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How to setup SSTP VPN on Windows 7?

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

The SSTP protocol was launched by Microsoft to route PPTP and L2TP based VPN traffic through a secure connection. Since the protocol relies on SSL to tunnel its traffic, SSTP traffic cannot be blocked merely by blocking certain ports. The protocol is also considered as one of the most secure protocols currently available since it offers up to 256 encryption (with up to 2048 bit keys). In this informative article, you will discover how to configure SSTP VPN on a Windows 7 system.

How To Manually Setup SSTP VPN On Windows 7

Before going ahead with the setup process, it is a good idea to check whether any update to Windows 7 is available. Click on the Start -> “Windows Update” to check and download the latest operating system updates. Once the updates are installed, you must restart your system. Then follow the steps below to setup the VPN on your machine:

Step 1: Click on the Start menu and then on “Control Panel”. Once the Control Panel window is open, click on “View Network Status and Task” option available within the “Network and Internet” section. [Refer to images imageshack.us/a/img855/3290/0c2l.jpg and imageshack.us/a/img571/7637/oxd1.jpg]

Step 2: In the next window, you need to click on “Set up a connection or network” option. [Refer to image imageshack.us/a/img35/1654/7gvo.jpg]

Step 3: When asked for the connection option, choose the option “Connect to a workplace” and then click on the Next button. [Refer to image imageshack.us/a/img837/5743/xhh7.jpg]

Step 4: Next, you need to specify how the new VPN connection should connect to the internet. Select the “Use my Internet Connection” option in order to use your existing internet connection for the VPN. [Refer to image imageshack.us/a/img208/3700/gkhb.jpg]

Step 5: In the next screen, you must specify the VPN server details. Type the server URL (or its IP address) in the “Internet Address” input box. This value is usually available within the welcome email or the Customer Dashboard area of your VPN provider’s site. If your provider has gateways at multiple locations, you must ensure that you use the correct server URL in order to connect to a server from a specific country (or city).

Choose an easy to remember value for the VPN connection name. You may also append the server location to the connection name if you are planning to create multiple connections for connecting to different servers. Tick the checkboxes next to “Allow other people” and “Don’t connect now” and then click on the Next button [Refer to image oi61.tinypic.com/vfgqh1.jpg]

Step 6: Next, you need to input the login and password values supplied by your VPN provider. Type the values in the appropriate boxes and click on “Remember the password” option if you want the system to remember your login credentials. Click on “Create” button to apply the settings and create the connection. [Refer to image imageshack.us/a/img7/9576/ubge.jpg]

Step 7: Click on the Close button when you see the message “The connection is ready to use”. [Refer to image imageshack.us/a/img405/9010/hmf2.jpg]

Step 8: Even though the VPN connection is created, we still need to modify it to use the SSTP protocol. Click on Start, Control Panel, “Network and Internet” and then on the “Network Connections” option to see the list of existing connections and networks. Next, right click on the newly created VPN connection and then select the Properties option to modify its settings. [Refer to image imageshack.us/a/img268/3103/wbwi.jpg]

Step 9: In the Security tab, select “Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol (SSTP)” from the “Type of VPN” dropdown box. [Refer to image oi58.tinypic.com/sdnx1z.jpg]

Step 10: In the Networking tab, deselect “Internet Protocol Version 6” (in case your VPN service provider doesn’t support IPv6) and “File and Printer Sharing” options. Click on OK to apply and finalize the changes. [Refer to image imageshack.us/a/img11/874/lbfp.jpg]

Step 11: Once the connection is created, you can test the service by clicking on Start, Control Panel, “Network and Internet”, “Network Connections” and then on the VPN connection name. In the connection window, you may click on “Save this username and password” before clicking on the Connect button. When prompted for a location, choose the “Public Network” option. Once the connection is successful, you will see the message “You are connected”. To disconnect, click on Start, Control Panel, “Network and Internet”, “Network Connections” options again and then on the Disconnect option available next to the VPN connection name. [Refer to images imageshack.us/a/img405/6332/k4gv.jpg, imageshack.us/a/img534/1986/o12f.jpg, imageshack.us/a/img203/43/wu3f.jpg, imageshack.us/a/img835/7889/a7lz.jpg and imageshack.us/a/img405/6332/k4gv.jpg]

May 25, 2014

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