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VPN connection fails on Windows Vista client: "Error 609: A device type was specfied that does not exit"

Source: Microsoft Support
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On a Windows Vista computer, you are unable to establish a connection to the VPN server. The following symptoms occur:

1. After you enter the username and password for the VPN connection, it tries to connect for a while then the error message occurs:

Failed to connect to <connectionname>

2. If you create a new VPN connection, it shows as a Dial-up connection.

3. This event is logged in the Application event log.

Log Name:      Application
Source:        RasClient
Date:          mm/dd/yyyy <time>
Event ID:      20227
Task Category: None
Level:         Error
Keywords:      Classic
User:          N/A
Computer:      <computername>
Description:
CoID={6ADB8BA2-868E-4406-88CF-FFFBFDAD6684}: The user <domain>\<user> dialed a connection named <ConnectionName> which has failed. The error code returned on failure is 609.
Cause
This may occur when the VPN WAN miniport is corrupted or not present.
Resolution


To resolve this issue, uninstall and reinstall the miniports manually. To do so, follow the steps below:

1. Click Start>All Programs>Accessories and click "Command Prompt".

2. In the Command prompt, type the following commands one by one and press Enter after each one.

Netcfg -u MS_L2TP
Netcfg -u MS_PPTP
Netcfg -l %windir%\inf\netrast.inf -c p -i MS_PPTP
Netcfg -l %windir%\inf\netrast.inf -c p -i MS_L2TP

NOTE: When prompted by User Account Control, click Continue.
More Information


This problem happens if the virtual WAN miniports for PPTP/L2TP are not installed or corrupted.

You can verify if this is the issue by following the below steps:

1. Open Device Manager (Start -> Run -> devmgmt.msc).
2. Click on 'View' in the toolbar and select 'Show hidden devices'
3. Expand the machine name node.
4. Under 'Network Adapters' node, see if WAN Miniport (PPTP) and WAN Miniport (L2TP) are present. If either of them is not present then you are facing the issue mentioned in this article.
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Article ID: 953795 - Last Review: 05/30/2008 07:46:01 - Revision: 1.0

Windows Vista Enterprise, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Ultimate

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