How can I grant a user the ability to connect to the Windows VPN before he logs into Windows 7 Professional?

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How can I grant a user the ability to connect to the Windows VPN before he logs into Windows 7 Professional?

The user needs to be connected to the VPN network before he types in his username and password so that he can be properly authenticated by the Server 2003 R2 domain controller.

How can this be done?
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Commented:
Windows 7 offers this option when a WAN connection of some sort is installed - dial-up, pptp, l2tp, etc.  The option shows up in the lower right-hand corner of the Welcome screen.  However, sometimes when Windows boots it takes us to a password prompt on the Welcome screen as a convenience, but this is one screen past where the "connect using dial-up" icon we need lives.  In this case we need to hit the "switch user" button which takes us back up to the top-level welcome screen, where the icon should be on the lower-right.
ibrahim52Team Leader
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If you need to connect to a Virtual Private Network at windows startup, and you don't want to have the user push connect or enter the password do the following:
1) On the VPN Connect screen, check "Save this user name and password for the following users"
2) Select the "Anyone who uses this computer" radio button
3) Click "Properties" on the VPN Connect screen
4) On the "Options" tab, uncheck:
-"Display progress while connecting"
-"Prompt for name and password, certificate,etc."
5) In Windows Explorer, browse to C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
6) Open a new Windows Explorer and browse to Control Panel\Network Connections
7) Drag the icon of your VPN connection to the Startup folder. This will create a shortcut

Now at Windows startup, the VPN service will launch and connect silently.
ibrahim52Team Leader
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A similar issue has been discussed on microsoft forums.

Referral Link :
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en/w7itpronetworking/thread/7daeb158-8a9b-4cd7-9836-0df63dc0615e
At the login screen, click the Switch User button. A Network logon button will appear in the lower right corner next to the power button. Click this button and you will be presented with buttons for available network connections. Click on the button for your VPN. Enter your Username and Password, and click the arrow button (or press Enter).
IMPORTANT: The “Allow other people to use this connection” checkbox must have been checked when the VPN connection was created. Otherwise the VPN will not be present among the available network connections. If this is the case, just log on as a local administrator and recreate the connection.

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