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How to start a VPN automatically on boot with Windows

My dad was asking me about a branch office solution where clients connected to the AD controller, but needed to VPN to get to the AD.  My preferred option is to either have a VPN on the router or a DC in the branch office, but failing both of those, perhaps this is the answer?

Starting a VPN automatically on boot with Windows XP

I recently needed to figure out how to make a Windows XP machine connect to a particular VPN automatically on reboot, before anyone logged into the machine. I eventually managed to assemble bits and pieces of information floating around the net into a working solution to the problem, but it wasn’t completely addressed in any single location, so I thought I’d stick the details in my blog for other people to Google and use (if you found this blog entry useful, please add a comment and let me know!).

The first thing I tried was to look for a property I could set on the VPN network connection to tell Windows that I wanted this connection to start automatically when the machine boots. I couldn’t find one; I doubt there is one.

<the details on how to fix this are in the blog at Something better to do » Blog Archive » Starting a VPN automatically on boot with Windows XP>

 

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David

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Posted Sun, Nov 18 2007 3:13 PM by David Overton

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vpn account wrote re: How to start a VPN automatically on boot with Windows
on Thu, May 21 2009 4:15 PM

I know more easy way

If you need to connect to a Virtual Private Network at windows startup, and you don't want to have the user push connect or enter the password do the following:

1) On the VPN Connect screen, check "Save this user name and password for the following users"

2) Select the "Anyone who uses this computer" radio button

3) Click "Properties" on the VPN Connect screen

4) On the "Options" tab, uncheck:

-"Display progress while connecting"

-"Prompt for name and password, certificate,etc."

5) In Windows Explorer, browse to C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

6) Open a new Windows Explorer and browse to Control Panel\Network Connections

7) Drag the icon of your VPN connection to the Startup folder. This will create a shortcut

Now at Windows startup, the VPN will launch and connect silently.

Geoff wrote re: How to start a VPN automatically on boot with Windows
on Wed, Aug 26 2009 12:28 AM

The second way works perfect - thanks

VPN Service wrote re: How to start a VPN automatically on boot with Windows
on Sun, Aug 15 2010 3:22 PM

I saw on http://www.supervpn.net/blog/ they have all VPN setups step by step.

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