Morris-Clan.Net and Scheib-Clan.Net Connection Configuration
Placing an open-relay mail server on the internet
is dangerous, so a VPN must be used to connect before
any email may be sent, though messages can still be downloaded without a
- VPN Setup
- VPN Notes and Warnings
- Windows 2000 VPN Setup via PPTP
- Windows 98 VPN Setup via PPTP
- Email Setup
- Web Page Setup
The remainder of this document describes the configuration needed for VPN
When using a VPN, there are a few items you must be aware of:
If you are connecting to a VPN through a firewall, such as from inside
the private network of a company, the VPN will probably not connect. If
this happens, it means that the firewall is filtering out internet traffic
required for VPN communication. To avoid this, you must either contact the
network's system administartor, or use a dial-up connection to an ISP
outside of the corporate network (where there will be no firewall).
At the present time, the VPN connection utilizes no encryption, so plan
accordingly if privacy is an issue. Note that the VPN might be changed to
an encrypted connection at some time in the future.
At the moment, no Linux VPN setup is available. To send mail, an SMTP mail
server must be setup on the local machine (for example, the postfix
The Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP) is used for M$ Windows VPN
connections. To install the VPN, you will need access to your installation
Follow these steps for VPN setup in Windows 2000 using PPTP:
The VPN is now configured and ready for use! You can enter vpn settings
into your email client as described in Email Setup
Follow these steps for VPN setup in Windows 98 using PPTP:
- Minimize all windows and right-Click on the My Network
Places icon on the desktop.
- Select Properties from the menu that appears.
- In the window that appears, select the Make New Connection
icon as is shown in Figure W2k-1.
FIGURE W2k-1: Network and Dial-up Connections Dialog
- A new dialog window will appear titled Network Connection
Wizard. Select the Next button in this window.
- Select Connect to a private network through the Internet
from the listing titled Network Connection Type as is shown
if Figure W2k-2, and click on the Next button.
FIGURE W2k-2: Network Connection Type
- If you want Windows to automatically dial an internet connection
before connecting the VPN (this would be normal), in the next
dialog select Automatically dial this internet connection,
and the appropriate connection to dial from the drop-down list.
See Figure W2k-3.
If you choose not to automatically dial the internet
(select Do not dial the initial connection), you will have
to open the internet connection yourself first, or be connected to
a network that has internet access. Be aware, however, that in the
case of a network, there will usually be a firewall that will
prevent the VPN connection for reasons of security.
When you have selected the appropriate option, click on the
Next button to continue.
FIGURE W2k-3: Auto-Dialing an Internet Connection
- In the next dialog titled Destination Address, enter the
host name of the VPN server as listed on the
Server Addresses page, and click the
Next button to continue. See Figure W2k-4.
FIGURE W2k-4: Destination Address
- In the next dialog titled Connection Availability you will
normally want to selecst For all users as otherwise the
connection will only be available when you log in, not when other
people log into the system. Click Next to continue when you
have chosen an appropriate setting.
- In the final dialog, enter a name for the connection (such as
Morris-Clan.Net VPN and click the Finish button to
complete the Network Connection Wizard.
- At this time, the VPN will try to connectect. Cancel the
connection as we still have more settings to change. See
Figure 5 for the dialog that will appear.
FIGURE W2k-5: Initial Connection Dialog
- Back in the Network and Dial-up Connections window that you
opened earlier, right-click on the connection you just created, and
select Properties from the menu that appears.
- In the window that now appears, select the Security tab and
click on the Settings button as is shown in Figure 6.
FIGURE W2k-6: VPN Properties Security Tab
- From the drop-down list in the new window, select Optional
encryption (connect even if no encryption). See Figure
- Below the drop-down list, check the box titled Unencrypted
password(PAP). See Figure 7.
FIGURE W2k-7: Advanced Security Settings Dialog
- Select the OK button in the Advanced Security
Settings window to return to the Properties window. A message
will appear warning you that no encryption will be required.
Select Yes in this dialog to continue.
- Now that you are back in the Properties window of
Figure W2k-6, click on the Networking tab.
- Select Internet protocol (TCP/IP) and click on the
Properties button as is shown in Figure W2k-8.
FIGURE W2k-8: VPN Networking Properties
- In the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Properties window that
appears, click on the Advanced button.
- In the Advanced TCP/IP Settings window, de-select the
check-box labled Use default gateway on remote network, and
select the OK button in both this and the previous
dialog. See Figure W2k-9.
FIGURE W2k-9: Advanced TCP/IP Settings Dialog
- The VPN is now fully configured! To open the connection, simply
double click on the icon for the connection you created (in the
Network and Dial-up Connections window). Note that if you
did not select the option to auto-dial an internet connection
above, you must start up your internet connection yourself before
this step. Otherwise, select Yes when prompted to dial your
- After your internet connection has finished dialing, you will be
prompted for a username and password. Enter the information that
was emailed to you when the account was setup, and click on the
- When the VPN is finished connecting, you will see two icons in the
system tray instead of one which is standard (See Figure W2k-10).
FIGURE W2k-10: Network Connection Type
- If you chose the autodial option during the VPN setup, you can
disconnect both the VPN and your internet connection at the same
time by disconnecting either connection (simply right-click on the
icons in the system tray and select disconnect). If you did not
choose the autodial option, you will have to disconnect the VPN
before disconnecting your internet connection.
The VPN is now configured. To connect to the VPN, first dial up the
internet as you normally would, then double-click on the VPN connection you
just created. When prompted, enter the username and password provided by
the system administrator. When finished with the VPN connection,
disconnect as you normally would.
While any email client can be used, Eudora is the recommended email reader
and is available from the Eudora Web
Site. A free version is available, as well as a nag-ware version and a
- Open the Control Panel from the Settings button of the
- Open the Add/Remove Programs dialog
- Select the Windows Setup tab
- Scroll down to Communications and select Details as is
shown in Figure W98-1.
FIGURE W98-1: Add/Remove Programs
FIGURE W98-2: Communications Details
- Scroll down to Virtual Private Networking, and select the
check-box as is shown in Figure W98-2 above.
- Select the OK in both dialogs, and reboot the computer if
- Open the Dial-Up Networking dialog from My Computer.
- Select the Make New Connection icon.
- Type in a name for the connection, and select Microsoft VPN
Adapter from the drop-down list of devices as is shown in Figure W98-3.
Select Next when this information has been entered.
FIGURE W98-3: VPN Name and Device
FIGURE W98-4: VPN Host
- Type in the host name for the VPN connection, as listed in
Configurations (see Figure W98-4).
- Select Next, then Finish in the next box. The VPN has
not been created
- The VPN must now be configured. Right-click on the connection just
created. It will be have the name entered in step #9 above. Select
Properties from the menu that appears.
- Go to the Server Types tab.
- Only the options listed below should be selected. De-select any extra
options that are currently selected. (see Figure W98-5)
- Log on to network
- Enable software compression
FIGURE W98-5: Server Types Properties Window
- Click on the TCP/IP Settings button.
- De-Select the option Use default gateway on remote network. All
other settings should be left on the default values, as per Figure W98-6.
FIGURE W98-6: TCP/IP Settings
- Select OK in both the TCP/IP Settings window and the VPN
When entering settings into the email client, refer to the
Configurations Table. Note that the
POP3 server entered into the email client configuration
can be either the VPN or the Public POP3 server host name. If you enter
the Public Host Name, you will not need to connect to the VPN in order to
download email (though you must always connect to the VPN when sending