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Howto Setup L2TP/IPSEC VPN for Windows 7, 8, 10?

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Below are procedures for setting up L2TP/IPSEC VPN for Windows 7, 8, 10:

These instructions work under all the client side variations of Windows 7, namely Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, and Ultimate.

Before setting up your VPN connection, make sure your version of Windows 7 is up to date by running Windows Update.

For Windows 8,10, please refer to Microsoft documentation support which are similar in concept. (Windows 8: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj613767.aspx) and (Windows 10: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/20510/windows-10-connect-to-vpn)

Step #1: First, open the Start Menu, click on the Start Menu and type “VPN” into the search box.

Click on the “Set up a virtual private network (VPN) connection.”

Step #2: Enter the server information, Now, enter the server information as below.

In the text box labelled “Internet address” type VPN server host name: sdn.cowbee.net

In the text box labelled “Destination name” type “My VPN” or whatever you want. This is the name of the connection, and will show up in the “Connect to a network” screen when we’re done.

Lastly, make sure that the checkbox labelled “Don’t connect now; just set it up so I can connect later” is checked.

Then click the “Next” button.Step #3: Enter your Cowbee SDN VPN username and password, In this screen, enter your VPN username and password.

In the text box labelled “User name:”, enter Cowbee SDN VPN username.

In the text box labelled “Password:”, enter Cowbee SDN VPN password.

Optionally, check the “Remember this password” checkbox and you won’t have to enter your password when you connect to Cowbee SDN VPN .

Then, click the “Create” button.

Step 4#: Go to the connection, click on the Start Menu, type the word “Network” into the search box, and click on “Network and Sharing Center”.

When the Network and Sharing Center opens, click on “Connect to a network”.

When you click on “Connect to a network”, a list of VPNs pops up. Right click on the “My VPN” connection (the VPN connection just created) and choose “Properties”.

Step #5: Edit the VPN type to L2TP, in the “Properties” of new VPN connection, click on the “Type of VPN” pop up menu and select “L2TP/IPsec”.


Next, click on the “Advanced Settings” button.

Step #6: Set the Preshared Key, in the “IPsec Settings” dialog, click the radio button labelled “Use preshared key for authentication”. Then type “xxx.xxx.xxx” into the textbox labelled “Key”. Then click the “OK” button. (You are required to obtain the appropriate subscription for the L2TP Keys)

Networking settings

This screen shows you the network settings. You may have different items in your list. In the list of items that you see, make sure that only the “Internet Protocol Version 4(TCP/IPv4)” and “Client for Microsoft Networks” items are checked. If other protocols are checked, uncheck them by clicking on the checkbox.

Done!

You’re now done with your setup! You’ve set up your Cowbee SDN VPN connection to use L2TP. Click “OK” to finish now, then connect to our Access server by this connection.

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