Internet Connection Services for Microsoft Remote Access Service (RAS)

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

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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