This post will illustrate the steps for configuring a VPN server on Windows R2. There are some minor changes to this process as compared to the one followed for Windows 2003. As a per-requisite for this process, you will have to install RRAS (Routing And Remote Access) through the server manager as a first ‘Role’.

The following steps are required for installing the essential services for a VPN server

Step 1 – Go to the ‘server manager’

Step 2 – Search for the action termed as ‘Action’, click on it and proceed with Adding roles

Step 3 – An installation wizard will be displayed. Preferably you must go through the requirements and then proceed further by clicking on ‘Next’

Step 4 – You will come across a box called ‘Select Server Roles, in this box there will be an option of ‘Network Policy And access Services’, check the box against this option and click on the ‘Next’ button in order to proceed.

Step 5 – Now you have to check the box given against the option called ‘Routing and Remote access services’. Once you have checked these two sub boxes – ‘Remote Access Service’ and ‘Routing’, hit the ‘Next’ button for proceeding.

Step 6 – You will then be asked to ‘Confirm Installation Selection’, with this option you will be displayed a summary of anything that has been selected for installation, you can verify everything here.

Step 7 – If you think that everything is in accordance with your preferences, you can proceed further and click on the ‘Instal’ button. Once the installation process is completed, you can close the setup wizard.

Step 8 – Go back to he server manager where you must right click on ‘Configure and Enable Routing and Remote Access’ and then click on the ‘Next’ button.

Step 9 – Click on the ‘Next’ button present on the window ‘Routing and Remote Access Wizard’.

Step 10 – Select the ‘Custom Configuration’ and hit on the ‘Next’ option

Step 11 – You will come across a check-box against ‘VPN access’ click on the check box and hit the ‘Next’ button

Step 12 – Now click on the ‘Finish’ button and ‘Start Service’

The procedure is now complete, you will now be taken to the main Server Manager screen where you can see that the Routing and Remote access is up and running. If required you can change the settings in the Firewall in order to allow the necessary ports for running a VPN server.

The required ports are mentioned below:

Port 1723 TCP
Port 47 GRE

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