Chapter 17: Mastering Dial-Up, Broadband, and On-the-Go Networking
Creating VPN Connections
Many organizations use VPN connections to gain access to their networks. These con-
nections use encryption to secure the transmitted data between the user and the net-
work. They also provide remote connectivity to a network so that you can access
network resources, such as file shares, email servers, and terminal service connections.
Most organizations use Internet connections to allow VPN client connections to their
network. If you do not have the correct information to connect to the VPN service,
contact your network administrator for specific information on how to connect to the
network. Some organizations use specific VPN client applications, which require the
installation of a separate VPN client application. To determine whether the default
VPN client included in Windows Vista will work with your VPN connection, contact
your network administrator. If your organization is running Microsoft’s Routing and
Remote Access Service (RRAS), the VPN client in Windows Vista will work by default.
In the Network and Sharing Center, you can set up a VPN connection by following
1. Click “Set up a connection or network” in the left pane. This opens the “Set up a
connection or network” Wizard.
2. In the wizard, click “Connect to a workplace,” and click the Next button.
3. If your computer has existing connections that could be used to connect to your
workplace, you’ll see a list of the existing connections. Select “No, create a new
connection” and then click Next.
4. On the “How do you want to connect?” page, you have two choices:
Use my Internet connection
This feature connects you to a workplace using a VPN connection through
the Internet. It requires a username and password for connecting to your
This feature connects you to a workplace using a VPN connection with a
modem by directly dialing a phone number to your workplace without
going through the Internet.
To use an existing Internet connection for a VPN connection, follow these steps:
1. Click “Use my Internet connection (VPN)” to use an Internet connection for a
2. If you aren’t currently connected to the Internet, you’ll see the “Before you con-
nect” page. On this page, choose the connection that you want to use to con-
nect to the Internet, and then click Next.
3. On the “Type the Internet address to connect to” page, shown in Figure 17-15,
type the IP address provided by your network administrator. This is the IP
address of your organization’s remote access server.