Windows PC PPTP Server

birds on a wireIt’s fairly easy to set up a PPTP VPN server. Until 2012, they were considered secure. Now they’re considered mostly secure, which is a nice way of saying not secure. Even so, they’re still in use and manufacturers make PPTP oriented VPN servers a common option for file transfers.

The issue with PPTP is that a company called CloudCracker offers a service that can decrypt the authentication information being sent to the server. In other words, they can hack your password. SSL oriented communication, aka HTTPS,  is still considered secure and should be considered by you in place of  PPTP.

Each platform that can become a PPTP server configures differently. The client PC that connects is always configured the same. For this purpose, the instructions for PPTP client configuration are in one place. This removes the need to repeat them several times in several posts that each explain how to build PPTP servers on different technologies.

How to Configure Windows PC PPTP Client (toward the bottom). I put them here to drill in (nag about) the security issues with PPTP.

You’ll contact your PPTP server over the internet using your URL as a part of the client configuration. If you’re using DDNS, this information will be helpful.

How To Make a Windows PC PPTP Server

Open the Network and Sharing Center. In the left panel, click Change Adapter Settings. On this screen, click File, then select New Incoming Connection.


Select the authorized users.pptp-pc03###

Answer the question.


Fill in the boxes.



Remember the name.

You’ll use it in Windows Explorer on the client PC to access the server. In this case, you would type \\WKSTN02 into Windows Explorer after making the connection.