Create a dial-up or ISDN connection in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008

Updated: October 14, 2010

Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 7

You can use this procedure to create a dial-up networking connection that uses your modem or Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) adapter.

Any user account can be used to complete this procedure. Review the details in "Additional considerations" in this topic.

  1. Start Network and Sharing Center.

  2. In the Tasks pane, click Set up a connection or a network.

  3. Click Set up a dial-up connection, and click Next.

  4. If you have more than one modem installed, click the modem you want to use for this connection. If you want to use multiple device dialing, select one modem for now, and after completing this procedure, see Enable multiple device dialing.

  5. In the Dial-up phone number text box, type the phone number for your Internet service provider (ISP).

  6. To configure the rules Windows uses to determine how to dial the number, click Dialing Rules. For more information, see Change How Windows Dials Phone Numbers.

  7. In the User name and Password text boxes, enter the user name and password provided by your ISP. You can click Show characters to ensure that you type the password correctly.

  8. If you want Windows to save these credentials for each time you start this connection, select the Remember this password check box.

  9. Type a connection name.

    The connection name will appear in the Network and Sharing Center when this connection is active, and in the Network Connections folder.

  10. If your computer is shared by two or more people who have their own user accounts on your computer, you can allow them to use the connection by checking the Allow other people to use this connection check box. If the User Account Control dialog box appears, confirm that the action it displays is what you want, and then click Continue.

  11. When you have finished entering all of the information, click Connect.

  12. Windows attempts to connect and test your connection. If you do not want to connect now, click Skip.

  13. If the connection test is not completed or fails, you can diagnose the problem. If you want to skip the test, click Set up the connection anyway.

  14. Click Close.

  15. The connection appears in the Network Connections folder.

  • To make the connection available to all users, you must be logged on as a member of the Administrators group or the Network Configuration Operators group.

  • In addition to configuring the dialing rules for your location, you might also have to configure modem properties to correctly reach the dial tone for your location.

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