The default way to connect to a VPN (standard includedd MS client) seems to be to click on the network icon in the system tray to expand it, then pick the VPN connection, and click the connect button. This brings up a dialog where you can enter your username and password.

I have told the VPN connection to remember my credentials. Is there some way I can skip that dialog and just have it connect?

I have tried using rasdial.exe, and I can connect as long as I pass the username and password as arguments. It doesn't seem to want to use the stored credentials for some reason, maybe I need to store them with an elevated account.


You can use rasphone.exe to dial a connection using stored credentials:

rasphone -d "VPN NAME"

Hangup with:

rasphone -h "VPN NAME"

You'll also need to go into the option tab of the properties for your VPN connection and uncheck "Prompt for name and password, certificate, etc."

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  • Thanks - I wasn't familiar with rasphone. When I ran "rasphone -d MyVPN" it just popped up the dialog - it didn't dial automatically. Is there a way to dial automatically and skip the dialog? – Goyuix Mar 28 '15 at 16:09
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    Read to the end of my post... in vpn properties->options you can disable the password dialog. – Jules Apr 7 '15 at 22:08
  • Once that box is unchecked for "Prompt for name.." both rasphone and rasdial appear to work as desired. Thanks! – Goyuix Apr 8 '15 at 15:31
  • rasphone -d "VPNCONNECTION" when Options are set as described works for me. For some reason rasdial won't use my cached credentials. I'm off & running with rasphone, so I'm happy. Thanks. – rich p Nov 19 '15 at 16:40

Create a .bat file with following command:

%windir%\system32\rasdial.exe "VPN NAME" /DOMAIN:

"VPN Name" would be the VPN connection name that you have given under Networking and Sharing Center. Quotes are required.

UserID and Password are required even if you have set the option to save your credentials.

Once the batch file is created you can assign a keyboard shortcut for instant access.

For disconnection, create another batch file with below command:

%windir%\system32\rasdial.exe "VPN NAME" /DISCONNECT

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rasdial EntryName Username Password


rasdial EntryName /disconnect

EnteryName is name of your VPN connection

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To connect to VPN without user interaction and to avoid write down the password in the batch file you can use ...

rasphone -d VPNname

... and remove "Prompt for Username and password" dialog with this answer ... https://superuser.com/a/1027290/418793

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Once you've saved the credentials, go into VPN properties-->options and uncheck "Prompt for name and password, certificate, etc." and you're good to go!

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  • Even with checking that option rasdial.exe does not use the stored credential. – Goyuix Jul 29 '10 at 14:12
  • The Op is not asking about how to avoid entering credentials into the connection window, rather how to avoid it all together! – JL. Aug 16 '10 at 20:31

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