I make VPN connections using Vista's Connection Manager, and would like to disconnect the VPN connection from the command line so I can create a shortcut command called vpn.disconnect in Promptu Launcher.

How can I disconnect the VPN connection via the command line?


Check out Rasdial (part of Windows):


    rasdial entryname [username [password|*]] [/DOMAIN:domain]
            [/PHONE:phonenumber] [/CALLBACK:callbacknumber]
            [/PHONEBOOK:phonebookfile] [/PREFIXSUFFIX]

    rasdial [entryname] /DISCONNECT


So to hang up a vpn named 'The VPN' it'd be:

c:\>rasdial "The VPN" /DISCONNECT


  • Works great - thanks for your help! I would upvote your answer too, but I don't quite have enough points yet. Apr 23 '10 at 14:34
  • 2
    Using it with no entryname appears to disconnect everything; e.g. rasdial /DISCONNECT
    – derGral
    Jun 26 '12 at 6:58

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