How to configure Windows client OS machine as VPN server

Are you interested in setting up your Windows based client OS (like Vista, Windows7)  as VPN server (aka ‘Enabling Incoming Connections’)?

I have seen some queries as where to find ‘Incoming Connection’ wizard in Vista and hence this post.


The Incoming Connection link in Vista is little hidden. To reach out to the link,  follow:

- From Control Panel, open Networking and Sharing Center
- Click Manage Network Connections from left menu
- Press Alt key, and select File menu  (or press Alt F)
- From File menu, Select New Incoming Connection


It would lead you to the ‘Incoming Connection’ setup wizard. In order to configure ‘Incoming Connection’ you need to have administrative privilege (part of Administrators group).


To know about how to setup VPN Client connection on Vista, follow:



Dinesh Agarwal
RRAS, Windows Enterprise Networking

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Comments (3)
  1. Sooner Al [MVP] says:

    What versions of Vista have this functionality, ie. can act as a PPTP VPN server?

    I know Vista Ultimate can do this, but what about the other versions?

  2. Sooner Al [MVP] says:

    Here is the answer…

    Applies to: Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Enterprise, Ultimate.

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