How To Setup PPTP VPN

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This page provides setup instructions for a PPTP VPN connection on either Windows XP, Vista, 7 or Mac OSX

On Windows XP:

  1. Open the Windows Control Panel.
  2. Open the Network Connections item in Control Panel. A list of existing dial-up and LAN connections will appear.
  3. Choose the ‘Create a new connection’ item from the left-hand side of the window. The Windows XP New Connection Wizard will appear on the screen.
  4. First click Next to begin the wizard, then choose the ‘Connect to the network at my workplace’ item from the list and click Next.
  5. On the Network Connection page of the wizard, choose the ‘Virtual Private Network connection’ option and click Next.
  6. Enter a name for the new VPN connection in the ‘Company Name’ field and click Next. The name chosen need not match the name of an actual business.
  7. Choose an option on the ‘Public Network’ screen and click Next. The default option, ‘Automatically dial this initial connection’ can be used if the VPN connection will always be initiated when the computer is not already connected to the Internet. Otherwise, choose the ‘Do not dial the initial connection’ option. This option requires that the public Internet connection be established first, before this new VPN connection will be initiated.
  8. Enter the name or IP address of the VPN remote access server to connect to, and click Next. Company network administrators will provide this information.
  9. Choose an option on the “Connection Availability” screen and click Next. The default option, ‘My Use Only,’ ensures that Windows will make this new connection available only to the currently logged on user. Otherwise, choose the ‘Anyone’s use’ option.
  10. Click Finish to complete the wizard. The new VPN connection information has been saved.


On Windows Vista:

  1. Logon the Vista PC as a user with Administrator privileges. The Vista VPN Server is configured by navigating to Start | Control Panel | Network and Internet | Network and Sharing Center and selecting Manage network connections.
  2. Select File | New Incoming Connection from the drop down menu. If the Menu bar is not visible press the <Alt> key on the keyboard to toggle it on.
  3. Select user’s that will be allowed to login to the PPTP VPN server through the VPN connection. Click Next. Click on Add someone… to add a special user account.
  4. Select the Through the Internet check box then click on Next.
  5. Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and then click on Properties.
  6. If remote VPN users will be allowed to access the home local area network check the Allow callers to access my local area network checkbox. Configure the IP address assignment window using IP addresses in the same subnet as the VPN server PC and LAN.  The From: address is the address assigned to the VPN gateway and the To: address is assigned to the incoming VPN client. Click OK when finished. Note that by design Vista will only accept one incoming VPN connection at a time.
  7. Click on Close.
  8. When finished the Network Connections window will indicate the new Incoming Connections icon.


On Windows 7:

  1. First, Open Network and Sharing Center from Control Panel. Then choose Set up a new connection or network.
  2. In the next window, choose  Connect to a workplace.
  3. In the next window, choose Use my Internet Connection (VPN).
  4. Type in the name or the IP address of a VPN server.
  5. Then enter a unique name for the VPN connection in the destination name box (you can name it as you want).  Then click Next.
  6. In the next window, enter your user name and password for the VPN access. And click Create.
  7. Click the “Close” button to return to the “Network and Internet” screen.
  8. In the Connect to a network screen, you should see the new VPN connection that you have just set up.
  9. Right–click on the VPN connection document, and choose Properties from the menu.
  10. In the properties tab select “Security”
  11. Click on the Type of VPN, “Point to Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP)”
  12. Click on the Data encryption – “Optional encryption (connect even if no encryption)
  13. select Allow these protocols and tick as shown in the following picture
  14. Next select tab “Networking”: put the ticks in TCPIPv4 and Client for Microsoft Networks, and click OK.
  15. The connection is now ready to use.  In order to connect/disconnect to new VPN connection right click on the connection icon (viewable at Change adapter settings) and select connect/disconnect.


On Mac OSX:

  1. First, open the ‘Applications’ folder by going to the Finder and choosing “New Finder Window” from the “File” menu. Click on the ”Applications” icon, then scroll down until you see the “Internet Connect” icon.
  2. Double–click on the “Internet Connect” icon.
  3. Next, go to the ‘File’ menu and select “New VPN Connection Window.”
  4. On the following screen. Click ‘PPTP,’ then click ‘Continue.’
  5. In the configuration screen, click on the ‘Other’ and select ’Edit Configurations…’
  6. On the following screen you will create new VPN configurations.
  7. Enter the name for the VPN configuration as the Description.
  8. Enter the VPN server address as the ‘Server Address.  This is the DNS or IP of the VPN server.
  9. Enter your VPN username.  This is your username from the VPN provider.
  10. Enter your VPN password.  This is your password from the VPN provider
  11. Enable VPN on demand’ can be unchecked, and ’Encryption’ should be set to ’Automatic’
  12. Then click the ’OK’ button.  Your configuration is saved, and you’re ready to connect!
  13. When you want to connect to the VPN server, double–click on “Internet Connect,” click on “VPN (PPTP)”, then click the ‘Connect’ button.