PPPoE connection as win 2k3 service

Hi Everybody,

I am trying to set up a Windows 2003 server with Internet Connection Sharing. However, the ISP I am using only uses PPPoE. How can I configure PPPoE so that it dials as a Service ? Do i need to purchase 3rd party software to do this, or is there a way to configure this in 2k3 ?

thanks in advance,

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hermanlamAsked:
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Netman66Connect With a Mentor Commented:
OK....rather than use ICS, setup RRAS (Routing and Remote Access Services).  Using RRAS you can configure the PPPoE connection to be demand-dial.  This service will function exactly the same as ICS only it is much, much more powerful in this respect.

ICS doesn't have the mechanism in place to work with connections automatically.


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Netman66Commented:
This small piece of software will do the job.  It will setup your PPPoE adapter as a Dial-up entry therefore allowing you to have it autoconnect.

http://www.raspppoe.com/

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hermanlamAuthor Commented:
thanks for replying. It's great you told me about this piece of software, and it is free too :)

I actually haven't had the time to install the driver yet, but does it add the dialing to service automatically ?

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Netman66Commented:
Yes.  It sets it up as a Dial-up connection that you can put your credentials into and save them.  Then you will make it a demand-dial connection so the server will use it automatically when you need Inet connection.  Works great.

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hermanlamAuthor Commented:
i would actually like windows 2003 to connect when it boots up. i got IE to dial automatically if internet isn't available yet, but how do i add this into windows' service ? I don't see it under the service console ..

sorry..i know this must be a very simple job, but this is my first time doing this. Please bear with me.
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Netman66Commented:
No problem.  There should be an entry in the connectoid to connect automatically.  If not, place a shortcut to it in your startup folder.


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hermanlamAuthor Commented:
if i put a shortcut in the startup folder, wouldn't it start up only after i login and windows execute whatever that is in the folder ?
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Netman66Commented:
Yes, that's right.  

Tell me what you have running on that box that requires the connection - if it's a firewall or similar then it can be used to start the connection without logging in.

Even RRAS can be set to demand-dial so that the first Internet connection attempt will start the connection.

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hermanlamAuthor Commented:
This is actually a box set up for internet connection sharing and HTTP and FTP server. This is the first box we bought in the effort to migrate from Linux to windows.

Our ISP uses PPPoE and we get a static IP address from them ( i don't really know why they use PPPoE. They are the only ISP in the city to use PPPoE). That's why i am asking you this question.

I have tried to click on the option of "auto-dial on demand" but it doesn't seem to work.
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Netman66Commented:
Is ICS setup and running?  

Is this a workstation or server OS?



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hermanlamAuthor Commented:
Yes. ICS is up and running (if i login, click on the icon manually, connect, all the clients will have internet access). The machine that is connecting to the internet with PPPoE is a server OS running win2k3 standard edition.
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