Network interfaces enable an RRAS server to communicate with other computers over private or public networks. The physical hardware, such as a network adapter, and the network interface configuration are of particular interest when configuring RRAS.
In RRAS, network interfaces are categorized as follows:
- Private interface. A private interface
is a network adapter that is physically connected to a private
network. Most private networks are configured with a private
network IP address range, and the private interface is also
configured with a private address. Because a private network is, in
theory, composed of known users and computers, you generally have
fewer security considerations for a private interface than for a
- Public interface. A public interface
is a network adapter that is physically connected to a public
network, such as the Internet. The public interface is configured
with a public IP address. You can configure a public interface to
perform network address translation (NAT). Because a public
interface is theoretically accessible to anyone on the public
network, security considerations are generally higher for a public
interface than for a private interface.
- Demand-dial interface. Demand-dial
interfaces connect specified routers on either public or private
networks. A demand-dial interface can be either on-demand
(activated only when needed) or persistent (always connected).
When you select Network Interfaces, the details pane displays the currently detected and installed interfaces.
- The RRAS server detects physical network
adapters automatically when you run the RRAS Setup Wizard. If you
install an additional network adapter after the wizard has been
run, you can add and configure the interface using the RRAS MMC
- To create a new demand-dial interface,
right-click Network Interfaces, click New Demand-dial
Interface, and then follow the steps in the Demand-Dial
Interfaces for physical network adapters cannot be configured in this window.
To configure a demand-dial interface, right-click the interface, click Properties, and then configure the settings on the Demand-Dial Properties page.
You can also configure packet filters for demand-dial interfaces. Right-click the interface, and then click either Set IP Demand-dial Filters or Set IPv6 Demand-dial Filters.
- Entries in the RRAS MMC
- Network Address Translation
- Demand-Dial Routing
- Demand-Dial Interface
- Demand-dial Interface -
- Network Interfaces -
Demand-dial - Set IP Demand-dial Filters
- Network Interfaces -
Demand-dial - Set IPv6 Demand-dial Filters
- Configure Static Packet Filters