RAS Features in W7

Hello folks,

           My name is Aanand Ramachandran and I am the Program Manager for the Routing and Remote Access Services (RRAS) component of Windows Networking. Windows 7 has received great response at WinHec and PDC. I am sure a lot of you must be very eager to know what the RRAS team has added in W7. Well, we have added a lot of cool and useful features which will definitely excite you. In this post i am going to be providing a quick overview of these features. Keep a watch on this blog space for additional posts about individual features


Agile VPN:

Agile VPN is a standards based IPSec (IKEv2) tunnelling protocol which provides automatic and seamless switchover of an active VPN connection when the underlying Internet interface (connection) changes thus maintaining application persistence. IKEv2 VPN is available in-box on W7 client and server SKUs and provides the entire feature set available for legacy tunnels


Automatic fallback to SSTP from Agile VPN

If IKEv2 ports are blocked on the firewall you can automatically fall-back to Secure Socket Tunnelling Protocol. SSTP is an SSL based VPN tunnel. Since most firewalls have HTTPS ports open the fallback is possible


New VAN-UI Experience

RAS is integrated into the new VAN UI (View Available Networks UI) which provides better connection dialling experience and additional connection states for Agile VPN


Certificate Selection for SSTP

The W7 VPN Server allows administrators to choose the certificate to be used for server authentication in SSTP and ensures that SSTP and SSL have the same cert binding