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How to Setup L2TP/IPsec VPN on Windows 8

To configure the L2TP/IPsec VPN connection:

  1. Click Control Panel in the side pane that appears on the right
  2. Click on Network and Internet
  3. Click on Network and Sharing Center
  4. Click Setup a new connection or network
  5. Choose Connect to a workplace then click Next
  6. Click Use my Internet Connection (VPN)
  7. In the Internet address field, type one of the following names:

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  8. In the Destination name field, type ServStrong L2TP.
  9. Check Don't connect now then click Next
  10. Type in your VPN Username and Password in their respective fields; leave Domain field blank
  11. Check Remember this password
  12. Click Create and then Close
  13. In Network and Sharing Center, click Change adapter settings
  14. Right-click your new connection and click Properties
  15. On the Security tab, change the dropdown box from Automatic to Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol with IPsec (L2TP/IPsec)
  16. Click Advanced and confirm that the Use presharedkey for authentication and enter "thisismykey" without quotes in key field
  17. On the security tab, change the Data Encryption to Maximum strength encryption to enable 256-bit encryption.
To Connect
  1. Click the Network Icon at the bottom of the side pane that appears on the right
  2. Click on your new connection, and then click on the Connect button
  3. Type in your VPN Username and Password in their respective fields and click Ok
To Disconnect:
  1. Click the Network Icon at the bottom of the side pane that appears on the right
  2. Click the name of your VPN connection, then Disconnect

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