Morris-Clan.Net and Scheib-Clan.Net Connection Configuration


  1. Introduction
  2. VPN Setup
    1. VPN Notes and Warnings
    2. Linux
    3. Windows
      1. Windows 2000 VPN Setup via PPTP
      2. Windows 98 VPN Setup via PPTP
  3. Email Setup
  4. Web Page Setup


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 connection.

The remainder of this document describes the configuration needed for VPN setup.

VPN Setup

VPN Notes and Warnings

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.
  • Linux

    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 package).


    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 disk.

    Windows 2000 VPN Setup via PPTP

    Follow these steps for VPN setup in Windows 2000 using PPTP:
    1. Minimize all windows and right-Click on the My Network Places icon on the desktop.
    2. Select Properties from the menu that appears.
    3. 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

    4. A new dialog window will appear titled Network Connection Wizard. Select the Next button in this window.
    5. 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

    6. 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

    7. 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

    8. 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.
    9. 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.
    10. 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

    11. 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.
    12. 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

    13. From the drop-down list in the new window, select Optional encryption (connect even if no encryption). See Figure W2k-7.
    14. Below the drop-down list, check the box titled Unencrypted password(PAP). See Figure 7.

      FIGURE W2k-7: Advanced Security Settings Dialog

    15. 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.
    16. Now that you are back in the Properties window of Figure W2k-6, click on the Networking tab.
    17. Select Internet protocol (TCP/IP) and click on the Properties button as is shown in Figure W2k-8.

      FIGURE W2k-8: VPN Networking Properties

    18. In the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Properties window that appears, click on the Advanced button.
    19. 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

    20. 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 internet connection
    21. 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 Connect button.
    22. 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

    23. 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 and ready for use! You can enter vpn settings into your email client as described in Email Setup below.

    Windows 98 VPN Setup via PPTP

    Follow these steps for VPN setup in Windows 98 using PPTP:
    1. Open the Control Panel from the Settings button of the Start menu.
    2. Open the Add/Remove Programs dialog
    3. Select the Windows Setup tab
    4. Scroll down to Communications and select Details as is shown in Figure W98-1.
    5. FIGURE W98-1: Add/Remove Programs

      FIGURE W98-2: Communications Details

    6. Scroll down to Virtual Private Networking, and select the check-box as is shown in Figure W98-2 above.
    7. Select the OK in both dialogs, and reboot the computer if prompted!
    8. Open the Dial-Up Networking dialog from My Computer.
    9. Select the Make New Connection icon.
    10. 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.
    11. FIGURE W98-3: VPN Name and Device

      FIGURE W98-4: VPN Host

    12. Type in the host name for the VPN connection, as listed in Configurations (see Figure W98-4).
    13. Select Next, then Finish in the next box. The VPN has not been created
    14. 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.
    15. Go to the Server Types tab.
    16. Only the options listed below should be selected. De-select any extra options that are currently selected. (see Figure W98-5)
      1. Log on to network
      2. Enable software compression
      3. TCP/IP
    17. FIGURE W98-5: Server Types Properties Window

    18. Click on the TCP/IP Settings button.
    19. 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.
    20. FIGURE W98-6: TCP/IP Settings

    21. Select OK in both the TCP/IP Settings window and the VPN settings window.
    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.

    Email Setup

    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 purchased version.

    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 email).