Windows ME VPN Configuration

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Table of Contents:


Installing Dial-Up Networking

  1. Before setting up a VPN connection over PPTP, the necessary software must be installed. Click on your Start button, then go up the menu to Settings, and from there to Control Panel. Choose the Add/Remove Programs icon.

    Add/Remove Programs

  2. Double-clicking on the Add/Remove Programs will open a window with a title like the one shown. Click on the Windows Setup tab to display the pictured information.

    Access Communications

  3. Double-clicking on the Communications item will display a number of optional communications packages. Scroll down until you get to the bottom-most one, Virtual Private Networking. If there is not a check mark in the square next to it, click once in the empty square to check it. Otherwise, if there is a check mark next to it, that means the software is already installed.

    Select communications options

  4. Click on the "OK" button to close this window; then "OK" again to close the previous window. At this point, Windows will probably ask you for the Windows ME CD. Follow the instructions, which will install the added software you just selected. Be sure to reboot after installing the new software.

  5. To make sure your installation was successful, double-click the Network icon on your control panel. (If the panel is not open already, go to Start->Settings->Control Panel->Network.) You should see Dial-up Adapter (VPN Support) and a Microsoft Virtual Private Networking Adapter.

    Confirm installation

Configuring PPTP Connection

  1. Go to My Computer and double-click Dial-Up Networking. You will see the screen shot below. Double-click Make New Connection. (Note, if you do not see a Dial-Up Networking icon here, then Dial-Up Networking is not installed. Refer to the instructions for installing Dial-Up Networking.)

    Make new connection

  2. Type anything you want for the name of the connection. For the device, select Microsoft VPN Adapter as shown on the left. (Note: if you do not see Microsoft VPN Adapter in the list, then the correct version of Dial-Up Networking is not installed. Refer to Installing Dial-Up Networking.)

    Specify connection name and device

  3. Fill in the name or IP address of the VPN or PPTP server you are connecting to. You will find this on your VPN Information Sheet. Click Next.

    Specify vpn server

  4. Click Finish.

    Click finish

  5. Now you should see the connection you just made in the Dial-Up Networking Folder. Right-click the Connection and select Properties.

    Modify connection properties

  6. Select the Networking tab and check Enable software compression and TCP/IP. Now click the TCP/IP Settings button.

    Modify network settings

  7. Check Server assigned IP address and Server assigned name server addresses. Click OK

    Modify tcp/ip settings

  8. Fill out the Authentication (User name, Password, Domain) area with the information that was provided on your Account Sheet. Also, place a check in Log on to network, Require encrypted password and Require data encryption. Click OK.

    Modify security settings


You must be connected to the Internet before trying to establish your PPTP VPN Connection. If you are not, the VPN connection will not work.

  1. Double-click the connection you just made above.

    Initiate vpn connection

  2. Enter your Username and Password - this should be your VPN username and password, which you should get from your VPN Information Sheet. The VPN Server should be filled in from when you setup the connection - verify that it's correct. Place a check in the Save password box if you wish save the password. Click Connect.

    Provide username and password

  3. You may be presented with the Enter Network Password screen when you establish the VPN connection. This is for logging on to an NT server on your remote office network, after logging on to your VPN server. Fill in your User name, Password, and Domain for the network you are connecting too. These should be the same as you use when you're in the office. If you don't know what to fill in, refer to your system administrator.

    Enter network username and password

  4. After you successfully connect, you will see the Connection Established screen. Click Close. Now you should be able to browse the network as if you were at the office. If you use mapped or shared drives, you may need to map them again.

    Click close

VPN for Windows ME should now be successfully setup on your computer to securely access a remote network.

The instructions and screen shots contained within this website are specific to services offered by Real Time Enterprises only.

If you have any problems connecting to Real Time after carefully following these directions, please call (952) 943-8700 and we will be happy to help you.


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