In this video, author Brian Culp leads students through the procedure to create a Virtual Private Network connection using the tools available in Windows 10. He then discusses how users can select alternative VPN protocols other than the default Windows 10 protocol selected during automatic VPN configuration.
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- [Voiceover] Okay, now that we've laid some conceptual groundwork, the button clicking is what we'll take a look at in this lesson. And the button clicking, as it usually is, is pretty straightforward. What you need to know about creating a VPN connection is that when establishing a remote connection Windows will always use the most secure VPN protocol that's common to both computers, the client computer establishing the connection, and the server computer that is receiving the incoming remote access.
Now when we do this, when we set up our VPN connection, we'll use something known as the VPN Connection Wizard. And like most Wizards it's pretty easy to step through. But when we do, we'll have some selections and drop-downs and, of course, you'll be expected to understand the significance of choosing the different VPN protocols. So, you see three sign-in options, you can either sign-in with a username and password, a smart card, or a one-time password. But again, more significantly, you will configure the VPN protocol.
And here you'll see a drop-down that let's you choose from PPTP, or L2TP, or SSTP, or IKEv2, or, and this is actually the interesting and the default choice, which is Automatic. Automatic if both server and client support it, and if it's Windows 10 it will support it, Automatic will select IKEv2. Once you have created the VPN connection it is saved as an object and then you can launch it anytime you want to using the VPN tile.
So again, let's do a quick, little walkthrough of this. To create the VPN connection you'll start with the Start menu. You can start typing in VPN if you want to, but you can also just click on Settings, and that will open up the Windows' Settings application. You can then go to Network and Internet. And you can see here: Wi-Fi, airplane mode, VPN. So this is what we want to click on. Click on that tile. And that will get us to Network and Internet settings. We can click on the VPN node.
And then, right here, we can click on Add a VPN connection. So now you will select from a drop-down of VPN providers. Now if you haven't added any third party VPN software there will only be one choice here. It'll be the built in VPN provider that Windows provides. So once you select that it then enables the rest of the options that you can choose from. So we'll select the Windows VPN provider.
You can give the connection a name, so we'll just call this one BrianVPN. The server name or address, so obviously it's important to know which VPN server you're gonna be connecting to. Where's the other computer in this equation? You can either enter in an address: VPN., something like that, or you can enter in an IP address. And then down here is the significance of the VPN type Automatic, or choose from one of the four VPN protocols.
Type of sign-in information, user name and password, or you can select from smart card, a one-time password, and then you simply type in the credentials. If you want to save those credentials you can be prompted or create the object so that it prompts you for credentials every time. Finally, do you want to remember the sign-in information if you enter in a user name and password here? So again, the user name and password are optional pieces of information. You're ready to create the object, click on Save. And now you've got this tile that is called BrianVPN in this case, which can be launched anytime by just simply giving it a click from the Network and Internet collection of Settings.
Connect, and then we'll talk more about the Advanced options and some of the configuration choices you have here.
This hands-on, practical course covers the skills necessary for a system admin to manage remote access in Windows 10—and prepare for the Manage Remote Access domain of Microsoft Certification exam 70-697, Configuring Windows Devices. Brian Culp shows how to create and enable a VPN connection, configure Remote Desktop, establish mobility policies, create and deploy workspaces, and configure offline storage and file syncing. Plus, learn how connect to printers and displays using Wi-Fi Direct.
Review the learning objectives for the Manage Remote Access domain of exam 70-697 at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/exam-70-697.aspx.
- Creating and enabling a VPN connection
- Using Wi-Fi Sense
- Configuring Remote Desktop
- Troubleshooting with Remote Desktop
- Configuring power policies and mobility options
- Creating workspaces with Windows To Go and PowerShell
- Configuring offline files and file policies
- Adjusting sync options
- Connecting to Wi-Fi Direct devices