I'm looking for a pointer to step-by-step instructions for setting-up a Win Server 2003 Std box as a L2TP/IPSEC VPN server. I don't need to use certificates - pre-shared key is sufficient - and the server isn't on a domain.

All the sources of information I've found assume a level of sysadmin experience that I don't have - which is why I'm looking for a step-by-step description. I'm a experienced developer, not an IT person, but I have what I'd guess is intermediate level experience of configuring/administering small-scale servers, and have set-up OpenVPN-based VPNs on Windows.


Here you go, right from the horse's mouth:



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    Thanks! I was looking for something a bit more like "click this, type that, click this..." – andyjohnson Nov 13 '09 at 21:35
  • Microsoft links tend to die after each reorganisation of the site (amazing these links still work as of 2018-11). A good SO answer would distil the essential information into the answer – Greg Woods Nov 20 '18 at 11:15
  • Seriously. This question and this answer are 9 years old. Let it go. – joeqwerty Nov 20 '18 at 14:59

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