Configure VPN connections 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 configure the security settings of a VPN connection.

Any user account can be used to complete this procedure.

  1. Open the Network Connections folder and view available connections.

  2. Right-click the VPN connection that you want to configure, and then click Properties.

  3. On the Security tab, perform one of the following options:

    • To select preconfigured combinations of identity authentication methods and data encryption requirements, click Typical (recommended settings), and then in Validate my identity as follows, click a method to use for validation.

      The following table shows which selections are available.

       

      Identity validation setting Description  

      Require secured password

      • Require data encryption (disconnect if none) is enabled by default

      • Automatically use my Windows logon name and password (and domain if any) is also available

       

      Use smart card

      • Require data encryption (disconnect if none) is enabled by default

      • Automatically use my Windows logon name and password (and domain if any) is not available

       
      If Require data encryption (disconnect if none) is not enabled, encryption is optional.

    • To individually enable, configure, and disable authentication methods and encryption requirements, click Advanced (custom settings), and then click Settings.

      To prevent encryption, in Data encryption, click No encryption allowed (server will disconnect if it requires encryption).

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