How to connect to your workplace safely using Vista VPN connection

The VPN as most of you might be knowing stands for a Virtual Private Network. It ha gained immense popularity today as it has become a secure way of connecting to a network. Folks who telecommute or work from home must have this. Our article today, discusses how you can configure your Windows Vista machine to connect to a Microsoft based PPTP (Point to Point Tunneling protocol) VPN. The step by step article with screen captures will walk you through in connecting to your work network using the secure VPN

We did our instructions on a Windows Vista Business edition machine, but they are largely the same for any other flavor of Windows Vista such as Windows Vista Home or Ultimate. The requirement is that you do need to be logged in as a user with administrative privileges to configure the connection. You only have to configure your VPN connection once and depending on the choices you make during installation, it can be available to all the other users on your machine.

Before you get started, you would need to ask your network administrator at work, the IP address of the VPN server you have at work. Lets get started! Log on to your machine as an administrator or a user with administrative privileges


- Click on the Start Button and then choose Control Panel


Step 2:

- From the control panel choose Network and Internet, if your default view for control panel is set to classic view, see step 2B else go to Step 3


Step 2B:

- This is the same as previous step, the screen capture shows to click Network and Sharing Center


Step 3:

- Click on "Connect to a Network". If you are using the classic view for your Control Panel, see step 3B else proceed to Step 4


Step 3B:

- This is the same as previous step, if you are using classic view for the control panel, click on the left hand column.


Step 4:

- Click on "Set up a Connection or network"


Step 5:

- Click on "Connect to a Workplace"


Step 6:

- On How do you want to connect prompt, choose "Use my Internet Connection (VPN)"


Step 7:
- Provide the IP address of your Work VPN server (the one you got from your network administrator)
- Provide a descriptive name for this connection such as "My Work VPN"
- If you want other users on your machine to connect to this VPN as well, choose "Allow other people to use this connection


Step 8:

- Provide your username and password, we recommend not saving your password if this is a shared machine


Step 9:

- If all goes well, you will get a confirmation saying "Successfully Connected" click close


Step 10:

- To close the VPN connection, simply look on your task bar (next to the system clock), and click on a computer looking icon, then choose "Disconnect From -> MyWorkVPN"


Hopefully this has been informative for you. If you have any further questions, please do leave us a comment or contact us through the Contact Us link on this web site.

VPN Connection at home

Hi, I am not working with any organisation and use internet connection from airtel, I have Vista on my laptop. My question, can I make VPN connection of the internet connection that I have at my home? Otherway round, can I use LAN internet connection of my home from a remote location?

Remote Desktop & Remote Control software

Hello Annonymous,

Do you know what version of Vista do you have ? I agree that for a single machine at home network, a VPN might not be needed. You can simply use solutions such as Remote Desktop which comes built in with some versions of Windows Vista. If not, you can use other remote control solutions, using which you can connect to your machine at home from anywhere on the internet, these are both free and paid. There are a lot of choices really, such as VNC, PC Anywhere, LogMein, RDP etc.

Hope that helps, let me know if you have any other questions