How to setup a VPN Client on Windows XP Professional

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October 4, 2009 by Administrator

Problem: I am a system administrator in a company with three offices. An ISP in town provides me microwave-radio connectivity between two of my offices and their base station, and a VSAT connectivity to the third as it’s in another part of the country.

I have setup myVPN server at the HQ and I need to set up VPN clients at my branch office.

1) click your start menu >> control panel >> network and internet connections >> network connections
Click: create a new connection

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2) You’ll get the ‘Welcome to the New Connection’ wizard, click ‘Next’ to continue

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3) On the ‘Network Connection Type’ page, select the ‘Connect to the network at my workplace’ option and click ‘next’ to continue

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4) select the ‘Virtual Private Network connection’ option and click ‘next’ to continue

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5) Type a name for your VPN connection. Note: this is much like a label. You can name it anything. For this exercise, I call it myvpn1. Click ‘next’ to continue

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6) The VPN server selection screen prompts for the server-name or IP address of your VPN server. If you are not the system administrator of your VPN server, you need to ask him/her for the VPN server-name or IP address and enter it here.

For this exercise, I typed in the IP address of my VPN server. Click ‘next’ to continue

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7) Add the connection icon to your desktop for easy access and click ‘Finish’.

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You’ll be prompted to immediately connect to your VPN server. If the VPN-server is online, type in the valid username and password as provided by your system administrator.

Click ‘connect’ to continue

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8) If all goes well, you will be prompted to ‘accept’ the connection. Click ‘accept’ to login.

Note: if there are no other protocols other than TCP/IP to be requested for/configured during your VPN connection, check the box ‘do not request failed protocols next time’ so as not to receive the error msg: IPX/SPX or compatible CP reported error 733 blah blah blah’ every time you try to connect.

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You’ll get a similar prompt on your toolbar:

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9) Now, If you check your network connections on your client PC, or the desktop shortcut, you can see myvpn1 is connected

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12) To disconnect from or connect to your server, right click your desktop VPN icon or on the VPN icon in ‘network connections’ above, and select ‘disconnect/connect’.

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2 thoughts on “How to setup a VPN Client on Windows XP Professional

  1. Rehman says:

    1. We need a tech person to suggest and help setup the most cost effective solution for setting up PPTP and OpenVPN Server which supports Voip
    and clients setup on windows and DDWRT vpn firmware based routers like linksys .

    2. The tech needs to be able to set up the VPN Service, change IP’s of the server upon request, provide limited tech support for connection issues.

    3. Windows engineer and Sysadmin expert in networking issues will be able to accomplish the task .

    5. Knowledge of Quintum, GSM Gateways, Voip Traffic, Asterisks, Freeswitch, Calling Card solution , VPS , MVTS will be preferable for our further projects.

  2. Rehman says:

    1. We need a tech person to suggest and help setup the most cost effective solution for setting up PPTP and OpenVPN Server which supports Voip
    and clients setup on windows and DDWRT vpn firmware based routers like linksys .

    2. The tech needs to be able to set up the VPN Service, change IP’s of the server upon request, provide limited tech support for connection issues.

    3. Windows engineer and Sysadmin expert in networking issues will be able to accomplish the task .

    5. Knowledge of Quintum, GSM Gateways, Voip Traffic, Asterisks, Freeswitch, Calling Card solution , VPS , MVTS will be preferable for our further projects.
    rehman.phattan@hotmail.com

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