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VPN Server 2012 - unable to connect

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Hi Experts,

I have configured an L2TP VPN on my windows 2012 server. I have configure my mac client and it connects no problems. I try to configure my windows client and i receive error 809 cannot connect speak to your network administrator.

Any advise would be welcomed.

Thanks in advance.
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by:cgreiner
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Not helpful, but I have the same problem. The server in question is behind a NAT firewall and does not have a public IP address directly assigned to a network interface.
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by:Rob Jurd, EE MVE
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Sounds like the windows client may be firewalling the connection.  Have you tried disabling the firewall on the client?
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by:weinberk
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Out of the box, MS workstations don't support L2TP when the server is behind a NAT router.  Is yours?

See general info here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/926179 

Hope this gets you started...
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by:Aaron Tomosky
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Weinbark is correct, howerer another workaround is to use PPTP (for all or just for windows workstations). It works fine through NAT without client changes. Or you can get a router that allows you to terminate your vpn connections there. For example I have setup a sonicwall configured to auth to your active directory but terminate the vpn at the router.
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weinberk earned 500 total points
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Sure PPTP will work, but MUCH more secure and easier to use from more locations is SSTP, Microsoft's proprietary newish technology.  It has you use a SSL certificate installed on the host, so your client knows where it's connecting to is legit and it uses port 443 (https) so it'll work from about everywhere, even where they have port 1723 and GRE (needed for PPTP) blocked.

Downside, is that it requires Windows for now (maybe there's 3rd party clients that I don't know about).
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by:isdd2000
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Hi Guys,

It is behind a NAT, its just a standarded modem but it is running NAT - will try the registry changes and get back to you.
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