Internet Connection Services for Microsoft Remote Access Service (RAS)

Definition of Internet Connection Services for Microsoft Remote Access Service (RAS) in The Network Encyclopedia.

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