Incorporating Custom Dial-Up Entries

Updated: April 8, 2009

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 Foundation, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Vista

The dial-up entries referenced on the Dial-up Networking Entries page of the CMAK wizard correspond to dial-up entries specified in the Phone Book Administrator (PBA) of Connection Point Services. The CMAK wizard provides a method of customizing how users access specific Points of Presence (POPs). For more information, see Connection Point Services and Connection Manager.

Customizing the way in which specific entries are handled can provide more effective handling of unique network authentication or routing requirements for POPs in your phone book. For each entry, you can specify the Domain Name System (DNS) or Windows Internet Name Service (WINS) addresses to be used for POPs associated with that entry and, if desired, a script to be associated with it.

Before you run the CMAK wizard, you must decide which dial-up entries you want to customize, and the options to use for each.

For each dial-up entry, you must specify:

  • The name of the entry. If you have already specified a phone book to use with this connection profile, any dial-up entry names used by the POPs (as configured in PBA) will automatically appear in the Dial-up networking entries box on this page. If you have not yet specified a dial-up entry to use with a POP but want to add an entry, you must type the entry name exactly as it will appear in the Dial-Up Networking entry box in PBA. If you want to set up a default for your connection profile, the name must be specified as your ProfileServiceName (conforming to the file naming rules for a connection profile).

  • Whether to let the server assign the addresses or to use specific DNS addresses, WINS addresses, or both. If you want to assign specific addresses, you can specify both primary and secondary DNS and WINS IP addresses.

  • If your service requires it, a script (.scp) file can be associated with this entry.

For example, for Awesome Computers (the service name of our fictitious company):

  • To set up custom properties for a specific entry, you could specify Awesome Dun in the Dial-up networking entries box in the CMAK wizard. In this case, all POPs that have Awesome Dun specified as the phone book entry would use the addresses, scripts, or both as specified in the CMAK wizard for the Awesome Dun entry.

  • To set up default properties for all other POPs in the phone book of the Awesome Computers connection profile (any without a specific entry), you could specify Awesome1 in the Dial-up networking entries field. In this case, all phone book entries without explicit dial-up entries would use the addresses and scripts specified in the CMAK wizard for this default entry.

To set up custom dial-up entries

  • Add phone book entries to the appropriate POPs:

    1. Start Phone Book Administrator and click the phone book you want.

    2. Add or edit a POP to include the dial-up entry on the Settings tab.

    For more information, see Connection Point Services.

  • Using the CMAK wizard, build a connection profile and set up dial-up entries as follows:

    • If the entry you want to configure already exists, select it and click Edit.

    • If the entry does not exist, on the Dial-up Networking Entries page, click New. In New Dial-up Networking Entry, type the same dial-up entry as the one you entered in the phone book file. If you want to assign specific DNS or WINS addresses or specify scripts for the entry, specify the appropriate information.


The dial-up entry that you set up in your connection profile must either exactly match the specific entries you set up in the phone book or, if defining the default, it must be the default service name.


For additional customization options for these dial-up entries, see Advanced Customization.

Using phone-book Dial-up Networking Entries

Connection Manager reads the entry specified in Dial-up Networking Entries associated with the phone number, and uses the custom properties (such as a DNS server and script) that you specified in the CMAK wizard for that entry to establish a connection.

If Connection Manager does not detect a specific dial-up entry for the phone number in the connection profile, it then tries to find the default entry (the Dial-up Networking entry named ProfileFileName in the .cms file).

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