Windows Built-In VPN client (PPTP)

Windows has a built-in VPN client. Surprised? Many people are.

It’s not a heavily advertised feature, but it covers many people’s needs. Before exploring other client solutions, it’s worth pulling up the quick launch box in the Windows start menu and typing “VPN” to start the configuration process. In Windows versions prior to Windows Vista, the built-in VPN client received a fair amount of criticism for lacking features and supported protocols. Since Vista and especially in the Windows 7 implementation, it’s grown significantly and unless you need a feature or standard that isn’t implemented you may not need to install anything at all.

 

Set up a remote connection to your workplace using VPN

 From another location, you can connect to a workplace network or another network by using a virtual private network (VPN) connection. Ask your network administrator for the name of the VPN server before you open the wizard.

  • Open the Connect to a Workplace wizard by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type network, click Network and Sharing Center, click Set up a connection or network, and then click Connect to a workplace.