Mar 18 2007

Setting Up A VPN Connection On Vista

I needed to set up a VPN connection to my work today on Vista and was unsure of how to do it. If you are unfamiliar with the term VPN, it is a Virtual Private Network. A VPN is a private communications network often used by companies or organizations, to communicate confidentially over a public network. Your internet connection creates a tunnel into a specific network that is encrypted and secure. After researching, I have compiled a list of steps to follow.

1. Click on the Start button and then right click on network
2. Choose Properties
Network Properties

3. Click on Connect to a Workplace
Connect VPN

4. Type in the IP address to connect to and describe the location (note: IP address is just an example – random numbers)
Connect To

5. Type your username and password
6. The domain can be optional
7. Finally Click on Connect and wait until you are connected to the VPN

8. Congratulations, you are done!!

connection, network, tunnel, virtual private network, vista, VPN, windows, windows vista

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Timothy Haroutunian

Timothy Haroutunian is a ServiceNow Cloud Implementation Specialist at Acorio. ServiceNow is an IT Management solution that allows for a complete view of your IT and physical environment.

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  1. Vicky

    Great guide for setting up a VPN connection for Vista. I know how this can be particularly hard for new Vista users planning to use a VPN service.

    Nationwide VPN

  2. Warren


    I have an interesting problem! Recently purchased a Sony Vaio with Ms Vista Business edition on it. Added it to our windows 2000 server domain (still running in compatiabiliy mode for nt4) Prior to adding the vista machine to the domain I could create a VPN connection as you decribe above, and it worked ok. However after joining the domain the VPN created is gone… and When i go to the “choose a connection or network” tab I can create a new one but it fails to appear after being created???

    I thought this may have to do with the “network locations” (workplace / public /home) that vista has? or server isolation? but i am not sure. any help with this item would be appreciated.

  3. Vasken

    The first and most obvious thing to check is if the Remote Access Connection Manager is running in services.msc. If it’s not, or you somehow can’t start it, that may be the source (though not exactly the CAUSE) of the problem. If the service is in fact not startable, please let me know and I can continue to troubleshoot…

    1. Click the start button, right-click “computer,” and select “manage”

    2. Double-click “services and applications,” select “services,” and scroll down to the item “Remote Access Connection Manager.” The status of this service should read “Started” and startup type should read “Manual.”

  4. Vasken

    Oh, and one more thing I just remembered…are you checking the ‘Don’t connect now button’ and still not seeing the connection afterwards?

  5. john

    Wow, thats one of the best guides I have ever seen lol. Vista is very hard to use and there are so many problems still. I couldnt figure it out but my high speed internet provider helped me with my VOIP. They offer other broadband services that are cheap and reliable: http://t1linepricequote.com

  6. missoulagrrl

    Hi there,

    I have a question and am wondering if you have any ideas on how to fix this:

    I am working out of my house with DSL on a new Dell with Pentium processor and Vista. All was going well until I installed a VPN and started using Outlook with my employer’s Exchange server.

    After I am online for about 20 minutes, Outlook tells me that it has dropped the connection (although I am still connected to the VPN) and, at the same time, I can’t use my web browser to surf the Web, even though I’m still connected to the Internet. It comes up with an error screen; it can’t find Yahoo.

    The only way to get everything to work again is to reboot my computer. I’m at a point where I’m rebooting multiple times every day.

    Do you have any ideas as to what might be causing this — and how to fix it? I’m paralyzed!


  7. Michelle

    Hi, I am trying to connect to my work VPN and am having some issues. My office is strictly XP and my home notebook is Vista. The work tech guy gave me instructions on how to connect to the VPN based on XP. In those instructions it never mentions that we need a username or password. However, for Vista you have to have one. Is there any way to get around this?

  8. Timothy Haroutunian

    You would have to talk to the tech guy because the username and password could be different than your normal usename and password. That’s about all I can tell you. Sorry.

  9. James

    Here’s one for you. I am trying to set up a VPN connection on an HP Pavilion running Vista. I can make the connection, however it will not let me connect to anything because I have no modem installed. The system ignores any and all attempts to route this connection through the existing ADSL connection. Any thoughts?

  10. James Edwards

    Thank you very much for this guide. I tried it and it worked perfect on http://www.vpnmaster.com

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