Configuring new VPN L2TP/IPSec connections on Windows XP

Windows XP includes a native client that lets you manage your VPN L2TP/IPSec connections.

1- Configuring a new VPN L2TP/IPSec connection with the Windows XP native client

Steps:

Start by opening the Control Panel.

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Open the "Network and Internet Connections" category.

 

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Select "Create a connection to the network at your workplace".

 

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Select "Virtual Private Network connection".

 

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Give a meaningful name to your new VPN connection.

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During this step, you will have to specify your Cisco ASA firewall’s IP address.

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In the New Connection Wizard, please make sure the check the box if you wish to create a shortcut.

 

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To finish configuring your connection, re-open the Network and Internet Connections page, and select "Network Connections".

 

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Select your connection, right-click, and select the “Properties” menu item.

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In the “Security” tab, select the following options.

Click on the "IPSec Settings" button, and place a checkmark in the "Pre-shared key" option.

You will need the shared key ("Pre-shared key") that was given to your by your firewall/VPN administrator.

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On the "Networking" tab, select the following options:

- VPN Type : L2TP/IPSec

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2 Connect to the VPN

-    Click on "Connect to a network", select your connection and click on "Connect".

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-    Enter the username and password that were given to you by your firewall/VPN administrator and click “Connect”.

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-    The VPN connection should be established.

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You can test your VPN connection by attempting to ping.

 

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3- Disconnect from the VPN

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- If you experience problems with your VPN connection

a- Make sure your computer is connected to the internet.

b- Make sure that you followed the connection instructions (described above), double-check as required.

c- Make sure that the connection credentials you are using are valid and are those that your firewall/VPN administrator gave you (firewall IP address, username, password, shared key) If the problem persists, contact your firewall/VPN administrator.

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