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Posted on 2007-03-21
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I am trying to enable VPN on a client XP Pro laptop, where the user has done some "cleanup" on his machine and disabled some tasks using a 3rd party program called WinTasks (sort of like a smart version of msconfig).  That said, he managed to kill his local VPN client that he uses to connect to our server when he is remote.  When I try to create a new connection by:
1.  Go to My Network Places
2.  Select View Network Connections
3.  Select Create a New Network Connection
4.  Select Connect to the Network at My Workplace
5.  * THE VPN and DIALUP MENU IS COMPLETELY GREYED OUT***
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which Is where the problem is.  Any clue as to what is broken or how to fix this?

- Thanks, Pat


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by:Phadke_hemant
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try to revert back the changes in WinTasks if possible
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by:pparker900
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I'm not sure about this, but even so, he does not know what he disabled that has caused the problem.  Therefore, do you know what is required in the OS that may have created this problem?
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by:Phadke_hemant
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is there any other connection? is that working? or nothing is working?
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by:Phadke_hemant
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which vpn client he is using? check the service for that client, if disabled, enable and start the service
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by:rindi
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reinstall VPN Server.
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by:pparker900
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How do I do this?
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by:pparker900
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Answers to the above questions:

1.  He has been using the VPN client that comes with XP, which he managed to break
2.  The Dialup connection is also grayed out, but he does not use that
3.  The Ethernet client (wired and wireless) are running ok
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by:Phadke_hemant
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reinstall the vpn client but i'm not sure if this solves your issue, just make a try
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Calmar46 earned 500 total points
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Sounds like a failure of the Remote Access Connection Manager. Also check its dependencies under Services.
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by:rindi
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I read this thing wrong, I thought you were talking of VNC and not VPN, sorry.
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by:pparker900
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All,

Thank you for the suggestions!  As suggested by Calmar46, it was the telephony dependency that was disabled.  Re-enabling this task allowed for the VPN to be renabled as well.

My personal thanks to all of you for helping so quickly!!!!!

- Pat
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