What is Internet Connection Services for RAS?
Internet Connection Services for RAS (Microsoft Remote Access Server) is a Microsoft Windows NT Option Pack add-on for Windows NT that corporations and Internet service providers (ISPs) can use to build comprehensive Internet access solutions such as dial-up virtual private networks (VPNs). Internet Connection Services for Microsoft Remote Access Service (RAS) can provide subscribers with seamless connections, global dial-up, and secure communication over the Internet to private networks.
Internet Connection Services for RAS consists of three components:
- Connection Manager Administration Kit (CMAK), which is used to configure Microsoft Connection Manager (CM)
- Connection Point Services (CPS), which administrators can use to centrally manage network access phone book distribution
- Internet Authentication Service (IAS), which allows users to be authenticated by the Windows NT Security Accounts Manager (SAM) database using the Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service (RADIUS) protocol
Using Internet Connection Services for RAS, you can
- Provide secure remote access to a corporate private network using a Windows NT–based server that has Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP) enabled
- Provide a seamless connection experience for users connecting to the Internet or a VPN
- Provide global dial-up networking services
- Administer access to network access servers from a central location using RADIUS