Configure Win7 Corporate VPN to Secure Public WiFi Browsing

The following are instructions on setting up a VPN connection to a corporate office specific to Windows 7.  In addition, the end of the article includes usage information on securing your web browsing when using public WiFi hotspots.  Using a VPN can encrypt passwords, web browsing, email, banking, etc, when connected and checked “use default gateway on remote network”.  This added security comes at the expense of increased network overhead and possibly slower browsing / download speeds.  The following instructions can be used by any of my offices running Windows server with modification to the line Internet Address: mail.YOURCOMPANYNAME.com.  If you do not know this information, contact me. If you do not have access to a corporate VPN, you can use any number of for pay services (and some free). Check out LifeHacker’s Top 5 VPN Services or just skip to the voter favorite WiTopia.
Click – StartControl PanelNetwork and InternetNetwork and Sharing Center –
networksharingcenter1
choose “Set up a new Connection or network”
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SBS 2008 Port Forwarding

SBS2008 Port Fowarding
The server cannot open ports on the router. Ensure that ports 80, 443, 987 are opened and pointed the IP address on the server. If you are using e-mail open port 25, and if you are using VPN, open port 1723.
SBS 2003 Port Forwarding: 80, 443 Web and SSL
4125 – Remote Web Workplace
1723 GRE – VPN

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Mac OS10 VPN

Open System Preferences and Network
Click the lock if not unlocked and click the + to add new
Change:
Interface to VPN
VPN Type to PPTP
Service Name: MCGB
Enter Server Address: mail.mcgb.com
Account Name: yourusername
Check “Show VPN status menu bar”
Click Authentication Settings
Enter office password
Click OK and Apply
Click VPN in status bar and “Connect MCGB VPN”
Download and install Remote Desktop Connection for MAC
http://www.microsoft.com/mac/remote-desktop-client

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