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I'm trying to connect to a BT Openreach VDSL Modem with Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials, I have RRAS with NAT set up.

My server looks like this;

  • NIC 1 - Into a TP-Link Switch to connect a myriad of devices (computers, access points, etc..)
  • NIC 2 - Direct connection with the Modem

In the Routing and Remote Access management console, I click "New demand-dial interface" - go through the wizard selecting PPPoE, entering the username of "" (seems it has to be generic) with no password, then I specify the static route for it which I take from the NIC 2 ( and Enter that as the Destination and Network Mask with No Gateway.

I right click on the new PPPoE interface created, click "Connect" and wait - after about 40 seconds it will error with; "The connection was closed by the remote computer" - however, if I do all this through the Network and Sharing Center" and clicking on "Setup a new connection or network" it'll work fine and create a miniport WAN (which RRAS) can't see.

Any ideas on why this would be happening and just why the Network and Sharing Center is able to connect but not a RRAS connection?

Any advice is greatly appreciated


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You may find this useful (although the proposed workaround is a PITA):… I suggest you open a support ticket with Microsoft. – gtirloni Sep 6 '14 at 22:26
How come you need to use RRAS to connect to the ISP? What's wrong with just using a PPPoE adapter via Network and Sharing Center and then using that interface within RRAS to configure things as you need to? I haven't tried this myself so it's a genuine question - I'm sure you have a reason - I just can't think what it would be. – dbr Dec 9 '15 at 22:07

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