Deploying VPN Remote Access

Published: April 30, 2010

Updated: April 30, 2010

Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2

To deploy a VPN remote access server running Windows ServerĀ® 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2008, complete each of the tasks in Checklist: Implementing a VPN Remote Access Server Design.


When you use this checklist, we recommend that you first read the references to VPN remote access design in the Routing and Remote Access Design Guide before continuing to the procedures for setting up a VPN remote access server. Following the checklist in this way will help provide a better understanding of the design and deployment process for a remote access server.

About VPN remote access

A virtual private network (VPN) is the extension of a private network that encompasses links across shared or public networks like the Internet. By using a VPN connection, you can send data securely between two computers across a shared or public network in a manner that emulates a point-to-point private link.

A remote access client makes a remote access VPN connection that connects to a private network. The VPN server acts as a router to provide access to the entire network to which the VPN server is attached.

The remote access VPN client authenticates itself to the VPN server and, for mutual authentication, the server also authenticates itself to the client.