You can use your Windows XP Professional or Windows 2000 Professional machine to act as a Remote Access server to support a limited number of Remote Access Clients. You can configure an incoming connection to accept the following connection types: dial-up (modem, ISDN, X.25), virtual private network (VPN) (PPTP, L2TP), or direct (serial, infrared). This configuration is useful in the following scenarios: (1) You want to connect from your main office to branch office (or vice versa) to get some data and you don't require a full blown remote access server installation. (2) You want to connect to your home computer from office etc., This feature is called "Incoming Connections". By creating a "incoming connection", a Windows XP Professional or Windows 2000 Professional computer can act as a Remote Access server.
How to configure "Incoming Connections" on XP Pro computer?
- Go to Control Panel->Network Connections->File->New Connection
- Select "Set up an advanced connection" in the New Connection Wizard and click Next
- Select "Accept incoming connections" and click Next
- Select the Device for incoming connection and click Next
- If you want to allow VPN based incoming connection, select so and click Next
- Select the users that you should be allowed a connection and complete the wizard.
You would see a "Incoming Connections" in Network Connections folder. And would also see a connected client (after connection is established) in the same folder.
For more information on this topic, check http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/howto_conn_incoming.mspx?mfr=true
Routing and Remote Access Team,
Windows Enterprise Networking
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