The goal of this tutorial is to demonstrate how to connect to a VPN (Virtual Private Network). Steps below assume that Windows 7 is being utilized.
Assume we already have:
- IP or host name of the VPN server
- Credentials (username & password) to login to the VPN server
- Type of VPN is PPTP (Point to Point Tunneling Protocol)
1. Go to Control Panel => Network and Sharing Center
2. Click on Set up a new connection or network
3. Click on Connect to a workplace => Next
4. Select No, create a new connection and click Next.
If you don’t have any VPN connection, this step should not appear.
5. Click on Use my Internet connection (VPN)
6. In the Internet address, type the host name or IP address of the VPN Server. The Destination name field can be used to specify a unique name for the VPN connection. Make sure the Use a smart card and Allow other people to use this connection are unchecked.
Check Don’t connect now; just set it up so I can connect later and then click Next
7. Enter your login credentials (Username & Password) in the Username and Password textbox. If it’s required to provide the Domain, enter it.
Check the box Remember this password if you don’t want to enter your password all the time.
8. Click Close button, we still have few more steps.
9. Back to the Network and Sharing Center window, click on Change adapter settings
10. Find the VPN connection we’ve created, right-click on it and click Properties
11. Go to Security tab; under Type of VPN, select Point to Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP). Click OK
12. We’re now ready to connect to the VPN server, right-click on the VPN Connection we’ve created and click Connect. Or we can double-click on it.
13. If you checked ‘Remember this password‘ in step #7, simply click Connect button. Or you need to enter your password to connect to the VPN Server