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VPNs and Windows XP Professional
Below is a step by step guide on how to setup a Windows XP Professional Workstation on a Virtual Private Network.
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How to Setup a VPN on Microsoft Windows XP Pro
1. Select Start - go to Settings - click on Control Panel
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Creating a New Connection
2. Select Network and Internet Connections if you cannot see the adapters immediately, you will need to click on Network Connections.
3. Under Network Tasks click Create a new connection.
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4. The Windows XP Professional Welcome to the New Connection Wizard screen will open.
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Network Connection Type
5. Click Next to access the Network Connection Type dialog box.
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Connect to WorkPlace
6. Select the Connect to the network at my workplace radio button (Pictured Above).
7. Click Next to continue.
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Select the VPN Option
8. Select the Virtual Private Network connection radio button.
9. Click Next to continue.
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10. For Company Name, type: Your Description
11. Click Next to continue.
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12. If you have dial-up or a previous profile in Windows XP, select the Do not dial the initial connection radio button if your policy permits this.
13. Click Next to continue.
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Enter the Hostname or IP Address
14. For Hostname or IP address, type your domain name or IP address that you are connecting to.
15. Click Next to continue.
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Finishing the Install
16. In the Completing the New Connection Wizard dialog box, place a check next to Add a shortcut to this connection to my desktop if you desire.
17. Click Finish to continue and the Connection window should be displayed.
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Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 3 is one of the most stable operating systems out today. You should check your firewall settings if a connection fails. Security Suites can block outbound traffic. The administrator should check any rules to ensure data is allowed out on specific ports. The most common port for a Virtual Private Network is TCP port1723. Other ports such as ports 50 and 47 may be used if GRE and ESP are used. If ISAKMP is used, it may be necessary to open UDP port 500.
It is important to train users on how to use the VPN. Scripts can be added to map network drives to the server when using your VPN. This allows the user to have or share a folder on the server and ensures that whatever data is passed between the two is secure.
In the next part of this series, we will give a step by step tutorial on connecting MacIntosh to a VPN server.
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