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Home VPN Server in Windows 7

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How to Set Up a VPN server using Windows 7 – moderate user level

Step by step picture tutorial on how to set up a Home VPN Server using Windows 7.


First select Network and Internet from your Control Panel

Next select Network and Sharing Center



Next on the left side of the screen select Change Adapter Settings.

Now click File, then “New Incoming Connections”




Now you may select which users you want to have access to the VPN. By default it will be the user setting up the VPN. Click Next

You will then see “Incoming Connections” appear under your connections screen.

Now that this is set up in your Network settings you need to configure your router settings. Follow the next picture by opening any web browser and inputting the address of your server into the URL. (Indicated by the black arrow). Once this is done you shall see a pop-up asking for some credentials. Enter your credentials and then click OK.

Below is just a sample of a NetGear router Login. Yours may look different depending on the brand of router. The important thing to remember is that you need to find and go to the “Port-Forwarding” options in the router. Once there you may then add the “PPTP” Service. You may then pick a port to Start and End at, and then enter your Server’s address.

Now that you have successfully set up the VPN server you may now switch to a different Client computer to connect to the VPN Server. On the Client computer go back to Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center, once there click on “Set up a New connection or Network” (as shown in the screen-shot below).

Now you may enter the local address you would like to connect to (the server address).

Then Click Next.

It may take a few moments to connect, but once successfully connected you shall see the screen below stating you are connected. Once this is complete open a “RUN” window and type two forward slashes and your server name. In the screen-shot below you shall see an example of the one I have just created.       

Lastly you will have navigated to the server. You will then see a shared folder with “Users” inside this folder is everything that you would like to share on you server.





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More about David Perreault:
David Perreault David's interest in computers is mainly in the security field, and he has network+ and A++ Certifications. He is a Senior and will be graduating next year with a Bachelors in Telecommunications Information Management, with Minors in Management, Computer Science, Graphical Design and International Studies. David is currently the IT Support Director for the History Department at WMU. He plays with computers at work, at class and at home. David is striving to be a network security analyst while working his way into Ethical Hacking.

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