If you want to check if your PPTP VPN Server is alive and responding via a script you can run the standard windows rasdial command from a windows batch file:
rasdial entryname username password
However to do this you the have to include a username and password in the batch file which may be a tad insecure.
A better approach although not entirely secure is to use Kix to script the rasdial connection and then tokenize it:
For example say you create the following and call it checkVPN.kix:
$VPNCON="theHostnameOrIPaddressOfYourVPNServer" ; set user and pass in your kix file $USER=xxxxxxxxx $PW=xxxxxxxxxxx ? "Connecting to $VPNCON" shell "rasdial $VPNCON $USER $PW"
Then you get a command prompt up and use kix32.exe to tokenize it thusly:
kix32.exe /t checkVPN.kix
The above command will output a file named checkVPN.KX with content not readable to humans:
You then can launch that tokenized script using a windows batch file with the following syntax:
@ECHO OFF set PATH=%0\..\;%PATH% REM echo %PATH% %0\..\Kix32.exe %0\..\checkVPN.KX
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