How to Connect to a VPN in Windows 7

Just because you’re not
physically in your office space doesn’t mean that there isn’t work that needs
to get done!  One of the biggest
challenges to getting work done off-site is the need to access documents, etc.
that are stored on your office’s computer network. To combat this issue, your employer might have
set-up a Virtual Private Network, or VPN. The aim of a VPN is to keep you connected while off-site so that you can
share files, pictures, and programs as well as peripheral devices such as
virtual machines, printers, and scanners. In this article, we’ll show you how to connect to a VPN in Windows 7.

Setting up your VPN Connection

To begin, open the Network and Sharing Center.

Next, click on Set up a new connection or network.

In Set Up a Connection or Network, click on the Connect to a workplace hyperlink.

Click Next.

In Connect to a Workplace, click on the Use my Internet Connection (VPN) hyperlink.

Next, enter the Internet address for your VPN (you
should be able to get this from your IT administrator) and select the Don’t connect now, just set it up so I can
connect later
checkbox. The Destination Name is the name that you
would like to assign to the VPN network. Enter in a name of your choice.

When finished, click Next.

Next, you will need to enter
your user name and password.  If desired, check the Remember this password checkbox (this will save you from having to
enter in your password every time you log in).

Click Create.

You have now successfully
created a VPN connection.

Connecting to and Accessing Your VPN

To begin, click on the Network icon located on the bottom
right side of your screen.

Under Dial-up and VPN, click Connect.

Enter your user name and password
into the dialog box. Click Connect.

Please note that if you selected
the Remember this password checkbox in
the steps above, you can skip entering in your user name and password (it
will already be entered default) and simply click Connect.

After the network has finished
verifying your user name and password, you will need to verify that
you have successfully connected to your VPN.
To do this, go back to the Network
icon.  When you click it, your status
should appear as Connected.

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