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Creating a Virtual Private Network (VPN) Connection in Windows 7

How do I create a VPN connection in Windows 7?
  • Important: To be eligible to use the VPN service, you must be subscribed to the Virginia Tech Wireless Network service.
  • Important: To configure the connection, you must log on to your computer with an account that holds administrator privileges. Once you have configured the connection, you do not need to have administrator privileges to connect to the Virginia Tech VPN service.
  • The PPTP VPN service supports 128-bit encryption using the steps given below.
  • For more information about Virginia Tech's VPN service, see the Virtual Private Network page.

To configure a VPN connection:

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Select Control Panel.
  3. Click the Network and Internet link.
  4. Click the Network and Sharing Center link.
  5. Click the Set up a new connection or network link.
  6. Select Connect to a workplace.
  7. Click Next.
  8. If prompted to use a connection you previously created:
    1. Select the No, create a new connection radio button.
    2. Click Next.
  9. Select Use my Internet connection (VPN).
  10. In the Internet address: text box, type:
  11. In the Destination name: text box, type: Virginia Tech VPN
  12. Place a check in the Don't connect now; just set it up so I can connect later check box.
  13. Click Next.
  14. In the User name: text box, type your PID.
  15. Verify that the Domain (optional): text box is blank.
  16. Click the Create button.
  17. Click the Close button.
  18. In the bottom-right corner of the screen, in the system tray, click the network icon.
  19. Right-click Virginia Tech VPN.
  20. From the drop-down list, select Properties.
  21. Select the Security tab.
  22. From the Type of VPN: drop-down list, select Point to Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP).
  23. From the Data encryption: drop-down list, select Optional encryption (connect even if no encryption).
  24. Place a check in the Microsoft CHAP Version 2 (MS-CHAP v2) check box.
  25. Click OK.
  26. In the bottom-right corner of the screen, in the system tray, click the network icon.
  27. Select Virginia Tech VPN.
  28. Click the Connect button.
  29. In the Password: text box, type your network password. If you have forgotten your network password, follow the instructions at Creating or Changing Your Network Password.
  30. Click the Connect button.


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