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How to set up a Windows Server 2012 VPN

Install the Remote Access Server Role

We will be doing this through a GUI. Open Server Manger and click on Manage and select Add Roles and Features.

How to set up a Windows Server 2012 VPN

A wizard comes up, select Next and click on Roles based or feature based installation and click on Next.

On the next page select the destination server, which is the local machine.

How to set up a Windows Server 2012 VPN

Select the Remote Access Role on the next page and click on Next.

How to set up a Windows Server 2012 VPN

It will by default install the required features like .NET framework, click on Next. The next page will give you a brief introduction about the Remote Access role, go through it and click on Next.

On the next page, select Direct Access and VPN Role services because this is what we are interested in. It will prompt to install the required features, click on Add Features and Next.

How to set up a Windows Server 2012 VPN

How to set up a Windows Server 2012 VPN

It also requires Web Server to be installed, you are fine by just selecting the defaults and clicking on Next.

How to set up a Windows Server 2012 VPN

Click on Install and wait for the installation to complete.

Configure the Remote Access Server Role

Now that we are done with installing the Server Role, we need to go enable it and provide a few details to start accepting the incoming connections.

From Administrative Tools, select Remote and Routing Access. A window comes up, right click on the server and select Configure and Enable and Remote and Routing Access.

How to set up a Windows Server 2012 VPN

A wizard pops up and follow along.

How to set up a Windows Server 2012 VPN

Select Custom Configuration and click on Next.

How to set up a Windows Server 2012 VPN

On the next page, select VPN server and click on Finish.

How to set up a Windows Server 2012 VPN

How to set up a Windows Server 2012 VPN

Next step will be to start the services.

How to set up a Windows Server 2012 VPN

Now Right click on the server and click on Properties to configure the IP addresses that it will give out once the connections are made.

How to set up a Windows Server 2012 VPN

Now you will need to allow the connections coming in on the Windows Firewall. Go to start and type Firewall and select the third option as shown below.

How to set up a Windows Server 2012 VPN

Make sure that the connections are allowed for Remote Access as seen below.

How to set up a Windows Server 2012 VPN

That’s it! You are done. Before you can receive connections you will have to configure your Firewall.

Configure Perimeter Firewall

Based on the type of firewall you have, ensure the following ports are allowed traffic to the RRAS server:

PPTP Connections:
TCP 1723

L2TP/IPSec Connections:
TCP 1701
UDP 500

SSTP Connections:
TCP 443

 

I hope this was informative and thank you for reading!

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