How to setup a VPN client connection using the built in Microsoft VPN Client
-Right click Internet
-Click Internet Properties
-Click the Connections tab along the top row
-Select "Connect to the network at my workplace"
-Select "Virtual Private Network connection"
-Type in the name of your company
-Select "Do not dial the initial connection" (unless you have dial up internet service at home)
-Type in the host name or ip address of your vpn server location
-Put a checkmark in "Add a shortcut to..."
-Go to your main desktop screen and double click this new icon.
-If you were not provided with a key, skip the rest of this step and go to Step 13
-If you have a key, click Properties
-Click the Security tab along the top row
-Click IPSec Settings
-Put a checkmark in "Use pre-shared key for authentication"
-Type in the key name provided to you
-Click Ok again
-Type in your username and password provided to you
You should now be connected to your main network and you can now proceed as you normally would, directly communicating with servers inside the main network.
You may notice an icon down near your clock indicating that you are now connected to your main network.
You can always double click this icon...
...or the new desktop icon to disconnect