When you attempt to use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) connection on a Windows Server 2003 computer, you receive a message similar to:
Error 633 - the modem (or other connecting device) is already in use or is not configured properly.
This behavior will occur if TCP port 1723, which VPN uses to establish a connection, is being used by another program.
To resolve this issue, you must:
- Reserve TCP port 1723.
- Identify and kill the program that is currently using TCP port 1723.
- Restart your Windows Server 2003 computer. This may cause the program to use a different port.
I have scripted FixVPN.bat to assist you in this task. When you open a CMD.EXE window on your Windows Server 2003 and type FixVPN, the script will:
- Add 1723-1723 to the ReservedPorts Value Name, a REG_MULTI_SZ data type, at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters.
- Use netstat -aon to determine the process that is using TCP port 1723.
- Prompt you to kill the offending process.
@echo off setlocal set key=HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters call :getRP>nul 2>&1 @echo reg add %key% /V ReservedPorts /T REG_MULTI_SZ /D "%ReservedPorts%" /F reg add %key% /V ReservedPorts /T REG_MULTI_SZ /D "%ReservedPorts%" /F @echo. @echo Proto Local Address Foreign Address State PID for /f "Tokens=*" %%a in ('netstat -aon^|FIND "TCP "^|FINDSTR /L /C:":1723 "') do ( set line=%%a for /f "Tokens=4,5" %%b in ('@echo %%a') do ( if "%%c" EQU "" call :TK %%b if "%%c" NEQ "" call :TK %%c ) ) endlocal goto :EOF :getRP set ReservedPorts=## for /f "Tokens=3" %%a in ('reg query %key% /V ReservedPorts ^|FIND "\0\0"') do ( set ReservedPorts=%%a## ) if "%ReservedPorts%" EQU "##" set ReservedPorts=1723-1723&goto :EOF set ReservedPorts=%ReservedPorts:\0\0=\01723-1723% set ReservedPorts=%ReservedPorts:##=% goto :EOF :TK @echo %line% :TK1 set /P ans=Do you want to kill PID %1^? Reply Y or N. if /i "%ans%" EQU "N" goto :EOF if /i "%ans%" NEQ "Y" goto TK1 taskkill /PID %1 /F