RAS supports connections in which the remote server hangs up and then calls
back to the client to establish the connection.
For each user that can connect to a RAS server, the server stores a callback
attribute that controls how the connection is made. The default attribute is No
Callback, which means that the user can connect to the RAS server without a
callback. Alternatively, the administrator of the RAS server can assign to a user
either the Preset or Set-By-Caller callback attribute.
For a user assigned the Preset restriction, the administrator specifies a
phone number that the RAS server must call back to establish a connection. The user
cannot specify a different number, and the connection cannot be made without a
A Preset callback operation is handled automatically by the Remote Access
Connection Manager and the remote server. The RAS client application does not need
to do anything other than provide feedback to the user when the notification
handler is called during the various states of the callback operation.
A user assigned the Set By Caller privilege can choose to connect either with
or without a callback. The RasDial
call uses the szCallBackNumber
member of the RASDIALPARAMS
structure to indicate the choice.
member can simply specify the callback number; or, to establish the
connection without a callback, szCallBackNumber
can point to an empty string, "". In either of these cases, the Remote Access
Connection Manager handles the connection operation automatically. As with a
Preset callback operation, the RAS client does not need to perform any action
other than to provide feedback to the user.
If the RasDial
call enables paused states
can point to an asterisk string, "*", to indicate that the connection
operation should enter a paused state to allow the user to type in the callback
number. In this case, the connection operation for a Set By Caller user enters a
paused state after the remote server has authenticated the user. During the paused
state, the RAS client gets the callback number input from the user. The client
then resumes the connection operation by making a second RasDial
call in which szCallBackNumber
specifies the number supplied by the user.
Note that if paused states are not enabled there is a different meaning when szCallBackNumber
points to an asterisk string, "*". In this case, the asterisk indicates that
the callback number is stored in the phonebook file specified by the RasDial
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