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I have a Windows 7 laptop.  I'd like the user to be able to launch one icon to both connect to the VPN (ms built in vpn client) and then map network drives.

I tried rasdial but it didn't connect.

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by:Qlemo
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rasdial is correct, but you need a phonebook file first defining a name and protocol to use. You can create that file once with rasphone and a generic name like PPTP or MSVPN, then copy that rasphone.pbk file with your batch file. Then it's just
@echo off
rasdial pptp «User» «Pwd» /domain:«Domain» /phone:«IP-Address» /phonebook:PPTP.pbk
net use * \\server1\share1
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by:blakogre
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When I type "Rasphone" I get a small gui window with a dropdown, with the VPN connection I created earlier.

That VPN connection already has user/pwd/domain/IP in it...

I still need to include that all in the rasdial line?
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by:Qlemo
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No. If you only need to kick on the connection, you can use
   rasdial «connectionname»
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   rasphone -d «connectionname»
rasphone is visibly connecting, while rasdial is "silent".
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by:blakogre
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Ya, and "rasdial "connection name" was giving me incorrect username/pw, when the VPN itself would connect just fine.  so I presumed i was using it incorrectly...
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by:Qlemo
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rasdial should use the credentials stored in the PBK file. rasphone does without doubt.
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by:blakogre
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rasdial seems to be correctly identify the VPN connection, as if i mis-spell it, etc, it lets me know it can't find it.

This is a brand new laptop, so there's nothing else it could be possibly looking at, as no other connections, etc have been set up using that name.

however, it's erroring out with incorrect username/pw

rasdial with the entry name and me manually supplying the u/n p/w also gives same error.
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by:Qlemo
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I'm using rasdial on W2k, XP, Vista, W7 without issues - but I always provide ALL data (gateway, user/pwd, phonebook).

In your last sentence, should that have been rasphone instead of rasdial?
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by:blakogre
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rasdial - the command line, non-gui option, meaning, by manuallly - supplying the u/n and pw etc, as part of the command line.
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by:Qlemo
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If you have anything defined on that machine, use rasphone.
I don't know why you have issues with rasdial - providing user and password on the commandline does work in any case I have used or recommended it.
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the issue with rasphone, is I simply wanted them to launch a bat, connect via vpn, and them have the drives mapped...
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by:blakogre
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in that case -- i can just make a shortcut to the VPN connection...
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I think I get what you mean now. rasphone -d does not dial out (anymore), and when used in a batch file you do not know when the connection is established.

As said, I don't know why rasdial does not work for you. Could you try to provide all info as shown in http:#34944443 ? The phonebook is either "%AppData%\Microsoft\Network\Connections\Pbk\rasphone.pbk" or "C:\Users\All Users\Microsoft\Network\Connections\Pbk\rasphone.pbk".
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by:blakogre
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Unfortunately, I no longer have access to this as it is in shipping/transit.  I was not able to resolve it, but I'm presuming it should work for most people.
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