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How to setup SSTP VPN on Windows Vista?

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

The SSTP protocol is used to route VPN traffic through secure channels. The biggest advantage of using the protocol is that it cannot be blocked like the PPTP (or L2TP) protocol plus it offers almost the same level of security as the OpenVPN protocol. On the downside, the protocol is not yet available for non-Windows based systems. In this article, you will learn how to configure SSTP VPN on Windows Vista OS.

How To Manually Setup SSTP VPN on Windows Vista

Before proceeding with the setup process, you must ensure that your copy of Vista is up-to-date with the latest Windows updates. In order to check if any OS updates are available, you just need to click on the “Windows Update” button available in the Start Menu. If updates are available, Windows will automatically download and install them and prompt you to restart the machine. Once this process is done, follow the steps given below to configure the VPN on your machine:

Step 1: Click on the “Start” button and then on “Control Panel” option. From the Control Panel window, click on “Network and Internet” option to view the networking and connection options available to you. [Refer to images imageshack.us/a/img38/5340/rwn4.jpg and imageshack.us/a/img13/8137/bppw.jpg]

Step 2: In the next screen, click on “Network and Sharing Center” and then on “Set up a connection or network” to start the setup process. [Refer to image imageshack.us/a/img545/7809/8mvz.jpg]

Step 3: In the Connection Option window, choose the option “Connect to a workplace” and then click the Next button. [Refer to image imageshack.us/a/img822/6426/go4a.jpg].

Step 4: Next, you need to specify how the VPN would connect to the internet. Choose the option “Use my Internet Connection” to use your existing internet connection. [Refer to image imageshack.us/a/img62/973/2dym.jpg]

Step 5: In the next screen, you need to input the VPN connection details supplied by your VPN provider. First, type the server address (or URL) in the “Internet Address” input box. Check the welcome email or Customer Dashboard area if you are not sure of this value. Since most VPN service providers have servers in multiple countries (and cities), you must use the correct server address that you wish to use as your VPN server.

Next, choose an easy to remember name for the VPN connection and type it in the “Destination Name” box. If you are planning to create multiple connections for different locations then it makes sense to append the connection name with the country (or city) where the server is located. Click on the “Allow Other People” and “Don’t Connect Now” options and then on the Next button. [Refer to image oi62.tinypic.com/2lse3ck.jpg]

Step 6: Next, you must type the login credentials applicable for the VPN connection. You may also click on the option “Remember this password” if you want the system to remember your password. Finally, click on the Create button to finalize the settings and create the connection. [Refer to image imageshack.us/a/img153/7953/svvy.jpg]

Step 7: Click on the “Close” button in the next window that says “The connection is ready to use” as we still need to tweak certain parameters. [Refer to image imageshack.us/a/img835/2666/kfxg.jpg]

Step 8: Click on the Start, Connect To and then right click on the VPN connection that you just created. Select the Properties option to modify VPN settings. [Refer to images imageshack.us/a/img259/8905/g93o.jpg and imageshack.us/a/img266/5572/h00a.jpg]

Step 9: In the Networking tab, select “Secure Socket Tunneling (SSTP)” under the “Type Of VPN” option. You may also disable the IPV6 option if your VPN provider does not offer IPv6 connectivity. In addition, you need to disable the File and Printer sharing option. Click on OK button to finalize the settings. [Refer to image oi61.tinypic.com/fdsg0p.jpg]

Step 10: To test the service, click on “Connect To” option in the Start Menu, click on the VPN name and then on the Connect option. When you are prompted to choose a location for your connection, choose the “Public location” option. If the connection is successfully established, you will see the message “You are connected”. To disconnect from the service, simply click on “Connect To” option again, then on VPN Connection name and finally on the Disconnect button. [Refer to images imageshack.us/a/img259/8905/g93o.jpg, imageshack.us/a/img191/644/kqq9.jpg, imageshack.us/a/img825/4727/ggfo.jpg]

May 22, 2014

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