How to Configure Windows 8 VPN

Microsoft’s latest Windows 8 system is totally redesigning the User Interface for touch screen computers and devices, so the steps to create and connect VPN is different from Windows XP or Windows 7 – the steps are way faster and easier.  in Windows 8 the VPN connection icon appears in View Available Networks along with other network connections. Also creating a VPN profile requires very minimum VPN server information, Windows 8 automatically discovers authentication methods and tunnels while connecting, making the VPN connection experience seamless and super easy.

Here are typical steps how to set up VPN connections under Windows 8:

Creating a new Windows 8 VPN connection

In Windows 8 you can use the Get Connected Wizard to create a VPN profile. To launch the wizard, type vpn in Settings, and then click Set up a virtual private network (VPN) connection.

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In the wizard, you will provide the internet address of the VPN server to which you will connect, and a name for the new connection. You can use an IP address or the hostname the VPN server in Internet address field. The destination name is the text that will be used for the VPN connection name (profile name). Note that you can click Remember Credentials which saves your credentials on the first successful connection attempt. This creates a new Discovery Profile which the client can use to connect to VPN.

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So far this is the only information needed to create a VPN profile. Authentication and tunneling protocols are negotiated and configured during the first successful connection attempt for username/password based VPN deployments. Once these protocols are negotiated, you can edit these settings in Connection Properties.

Connecting to a corporate network using an existing Windows 8 VPN connection

To connect with an existing VPN connection, open Charms by moving the cursor to the top or bottom right corner of your computer screen. It can also be accessed by using the Win+C hotkey.

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Click Settings and then click the network icon displayed in the right-hand corner of the screen.

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In Networks click the VPN connection that you want to use and then click Connect.

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Once you click Connect, a new connection is negotiated with the server using the saved credentials. If you have not previously checked Remember Credentials while creating the connection, you will be asked to provide credentials.

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When you select Remember my credentials while creating your connection, you won’t be asked for the credentials in further connection attempts. You can clear the cached credentials by right-clicking the connection and selecting Clear Cached Credentials, as shown below.

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Editing Windows 8 VPN connection properties

You can edit a VPN connection that you have already configured by right-clicking the connection and then selecting Connection Properties.

Connection Properties has four tabs described below. You can access Connection Properties by clicking View Connection Properties in Networks.

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Connection Properties Tabs:

General – Change the VPN server hostname or IP address. Additionally, configure an interface to public network.

Options – Configure PPP Settings and enable/disable caching of credentials.

Security – Configure tunnels, authentication, and encryption settings.

Networking – Configure transports (or protocols). The most common protocols are TCP/IPv4 and TCP/IPv6.

Deleting a Windows 8 VPN Connection

In the Start screen, click Search in Charms, type vpn and then click View Network Connections under Settings.

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Right-click a VPN connection and then click Delete, as show below.

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