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Dial-up without dial-up

Okay,

Here's what we want/need to do.  We have a Win95 or above clientele.  They need to upload data files to us.  At this time, they have an application that uses serial communications to dial a dedicated server with a modem bank.

We've put in place an FTP site for other reasons and want to switch the client software to dialing an ISP and then using FTP to upload the files to the site.  The desktops do not currently have a dial-up connection.

Is it possible to use RAS/WinInet commands to dial-up an ISP (we'll work out the logic on the phone numbes, etc.) without creating a dial-up connection (thus eliminaging the need for the user to learn something new - like selecting which one they need)?

We need to do this from VB, and you'll see I just got an answer on how to create a connection, so we'll do that if we have to (plan B).  We would like to just do the connection however (providing a username/password, phone number, etc.) without creating the permanent object on their workstations.
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Gene Klamerus
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Gene KlamerusTechnical ArchitectAuthor Commented:
We need an example for this - not just a yes/no.
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PaulHewsCommented:
>Is it possible to use RAS/WinInet commands to dial-up an ISP (we'll work out the logic on the phone numbes, etc.) without creating a dial-up connection (thus eliminaging the need for the user to learn something new - like selecting which one they need)?<

I don't think so, but it is certainly possible for your software to create a connection and dial it without user intervention.
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PaulHewsCommented:
This will create a new dial up networking entry:

http://home.iprimus.com.au/billmcc/PlatformVB/dun/rassetentryprops.htm

This will dial it without user intervention:

http://home.iprimus.com.au/billmcc/PlatformVB/dun/rasdial.htm
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Gene KlamerusTechnical ArchitectAuthor Commented:
This web site (the second) seems to be an absolute gold mine.  Exactly what I was looking for.
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