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Windows 7 Dial Up connection

Hi,

For a Domain connected machine how can I get a vpn connected before logon once a windows 7 machine is joined to a domain ? Have enabled the VPN for all users and a small blue box is suppose to appear but no joy ? So windows 7 machine can switch on connect to the VPN and then a user logs in that is assigned to that domain ?

Any Ideas ?

Thanks,
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souquetbressandCommented:
You can't.  Unfortunately this is not a supported feature in Windows 7 at this time.  I assume you're using a Cisco system, is that correct?
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NikCommented:
I'm not sure that is possible, unless you're using Direct Access which is available only on Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7
Otherwise, you should be using VPN connection by logging with your local user profile or cached domain profile and then opening a VPN connection.

At least, we're using VPN in this way. I really don't think it is possible to open VPN connection prior to your login, so you can login as you're connected to intranet.
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NikCommented:
Actually, Direct Access won't achieve your goal, but it will automatically connect you to your corporate network once you login to your machine.
This is the only 'minus' to direct access. Once you configure it, you can't disconnect from your corporate network if internet access is available.
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mdj1501Author Commented:
Hi,

This is a nightmare. So a new laptop for a company home based worker on Windows 7. I setup the machine and then setup a PPTP connection to the office. Connect and join to the domain. Reboot and then try and login as that use but can't. ???????

They must be a way ? This is really weird that this is only OS not to support this ?

Thanks in advance ?
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mdj1501Author Commented:
I have about 50+ people using this and now with window 7 it is not supported ?????

Found this but it does not work ?

http://level2it.wordpress.com/2009/11/05/log-on-using-dial-up-connection-is-gone-in-windows-7/
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souquetbressandCommented:
There is no way to support it unless you're running Win7 Enterprise and Server 2008 R2, using DirectAccess.  Unfortunately you're out of luck if you're sticking with Win7 for that machine.  There will probably be support in the future but it could be a while.
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mdj1501Author Commented:
Oh dear this is a bit of trouble then. The only way for now is to make a local user and login that way but I must say I am suprised by this.

Thanks for the comments.
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mdj1501Author Commented:
Sucess. Yes it works but you have to use esc and then you get the blue box !!
Happy days.
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souquetbressandCommented:
Excellent.  Glad you got it working.  Your troubles have been solved and we were zero help!  
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mdj1501Author Commented:
Sorry normally very good on here but just had a break and reread the above post a few times and eventually just using the esc key gives you a blue faded box. Click on this and this set's up the VPN for you and then you can login !!  Just glad I got it going but appreciated your input.

Thanks,

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souquetbressandCommented:
The positive thing is that I'm able to post this solution to another person asking the same question as you are.  They will likely be able to get their system working thanks to your efforts.  We learn something new everyday.  Thank you for being persistent and good luck in your future projects!
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mdj1501Author Commented:
Yep no worries I just kept going at it. I am sure I will not be the only one to ask this. We are all on a learning curve in IT !!

Thanks,
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