Connection Manager Technical Reference

Updated: March 28, 2003

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Connection Manager Technical Reference

Connection Manager is a suite of components that provides administrators with the ability to create and distribute customized remote access connections, called service profiles, and to create, distribute, and automatically update customized phone books. Connection Manager service profiles appear as network connections on client computers, and profiles can be used to connect to remote networks through servers that are running Routing and Remote Access, Internet Authentication Service (IAS), or remote access and virtual private networking technologies from companies other than Microsoft.

Administrators can manually customize and distribute remote access connections to a network, allow users to manually create remote access connections, or both. However, these methods are not easy to document or maintain, and user interfaces and connection properties vary widely. In addition, access requirements are more difficult, if not impossible, to enforce. With the Connection Manager suite, administrators can create and maintain one or more remote access connections customized specifically for access to their networks. Administrators can provide their users with a branded, customized connection experience that is the same on all supported operating systems and for which the administrator has already configured all of the connection properties. By customizing remote access connections and controlling how users remotely connect to a network, administrators who use the Connection Manager suite can simplify their remote access solutions, reduce the organizational resources dedicated to assisting remote users, and decrease the risk that remote connections pose to the network.

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