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How do I setup Windows Server 2003 to connect to a MicroTik router PPTP VPN? Preferably without user interaction.

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This is very well documented by Microsoft.

To set up a client for virtual private network access, follow these steps on the client workstation:

NOTE: You must be logged on as a member of the Administrators group to follow these steps.

NOTE: Because there are several versions of Microsoft Windows, the following steps may be different on your computer. If they are, see your product documentation to complete these steps.

On the client computer, confirm that the connection to the Internet is correctly configured.

Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click Network Connections. Click Create a new connection under Network Tasks, and then click Next.

Click Connect to the network at my workplace to create the dial-up connection. Click Next to continue.

Click Virtual Private Network connection, and then click Next.

Type a descriptive name for this connection in the Company name dialog box, and then click Next.

Click Do not dial the initial connection if the computer is permanently connected to the Internet. If the computer connects to the Internet through an Internet Service Provider (ISP), click Automatically dial this initial connection, and then click the name of the connection to the ISP. Click Next.

Type the IP address or the host name of the VPN server computer (for example, VPNServer.SampleDomain.com).

Click Anyone's use if you want to permit any user who logs on to the workstation to have access to this dial-up connection. Click My use only if you want this connection to be available only to the currently logged-on user. Click Next.

Click Finish to save the connection.

Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click Network Connections.

Double-click the new connection.

Click Properties to continue to configure options for the connection. To continue to configure options for the connection, follow these steps:

If you are connecting to a domain, click the Options tab, and then click to select the Include Windows logon domain check box to specify whether to request Windows Server 2003 logon domain information before trying to connect.

If you want the connection to be redialed if the line is dropped, click the Options tab, and then click to select the Redial if line is dropped check box.

To use the connection, follow these steps:

Click Start, point to Connect to, and then click the new connection.

If you do not currently have a connection to the Internet, Windows offers to connect to the Internet.

When the connection to the Internet is made, the VPN server prompts you for your user name and password. Type your user name and password, and then click Connect.

Your network resources must be available to you in the same way they are when you connect directly to the network.NOTE: To disconnect from the VPN, right-click the connection icon, and then click Disconnect.

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