How to set up a new VPN connection

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A step by step tutorial on how to set up a new PPTP VPN connection to a Windows 2008 or higher VPN server.

1. Request from the Network Fish support team the VPN details.
2. Open Control Panel and go to Network and Internet -> View network and tasks

Control Panel

3. Click on Set up a new connection or network
Network and Sharing Center
4. Select Connect to a workplace and click Next

Choose a connection option

5. Make sure that “No, create a new connection“ is selected and click Next
6. Click on “Use my Internet connection (VPN)”

How do you want to connect

7. Enter the information provided by the Network Fish support team and click Create. Make sure that “Don’t connect now; just set it up so I can connect later” is ticked only.

Connect to workplace

Connect to workplace 2

8. Click on Change adapter settings

Change adapter settings

9. Right click on the newly created VPN connection and select Properties

VPN Properties

10. Go to the Security tab and change the following settings
a. Type of VPN – Point to Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP)
b. Data encryption – Require encryption (disconnect if server declines)
c. Allow these protocols and check “Microsoft CHAP Version 22 ONLY
d. Click OK

VPN Connection Properties

11. Go to the Networking tab and highlight “Internet Protocol Version 4” then click Properties.


12. From this tab you need to click Advanced…

Internet Protocol Version 4

13. On Advanced TCP/IP Settings -> IP Settings uncheck the selected box “Use default gateway on remote network”. Click OK and then again OK.


14. Click on your Network icon then select the VPN connection and click connect.

VPN Connection

15. Enter your network username and password then check “Save this user name and password”.

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16. Click connect.


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