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Copy VPN Settings from one computer to another?

Posted on 2007-08-10
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Last Modified: 2008-10-09
Is there a way to copy Microsoft VPN Settings between two computers? Both systems are running Windows XP Professional.

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If you are using Microsoft VPN [PPTP]; then on another machine you can create a network connection for VPN and specify the public IP of your server; once you connect you would be prompted for username/password.

There is no VPN specific setting which you need to copy in case of PPTP.

If you have configured WINS/DNS/hosts files for name lookup on the first machine then you need to configure these setting on the other machine as well.

Thank you.
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Rob Williams earned 1500 total points
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The Microsoft CMAK (Connection Manager Administration Kit) is designed for that purpose, to create and configure VPN, and other, connections and automatically deploy them:
However a single VPN connection is probably much simpler to just re-create.
You cannot simply copy the connection.
If you happen to be connecting to a SBS, you can download the VPN connection from the Remote Web Workplace page, or use SBS to create a VPN client installation disk.

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Great tool, RobWill! Thanks... This worked perfectly for us.
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Glad to hear btstump .
Cheers !

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Actually you can easily copy the VPN settings from one XP machine to another. I've done it several times and it is completely seamless and transparent.

Browse to "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\Network\Connections\Pbk" and copy the "RASPHONE.PBK" file to the same location on whatever computer you want. That's it!

FYI, PBK is short for PhoneBooK.

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Nice to know that, USWired. I do think the Connection Manager route is a bit cleaner for having clients self-install- ie I can just email them an attachment which they can run... it then sets it up for them.

But your route is simpler in situations where you want to quickly and easily copy it, without having to go through the whole connection manager configuration wizard.

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Thanks! And considering that I have about a dozen VPN connections to various clients, copying the PBK file is much easier for me.

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