Configure a connection to a remote network

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To configure a connection to a remote network

  1. Open Network Connections.

  2. Right-click the dial-up connection that you want to configure, and then click Properties.

  3. Do one or more of the following:

    • To configure dialing devices, phone numbers, host address, country/region codes, or dialing rules, click the General tab.

    • To configure dialing and redialing options, multilink configuration, or X.25 parameters, click the Options tab.

    • To configure identity authentication, data encryption, or terminal window and scripting options, click the Security tab.

    • To configure the remote access server and protocols used for this connection, click the Networking tab.

    • To enable or disable Internet Connection Firewall, Windows Firewall, Internet Connection Sharing, and on-demand dialing, click the Advanced tab. For more information, see Related Topics.


  • To open Network Connections, click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click Network Connections.

  • Windows Firewall is not included in the original release of the Windows Server 2003 operating systems.

  • Internet Connection Firewall is included only in the original releases of Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition, and Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition.

  • Internet Connection Sharing and Network Bridge are not included in Windows Server 2003, Web Edition; Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition; and the Itanium-based versions of the original release of the Windows Server 2003 operating systems.

  • Depending on the type of connection you are configuring, different options appear in the properties dialog box.

  • For more information about a specific item on a tab, right-click the item, and then click What's This?.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

See Also


Configuring a network or dial-up connection
Set up Network Components
Secure Network or Dial-up Connections
Configuring Authentication and Data Encryption
Enable ICS
Enable or disable ICF
Enable ICS on-demand dialing