Enable the Routing and Remote Access service

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To enable the Routing and Remote Access service

  1. If this server is a member of an Active Directory domain and you are not a domain administrator, instruct your domain administrator to add the computer account of this server to the RAS and IAS Servers security group in the domain of which this server is a member. The domain administrator can add the computer account to the RAS and IAS Servers security group by using Active Directory Users and Computers or with the netsh ras add registeredserver command. If this server is using local authentication or is authenticating against a RADIUS server, skip this step.

  2. Open Routing and Remote Access.

  3. By default, the local computer is listed as a server.

    To add another server, in the console tree, right-click Server Status, and then click Add Server.

    In the Add Server dialog box, click the applicable option, and then click OK.

  4. In the console tree, right-click the server you want to enable, and then click Configure and Enable Routing and Remote Access.

  5. Follow the instructions in the Routing and Remote Access Server Setup Wizard.


  • To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Administrators group. As a security best practice, consider using the Run As command rather than logging on with administrative credentials. If you have logged on with administrative credentials, you can also open Routing and Remote Access by clicking Start, clicking Control Panel, double-clicking Administrative Tools, and then double-clicking Routing and Remote Access. For more information, see Default local groups, Default groups, and Using Run as.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

See Also


Working with MMC console files
Installing the router
Installing the remote access server
Netsh commands for remote access