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Verifying a Windows 2003 SBS System is Functioning as a VPN Server

To ensure a Microsoft Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2003 system is functioning as a VPN server, take the following steps:
  1. Click on Start.
  2. Choose All Programs.
  3. Choose Administrative Tools.
  4. Choose Routing and Remote Access.
  5. Right-click on the server name and choose Properties.
  6. Under the General tab, ensure check "Remote access server" is checked.
  7. Click on OK.
  8. You can then close the Routing and Remote Access window.

You can also verify that the systems is functioning as a VPN server by obtaining a command prompt and issuing the command netstat -a | find "pptp". You should see a "LISTENING" line displayed indicating the system is listening on the Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP) connection.

C:\>netstat -a | find "pptp"
  TCP    ANDY:pptp              ANDY.example.lan:0    LISTENING

TCP port 1723 is used for PPTP, which you can see if you use netstat -an instead of netstat -a, so that numbers are displayed rather than text descriptions for ports. If a VPN connection is active at the time you issue the command, you will see the remote IP address displayed.

C:\>netstat -an | find "1723"
  TCP               LISTENING
  UDP          *:*

If you wish to monitor VPN connections on the SBS 2003 sever, see Checking User VPN Connections on SBS 2003.

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