How To Enable Remote Access Connection Manager (RasMan)

Remote Access Connection Manager (RasMan) is a Windows service that handles both VPN and Dial-up connections. This post will clarify what it is, how to enable or disable it, and how to modify its settings.

Key Takeaways

  • Remote Access Connection Manager (RasMan) is a Windows service that handles both VPN and Dial-up connections.
  • Some services on Windows or Windows Server may not function properly if RasMan is disabled.
  • RasMan is not a big burden on your resources, but it may seem wasteful to keep it running in the background.
  • The RasMan does not come with a control panel, but you can change the settings for VPN and Dial-up, and then modify the way RasMan behaves.

What is the Virtual Private Network (VPN) ?

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection is a secure network connection from your device to a private network. You can use a VPN connection to reach your company’s internal server so that you can work remotely, for instance.

You can also use a VPN connection to shield your web browsing habits from being monitored by the Internet service provider. Popular paid VPN services are NordVPN, ExpressVPN, PureVPN, and SurfEasy.

VPN and remote desktop have some similarities, but they function differently. A remote desktop (or RDP) will give you control over the entire device, while A VPN will give you a network access.

If you have connected to a VPN or dial-up network on your Windows device, you may find RasMan in your recent running processes. It is a required mechanism that should not be disabled unless you are using a dial-up or a VPN on your computer.

What Is a Remote Access Connection Manager?

Remote Access Connection Manager (RasMan) is a Windows utility for accessing VPN or Dial-up connections. It helps to establish the connection and transferring the information. As dial-up connections are mostly out of favor, RasMan is used for setting up VPN connections and establishing remote access.

VPNs can be used as a way of concealing your browsing information from your ISP. It is also a secure way of accessing your work network whilst at home or on travel.

But what if you are not using a VPN or Dial-up network? RasMan process can constantly run in the background of your Windows and use your resources. If you are not using a VPN or Dial-up, simply disable RasMan.

The RasMan service is inactive when there are no requests. The Network Connections folder calls this service to list the collection of connections and to show the status of each connection.

If the RasMan service stops or you disable it, the device cannot make dial-up or VPN connections to the remote network or approve incoming connection requests.

Also, the Network Connections folder does not show any VPN or dial-up connections, and the Internet Options Control Panel does not allow a user to configure the dial-up or VPN connection options.

When the RasMan service is enabled in its default configuration, it logs in using the Local Device account.
The RasMan service depends on the following system components:

  • Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
  • Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol Service
  • DCOM Server Process Launcher
  • Plug and Play
  • Telephony
  • RPC Endpoint Mapper

The following system components rely on the RasMan service:

  • Remote Access Auto Connection Manager
  • Routing and Remote Access
  • Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)

RasMan Default Performance

RasMan is a Win32 service. It only begins when a user, a program, or other service begins it in all editions of Windows 10 1507, Windows 10 1511, Windows 10 1607, and Windows 10 1703.

This service begins automatically when the operating system starts in all editions of Windows 10 1709, Windows 10 1803, Windows 10 1809, Windows 10 1903, Windows 10 2004, and Windows 10 20H2.

When the RasMan service is started, it is running as a local System in a shared svchost.exe process among other services. If RasMan fails to launch, the details of the failure will be reported in the Event Log.

Then Windows 10 will start and inform the user that the RasMan service failed to start due to an error. If the DNS client and stable socket tunneling protocol services are disabled, deleted, or functioning incorrectly, RasMan cannot be initiated under any conditions.

What is Rasmans.dll?

RasManS stands for Remote Access Connection Manager Services. Rasmans.dll is a DLL file for Windows. Dynamic Connection Library (DLL) files are necessary for programs or web browser plugins because they include program codes, data, and resources.

The rasmans.dll file is a Microsoft Windows Server program component. Rasmans.dll is a resource library that is used by RasMan. This is a vital Windows part and should not be disabled or deleted.

How to Enable or Disable RasMan?

RasMan is not a heavy burden on your resources. But it may seem unnecessary to have it constantly run in the background.

To Enable or Disable RasMan follow these steps:

  1. Press ‘Win Key + R’ to see the Run window.
 Run rasman
Run rasman
  1. Type-in ‘services. MSc’ and press OK.
  2. Find ‘Remote Access Connection Manager’ In the ‘Services’ window and click on it.
Find Remote Access Connection Manager
Find Remote Access Connection Manager
  1. On the new window, you can see the ‘Startup Type’
Remote Access Connection Manager properties
Remote Access Connection Manager properties
  1. Change it to ‘Automatic’ for the RasMan to be enabled, and ‘Manual’ for it to be disabled by default.

You can also click on Start or Stop to change RasMan’s current state. As an alternative method, you can run the command below on the CMD to enable RasMan:

sc start rasman & sc config rasman start= auto

How to Change RasMan Settings?

RasMan doesn’t come with a control panel. But you can change the VPN and Dial-up setting, and subsequently, change the way RasMan behaves.

Change RasMan Settings
Change RasMan Settings

The VPN settings are accessible through Start > Settings > Network & Internet > VPN > Advanced Options.

The Dial-up settings are accessible through Start > Settings > Network & Internet > Dial-up.

Final Thoughts

Remote Access Connection Manager (RasMan) is a Windows service that manages VPN and Dial-up connections.  If it is disabled, some services on Windows or Windows Server may not work properly. Also, if RasMan is unnecessarily enabled, it may consume your resources without having any visible benefits.

FAQ

What Is a Remote Access Connection Manager (RasMan)?

Remote Access Connection Manager (RasMan) is a Windows utility for accessing VPN or Dial-up connections. It helps to establish the connection and transferring the information. As dial-up connections are mostly out of favor, RasMan is used for setting up VPN connections and establishing remote access.

What is Rasmans.dll?

The rasmans.dll file is a Microsoft Windows Server program component. Rasmans.dll is a resource library that is used by Remote Access Connection Manager (RasMan). This is a vital Windows part and should not be disabled or deleted.

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