8 for Incoming VPN

1.From the metro UI type Network it will bring up the search Select Settings. Click on  Network and Sharing Center on the left pain.

2. Click on Change adapter settings

3. Press Alt  key on the key board and Click on file from the menu, select New Incoming Connection…

4. Place a check mark on the user who you’d like to give access to this computer or you can configure a new account by clicking on Add someone… Click on Next.

5. Place a check mark on Through the Internet. Click on Next.

6. Select the protocols you want to enable for this connection. Click on Allow access. Note: Default selections (Recommended)…. Allow access

7. Take note of the Computer name as this will be used by the client to connect to this computer. Click on Close.

8. You will now have the Incoming Connections icon in Network Connections. Your computer is now ready to accept incoming VPN connections.

Configure your firewall to allow access to TCP port 1723 to allow incoming Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP) connection for VPN.

Configure The Router for Incoming VPN

Router Configuration: Enable PPTP and Generic Route Encapsulation (GRE) on the Router. Depending on the type of router, you need to either enable PPTP or create a port forward to port 1723. If you’re router has an additional setting for PPTP or VPN, make sure it’s enabled. It’s usually called a “pass-through” setting (i.e. PPTP pass-through or VPN pass-through)

Step 3. Configure the Client

Following are the steps for configuring Outgoing VPN Connection in Windows 7

1. Go to Start, Control Panel open Network and Sharing Center.

2. Click on Set up a new connection or network.

3. Select Connect to a workplace then click on Next.

4. Select Use my Internet connection (VPN).

5. Type the IP address or computer name where you wish to connect and your connection name under the Destination name field.

6. Enter a User name and password that has been granted access to the host computer.

7. For getting connected through created VPN connection, you can either right-click on the Network icon in the system tray and select Network and Sharing Center or go to Control Panel and open Network and Sharing Center, and click on Connect to a network.

8. Now connect VPN Connection windows will appears.

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I started this tech blog back in 2011 as a place to write down processes I took to fix my client systems and network. Now I write some tips and tricks to help others with the tech issues that one might encounter.

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