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Joel on Software

How scriptable are Windows's insides?

VPN's are too hard for the lay user to understand.  Even when the systems have been preconfigured for them, they don't "get" what goes on behind the scenes so they don't get why when they click on something, they can't access their files.

The right solution is an application that sits on their desktop that they click on, and it'll do everything they need. If not connected to internet, make that happen.  If VPN isn't established, bring it up.  If the VPN entry isn't there, create it. If the shares they need to access aren't mapped, map them.

I can figure out how to do everything on there except creating and establishing the VPN (basic PPTP stuff).  Any ideas?

Mike B
Monday, June 13, 2005

This was back in 1998 or 1999, but we successfully used the RASAPI (RAS = Remote Access Services) to create a point-to-point dialup connectoid, dialup and make the connection, and establish the VPN.

Google for RASAPI -- it's likely it's still part of the Windows API set and may still work for this purpose.

Sgt. Sausage
Wednesday, June 15, 2005

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