How to Allow Remote VPN Access for a Domain User

By Maya Austen

The process of configuring a user's property settings to allow remote VPN access is slightly different when the account is a domain user account, as opposed to a local user account. Local user property settings are adjusted through the computer management utility in Windows operating systems while domain user property settings are adjusted through the active directory users and computers utility in Windows server software. In order to grant a domain user remote VPN access, you have to have access to your network's domain controller computer.

Things You'll Need

  • Access to domain controller computer

Step 1

Login to your network server using a user account with administrator privileges.

Step 2

Click "Start," point to All Programs, go to Administrative Tools and select "Active Directory Users and Computers" to open the Active Directory Users and Computers window.

Step 3

Click the plus sign next to your domain name, which should be listed in the console tree located in the left-side window panel. Click the "User" node located within your domain name folder. A list of all the domain user accounts will appear in the right-side window panel.

Step 4

Locate and double-click on the domain user account you would like to grant remote VPN access to. The Properties box for the selected domain user will open up.

Step 5

Go to the Dial-in tab. In the Remote Access Permissions (Dial-in or VPN) section, click the "Allow access" radio button. Click "Apply" to save your new settings. Click "OK" to close the Properties box.

Step 6

Repeat steps 4 and 5 for any other domain user account you would like to grant remote VPN access to.

Tips & Warnings

  • The process outlined above assumes that you already have a VPN Client Remote Access Policy set up. If you do not, you need to set one up. Use the New Remote Access Policy wizard to create the policy. To open the New Remote Access Policy wizard, click "Start," point to "All Programs," go to Administrative Tools and select "Routing and Remote Access." Click the plus sign next to your server name listed in the console tree in the left-side window panel. Right-click on "Remote Access Policies" and select "New Remote Access Policy" from the popup shortcut menu. The Remote Access Policies wizard will open. Follow the wizard's prompts to set up a policy.
  • You cannot grant domain users remote VPN access unless you have a remote VPN policy in place.