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What are the steps to setup VPN on 2 Win98 computers so they can map drives on each other thru the internet?
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by:zeedjej
ID: 1644454
Maybe this Microsoft article could be any help for you?

How to Set Up a Private Network Over the Internet Using PPTP
Last reviewed: February 4, 1998
Article ID: Q161410
 
 


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The information in this article applies to:
Microsoft Windows NT Workstation version 4.0
Microsoft Windows NT Server version 4.0


SUMMARY
This article describes how to set up a private network connection over the Internet using the Point-to-Point Tunneling protocol (PPTP).



MORE INFORMATION
You can establish secure, multiple-protocol Virtual Private Network (VPN) connections over public data networks such as the Internet using PPTP. By dialing into your Internet service provider's point of presence (POP), you can access your corporate networks and programs without dialing directly into the company's network. PPTP connects directly to the target server by creating a virtual network for each remote client. A Windows NT 4.0 Server administrator can monitor and manage such a virtual network just like any other remote access port.

To use PPTP to connect to a server securely across the Internet, you must first install the PPTP protocol. To do so, follow these steps:


In Control Panel, double-click Network, and then click the Protocols tab.

Add Point To Point Tunneling Protocol.

After the protocol is loaded, Remote Access Services Setup is invoked. You must add at least one VPN port as a port in RAS Setup.

Specify the protocols to run for the VPN port. You can install up to 256 VPN ports. Each VPN can be connected to a network.

Restart the computer.

To make a PPTP connection to a target server over the Internet, follow these steps:

In Dial-Up Networking, make a new phone book entry for the target server. For the phone number, specify the IP address or host name of the server. Make sure to specify the VPN port you want to use.
NOTE: Once you have a phone book entry set up, you can check and modify phone book settings by clicking More, and then clicking Edit Entry And Modem Properties. In the Phone Book Entry dialog box, verify that the Dial Using box specifies a VPN port. Click the Server tab, and verify that a protocol that the target server uses is selected. You can specify the security you want on the Security tab.


Dial your ISP and make your connection to the Internet.

When you are connected to your ISP, dial the target server to establish the PPTP connection.
 

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by:bbao
ID: 1644455
Here is the official answer from Microsoft.
 http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q133/1/87.asp
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by:bashley
ID: 1644456
The article referenced by bbao describes connecting 2 machines by modem as in directly to each other.  I want to connect 2 Win98 machines using the internet that each have their own internet connection.  I'm sure the answer is related but I'm not good enough to bridge the gap without more explanation.  (I wish I were better at finding stuff in the MS-KB; I can search on "printer" and get no hits!)
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bbao earned 600 total points
ID: 1644457
WIN98 cannot act as a PPTP server, only a PPTP client, so you cannot only connect two WIN98 box together through VPN via the net.

Without PPTP or VPN, it is possible to connect two WIN98 box together, as you mentioned, map network drive of each other. The limit is, you must make sure, along the two site, all routes must support all ports routing, especially support no blocking with the ports that NetBIOS needs.

For more, refers M$ articles on the topics of Windows 95/98 browsing.
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by:bashley
ID: 1644458
I'm wondering if it's easier to setup a PPTP server with NT or NetWare 4.1?  I see references to ISPs supporting VPN; What do they have to do differently; Isn't the whole idea of Tunneling Protocol supposed to be transparent to the TCPIP envelope or packet?
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by:bbao
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NT Server 4 supports PPTP based VPN server, NetWare 5 also supports VPN. Almost all ISP support VPN, in fact, ther is no relation with ISP if two ends of a connection are both based on NT or NetWare.

PPTP is similar as such Tunneling, and supports more.
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