What Is the Remote Access Connection Manager?

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What Is the Remote Access Connection Manager?
What Is the Remote Access Connection Manager?

The Remote Access Connection Manager, also sometimes referred to as the Remote Access Auto Connection Manager, is a Windows XP service that enables connections to remote networks and to the Internet. The Remote Access Connection Manager may be used for purposes such as allowing an employee with a Windows XP computer at a home office to gain access to network servers and data stores.

  1. Function

    • The Remote Access Connection Manager service establishes a dialog with a remote server. This creates a network connection that allows Windows XP-based computers to access remote networks through, for example, a virtual private network, or VPN. The Remote Access Connection Manager also creates connections to the Internet for Windows XP-based computers connecting either through high-speed Internet access connections such as cable and DSL or through dial-up modem access.

    Default Setting

    • On computers running Windows XP Home Edition, the Remote Access Connection Manager is enabled by default. On computers running Windows XP Professional, the Remote Access Connection Manager is enabled by default only if the computer is not a member of a domain. If the Remote Access Connection Manager service has been disabled, or has been set to manual start, it may be reset to be automatically enabled using the Services Administrative Tool accessed through the Control Panel.

    Windows Firewall

    • The Remote Access Connection Manager service must be enabled on Window XP-based computers that are running the built-in Windows firewall and on Window XP-based computers running Internet Connection Sharing.

    Routers and Gateways

    • The Remote Access Connection Manager service is not required for Windows XP-based computers that are connected by routers or similar hardware gateways. When routers or gateways are in place, their firmware takes on the work of establishing the necessary dialog with the remote server.

    Evolving Software

    • Microsoft's remote access connection tools are frequently updated to improve usability, robustness to maintain compatibility. For example, the Windows XP Remote Access connection manager can be configured for compatibility with Windows Server 2003 Remote Access Server.

    Security

    • Microsoft Remote Access tools provide numerous security features. Authentication and authorization tools may establish specific credentialing requirements that a remote Windows XP system must meet before is allowed to connect to a network. Once a connection has been created, data that is passed between the remote system and the network can be encrypted, and remote systems may be granted access to only specific areas of the network. Similarly, Microsoft Remote Access tools allow remote systems to be completely locked out from network access.

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