How to create a WindowsXP VPN Connection to a Server

WindowsXP VPN Client

The following page details the steps necessary to create a WindowsXP VPN Connection to a Server
1. Go to Start / Settings / Network Connections
2. Start the New Connection Wizard
3. Select Connect to the network at my workplace
4. Click on the Next button.
5. Click on Virtual Private Network connection
6. Click on the Next button
7. Give the Connection a Name
8. Click on the Next button
9. If prompted, select whether or not you need to dial to the Internet before establishing a VPN connection.
10. Enter in the IP address of the server you want to connect to. This needs to be the external WAN IP address that is being used by the VPN Server. Not the LAN IP address of the VPN server.
11. Check whether you want to have an icon placed on the desktop and click on the Finish button.

VPN and Browsing

1. Browsing the remote network can be difficult if not impossible over a VPN connection. There are too many variables that can hinder this.
2. To make browsing work a little easier, you might want to edit the HOSTS and LMHOSTS files on the VPN Client.These are in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc directory for XP.
3. Just add a line with the LAN IP address of the VPN server followed by it’s name.e.g  SERVER
4. You can also add in the LAN IP address and Name of any other computers on the remote network that you may want to connect to
5. Also, make sure the workgroup name is the same on all computers.

The default Client TCP/IP setting might interfere with your ability to access the Internet while having a VPN connection. To correct this:

1. Go to the properties for your VPN connection
2. Click on the Networking tab
3. Double click on TCP/IP
4. Click on the Advanced button
5. Uncheck “Use default gateway on remote computer”