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Is it possible to establish a VPN connection programmatically?

I want to establish a VPN connection programmatically (when I run my VB.NET application, the app will create a VPN without the needing the user -runs win2k- establishes the connection). Is it possible to do it programmatically and how or the only way to do it is manually?

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Microsoft provides a command-line tool that you can invoke from your application to set up IPsec policy. From the Microsoft website:
"Ipsecpol.exe: Internet Protocol Security Policies Tool
 Posted: July 13, 2001
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This command-line tool configures Internet Protocol Security (IPSec) policies in the Directory Service, or in a local or remote registry. It does everything that the IPSec Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in does, and is even modeled after the snap-in. IPSecPol has two mutually exclusive modes: dynamic and static. The default mode is dynamic. This tool runs only on Microsoft Windows 2000."

There is an equivalent tool (ipseccmd) for Windows XP.

This was first published in January 2004

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