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How To Setup L2TP VPN On Windows Vista

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

The L2TP protocol is often used to implement virtual private networks. There are several advantages of using L2TP protocol; it provides better security than PPTP protocol plus it offers compatibility with a lot of computing and mobile devices. Most popular operating systems contain a built-in client for L2TP protocol. In the article below, you will learn how to setup L2TP/IPSec VPN on a WIndows Vista machine.

How To Manually Configure L2TP/IPsec VPN on Windows Vista

Before you configure the VPN on your machine, you must ensure that your system contains the latest updates from Microsoft. In order to install latest updates for Windows, click on Windows Update option available in the Start menu. Once the latest updates are installed, restart your computer and follow the steps given below to setup the VPN:

Step 1:  Open the Control Panel window by clicking on Start button and then on Control Panel option. Next click on “Network and Internet” to view the available networking and connection options. [Refer to images Screenshot 1 and Screenshot 1a]

Step 2:  In the “Network and Internet” window, click on the “Network and Sharing Center” option. Next click on “Set up a connection or network” option to start the VPN configuration process. [Refer to image Screenshot 2].

Step 3:  Choose “Connect to a workplace” option in the next screen and then click on the Next button [Refer to image Screenshot 3].

Step 4:  In the next screen, you need to specify the internet connection that the VPN service should use in order to connect to the internet. Click on “Use my Internet Connection” option in this screen [Refer to image Screenshot 4].

Step 5:  The next window allows you to input the VPN server details. Type the URL (or IP address) of the VPN server in the Internet Address text box. If your VPN provider has servers at multiple locations, make sure that you input the correct server details in order to connect to the server from desired country and city. If you are not sure about the exact server address, check the welcome email or the server status section available at the VPN provider’s site.

Think of an easy to remember VPN connection name and enter it in the Destination Name text box. Click on the checkbox next to “Allow other people to use this connection” if required and then click on the Next button. [Refer to image Screenshot 5]

Step 6:  In the next screen, you need to enter the Username and Password values in the appropriate boxes (Refer to welcome email for your login details). Select the “Remember this password” checkbox if required and click on the Create button to create the connection. [Refer to image Screenshot 6]

Step 7: vOnce the connection is created, you will see the message “The connection is ready to use”. Click on Close button for now as we still need to specify L2TP/IPSec settings. [Refer to image Screenshot 7]

Step 8:  To configure L2TP options, click on Start, Connect To, right click on the name of the VPN connection and then select Properties. [Refer to images Screenshot 8 and Screenshot 8a]

Step 9:  In the options tab, uncheck the checkbox next to “Include Windows logon domain”. [Refer to image Screenshot 9]

Step 10:  In the Networking tab, select L2TP IPSec VPN under “Type of VPN”. Deselect the checkbox next to Internet Protocol Version 6 if your VPN provider does not support IPv6 protocol. Click on IPSec Settings button and click on the radio button next to “Use preshared key for authentication” option. Enter the pre-shared key value provided by your VPN service provider in the Key textbox. Click on OK button twice in succession to finalize the L2TP settings.[Refer to images Screenshot 10 and Screenshot 10a]

Step 11:  To connect to the service, click on “Connect To” option available from the Start Menu. Click on the VPN connection name and then on the Connect button. Choose “Public location” in the location options screen. Once the connection is successful, you will see the message “You are connected”. To stop the service, click on “Connect To” option from the Start menu, click on the VPN connection name and then click on the Disconnect button. [Refer to images Screenshot 11, Screenshot 11a, Screenshot 11b,]

July 11, 2013

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