This post should show you how to install a VPN Server on Windows Server 2012. This post covers a VPN server for a small environment or for a hosted server scenario. This post is note made for enterprise deployments. If you want to run a VPN solution in your enterprise you should definitely look at Direct Access which is much easier to deploy in Windows Server 2012 than in Windows Server 2008 R2.
In Windows 7 you an create VPN connections for PPTP, L2TP or SSTP. To delete a connection you can not just right click and press delete. But it’s still very simple, but a lot of people can’t find where you can remove VPN connections, because it is a kind of hidden .
First open Network and Sharing Center
Click Change Adpater Settings on the left side
Now you can see all connections and you can remove the VPN connection
In the last 3 weeks we had do some little Windows Server projects in a Microsoft Workshop at KTSI. Since I was really interessted in Microsoft DirectAccess as an alternative to “legacy” VPN such as PPTP or L2TP, I made a little project out of that and installed DirectAccess in my LAB. And I also created a documentation step by step documentation for LAB and SMB installations of DirectAccess.
I had some respect of the installation of DirectAccess and the requirements of DirectAccess. But to my surprise after the first try everything worked fine. So if you do everything step by step and pay attention to the details you will succeed.
Now to DirectAccess, it’s not just another VPN technology. It can save users and the IT deparments a lot of time. How many hours do you have spent do troubleshoot VPN connection problems? Now with DirectAccess users can work with their notebooks as they were within the company network. You don’t really care about firewalls or connection losses.
But more on DirectAccess later, I will post the step by step guide later this week.