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How to Install a VPN Server on Windows Server 2012 R2 – TheITBros

How to Install a VPN Server on Windows Server 2012 R2 – TheITBros


In this article we will take a look at How to install a VPN server on Windows Server 2012 R2. VPN (Virtual Private Network) technology is used to establish a direct connection between computers placed in different subnets. For example, you can use a VPN when it is necessary to set up a small computer network for companies whose employees work remotely. It can also be useful in situations where you want to play a computer game with your friend who lives in another city.

The VPN uses the TCP and UDP Internet transport protocols and has several types of applications – PPTP, L2TP, and OpenVPN. In this article we will be looking at a VPN solution for Microsoft Windows based on PPTP. This protocol is not the best solution due to its low level of security, but it is the easiest and fastest way to establish a connection using only the built-in features of your operating system without installing third-party applications.

Follow this guide step by step.


Before you start installing the VPN, make sure that port 1723 is open for TCP PPTP in your firewall.

At first open a file server manager and click Add roles and features.

Now select Role- or feature-based installation option and click on Next.

Now select the required server on which you wish to install Routing and Remote Access.

Select from the lists of roles remote access and click next one

click next oneNo additional features are required at this point.

Just click on next one.

In the next tab you need to select Direct Access and VPN (RAS).

click Add features in the popup window.

On the confirmation page, click Installations to begin with.

After the installation process is finished, click Open the Getting Started Wizard.

On this tab press Post VPN only.

Right click on your server and select Configure and enable Routing and Remote Access.

Click next one.

In the new wizard, select Remote access (dial-up or VPN).

On the next page select VPN.

Select here the network adapter that connects your server to the Internet.

Here you can choose the method of distributing IP addresses – via DHCP or manually. Select the second method.

On this tab press new.

In the pop-up window, select the IP address range, press OK, go back to the previous tab and tap next one.

In this tab, you can choose the authentication method. Choose Routing and remote access.

Journalism finish. Now the configuration is completed.

That’s it. Your server is ready for client connections. Note that if your network is large enough, it is better to use DirectAccess technology.

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