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Configure VPN connections in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

Updated: October 14, 2010

Applies To: 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. The VPN Properties dialog box opens.

  3. In the VPN Properties dialog box, click the Security tab.

  4. On the Security tab, in Data encryption, expand the list and select the data encryption strength that is supported by the remote VPN server computer.

    If the VPN server to which you’re connecting supports strong encryption, it is recommended that you select either Require encryption or Maximum strength encryption.

  5. On the Security tab, in Authentication, in Use Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP), expand the list and select the authentication method that is supported by the remote VPN server, if your organization uses EAP. For more information, see Secure Network Connections.

  6. On the Security tab, in Authentication, in Allow these protocols, select additional authentication protocols if they are supported by the VPN server.

    For security reasons, it is not recommended that you use Unencrypted password (PAP) or Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol (CHAP).

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