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Automating PPTP Connection Via ISP Connection

This article was previously published under Q173527
SUMMARY
Windows NT version 4.0 introduced a new feature called Point-to-PointTunneling Protocol (PPTP). After you have connected to the Internet, youcan make a PPTP connection to your corporate network and access corporateresources. This article discusses how to use one simple batch file toautomate the process of connecting to your Internet service provider (ISP)and then connecting to your corporate PPTP server.
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To connect to your ISP and then connect to your corporate PPTP serverwithout needing to launch two phone book entries, create a batch file usingthe following steps:

NOTE: These steps assume that you have already created two phone bookentries, one for your ISP and one for your PPTP Server.

  1. Using a text editor such as Notepad.exe or Edit.com, type the following lines, substituting your personal information for the items in brackets:

    rasdial.exe <ISP Phonebook Entry> <username1> <password1>
    rasdial.exe <PPTP Phonebook Entry> <username2> <password2>
    /DOMAIN:<domain>

    NOTE: The /DOMAIN option should be on the same line as the second Rasdial command and is only required if your PPTP server requires Microsoft encryption.
  2. Save the file with a name like Pptp.bat, then exit the text editor.
  3. To connect to your PPTP server, run the batch file Pptp.bat.
NOTE: The command "Rasdial /?" will display the correct syntax to use withthis command.

WARNING: The passwords in such a batch file are in plain text and can beseen by anyone viewing the file.
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Article ID: 173527 - Last Review: 10/31/2006 19:02:15 - Revision: 1.1

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