I am connecting to a cisco VPN router via PPTP on my windows 7 Ultimate machine. Like most VPN's, it connects just fine but also redirects all of my traffic through the VPN. I really only need RDP access when I use this specific VPN and maybe later down the road a few other services.

My local network is using and the remote network is using

Is there any way to make this vpn conneciton only use RDP (program or specific ports) via windows firewall or something else?

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    – Alex Povel
    Apr 26, 2021 at 19:33

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Can you uncheck "Use default gateway on remote network" in Properties for the VPN connection? It is hidden away in Networking, IPv4 Properties, Advanced, IP Settings.

  • I tried that but then I don't have any DNS entries for the servers I am trying to connect to. May 2, 2012 at 20:28
  • But it works if you use the IP address?
    – fstx
    May 3, 2012 at 4:29
  • THe PPTP server can send a name server address for the connection. You can check with ipconfig /all if there is one.
    – fstx
    May 3, 2012 at 4:32
  • Yeah IP's work but it is easier to remember DNS names rather than IP's May 3, 2012 at 4:34
  • Of course, but it relevant to know when trying to help. If the name server IP is there, try the fully qualified name.
    – fstx
    May 3, 2012 at 4:44

You need to set up split tunneling. With split tunneling you can direct all traffic destined for to use the tunnel and all other traffic to use your default gateway. You are not splitting based on what application you are using but where the traffic is headed. I don't know that you can do specific ports unless you also use some kind of proxy.

Also note that if you don't administer the Cicsco VPN router, you may not be able to this.

  • I am the administrator of the router but I see no option for that. I am using the RV180W which is fairly limited compared to the higher end models May 2, 2012 at 20:47

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