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Set Up and Edit VPN Connections in Windows 8


Updated: August 30, 2012

Applies To: Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012

The virtual private network (VPN) in Windows 8 has been optimized to use with touch devices. Creating a VPN connection and connecting to corporate networks is faster and easier. The VPN connection icon appears in View Available Networks with other network connections. Creating a VPN profile requires only the server information. The Windows operating system automatically discovers authentication methods and tunnels when it connects, which provides a seamless experience for creating a VPN.

The following sections describe how to use Windows 8 to set up and edit VPN connections:

In Windows 8, you can use the Get Connected Wizard to create a VPN profile. To launch the wizard, type vpn in Settings, and then click Set up a virtual private network (VPN) connection.

Launch GCW

Figure 1: Launch the Get Connected Wizard

In the wizard, you will provide the Internet address of the Remote Access VPN server to which you will connect, and a name for the new connection. You can use an IP address or the fully qualified domain name of the Remote Access server.

To find your server settings, on a computer running Windows 8 with a VPN already configured, view the connection properties as shown in Figure 8. The destination name is the text that will be used for the VPN connection name (profile name), as shown in Figure 2.

You can click Remember Credentials to save your credentials on the first successful connection attempt. This creates a new REF _Ref324847461 \h Discovery Profile, which the client can use to connect to the VPN.

Figure 2 shows the only information that is needed to create a VPN profile. During the first successful connection attempt, authentication and tunneling protocols are negotiated and configured for user name and password-based VPN deployments. After these protocols are negotiated, you can edit the settings in Connection Properties.

Get Connected Wizard

Figure 2: Get Connected Wizard Screen 1

To connect with an existing VPN connection

  1. Open Charms by moving the cursor to the top or bottom right corner of your computer screen. It can also be accessed by using the Win+C keyboard shortcut.

    Get Connected Wizard

    Figure 3: Charms Bar

  2. Click Settings, and then click the network icon that is displayed in the right corner of the screen, as shown in Figure 4.

    Get Connected Wizard

    Figure 4: Network icon location

  3. In Networks, click the VPN connection that you want to use, and then click Connect.

    Get Connected Wizard

    Figure 5: Connect to VPN

When you click Connect, a new connection is negotiated with the server by using the saved credentials. If you did not previously select Remember Credentials while creating the connection, you will be asked to provide credentials.


When you select Remember my credentials when you create your connection, you won’t be asked for the credentials in further connection attempts. To clear the cached credentials, right-click the connection, and then select Clear Cached Credentials, as shown in the following figure.

Get Connected Wizard

Figure 6: Specify VPN connection credentials

Get Connected Wizard

Figure 7: Clear cached credentials

To edit a connection that you have already configured, right-click the connection, and then select Connection Properties.

To access Connection Properties, in the Networks, click View Connection Properties.

Get Connected Wizard
Get Connected Wizard

Figure 8: Connection Properties

Connection Properties has four tabs as shown in Figure 8. Click each tab to perform the following tasks:

  • General

    Change the VPN server host name or IP address. Additionally, configure an interface to public network.

  • Options

    Configure point-to-point protocol (PPP) settings and enable or disable caching of credentials.

  • Security

    Configure tunnels, authentication, and encryption settings.

  • Networking

    Configure transports (or protocols). The most common protocols are TCP/IPv4 and TCP/IPv6.

On the Start screen, click Search in Charms, type vpn, and then click View Network Connections under Settings.

Get Connected Wizard

Figure 9: View Network Connections

Right-click a VPN connection, and then click Delete, as shown in Figure 10.

Get Connected Wizard

Figure 10: Deleting a connection

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