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Setup a VPN on Windows Server 2012

Last Updated: Sat, Jun 13, 2015
Networking Windows Guides
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Setting up a VPN on Windows Server is relatively easy. With a VPN, you can communicate with other computers connected to the VPN. You can also connect to the internet through the VPN server.

Installing the server

Step 1: Open the network connections panel

First off, we need to go to Control Panel\Network and Internet\Network Connections. You can go here by going to Control Panel -> Network and Internet -> Network and Sharing Center -> Change adapter settings (in the sidebar). You can also reach this panel by using the run command with ncpa.cpl.

Step 2: Setting up the VPN connection

In order to set up the VPN, click File -> New Incoming Connection.... If you do not the see "File" menu, press Alt and it will show up. You will now be able to select which users will be able to use your VPN. Select them, and click "Next".

When you're asked how people can connect, select "Through the Internet". Click "Next".

Select the networking software that users can use to connect to your server. Usually, you want to leave this default. Click "Allow access".

Your VPN setup is complete. Follow the examples below to learn how to connect.

Using the VPN

Mac OS X

Using a VPN on Mac OS X is very easy.

Go to System Preferences -> Network. Click on the + icon and choose "VPN" as the interface. The name can be anything you want, for example "VPN". The VPN type is "PPTP". Click "Create". You will now see some settings; the server address and username. Input these accordingly.

Now click on "Authentication Settings". Choose "Password" and enter the password. Click "OK", then click "Connect".

Your computer will now connect to your VPN server. Internet traffic will be sent over the VPN server.

Windows 8

In Windows 8, setting up a VPN is pretty easy as well. The first thing you are going to do is go to the "Start menu" and type "VPN". You should see "Set up a virtual private network (VPN) connection". Click on that.

The internet address is your server IP. The destination name can be anything you would like, such as "VPN". Click "Next". Windows will now ask for your credentials; enter a username and password. Click "Connect".

Windows will now connect to your VPN server and start sending traffic over it.

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