VPN Setup Instructions

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VPN setup on Windows

Set up for the native VPN Client on Windows XP

  1. Click on Start button.PNG.
  2. Click on Control Panel. (If you don't see Control Panel, look for it under the Settings menu.)
  3. Under Control Panel, find and open Network Connections.
  4. From the File menu, select New Connection.
  5. The “New Connection Wizard” will open. Click Next button.PNG.
  6. Choose “Connect to the network at my workplace” and click Next button.PNG.
  7. Select the “Virtual Private Network connection” and click Next button.PNG.
  8. Enter MiddVPN (for the company or connection name) and click Next button.PNG.
  9. If asked to automatically dial a connection, choose Do not dial the initial connection.
  10. For the Host Name or IP address enter: Click Next button.PNG.
  11. Choose not to use a smart card, if asked by the wizard.
  12. Select the Anyone’s use usage option, then click Next button.PNG.
  13. Check the Add a shortcut to my desktop box, and click Finish button.PNG.
  14. If asked, enter your username and password to start the VPN connection.
  15. To connect in the future: double click the shortcut named MiddVPN on the Desktop and enter your username and password.
    XP VPN Icon.PNG

Set up for the native VPN Client on Windows Vista

Note: These steps won't work unless your computer is currently connected to the internet. Please connect to the internet before following these instructions.

  1. Click on the Start button, then click on Control Panel.
    Vista Open Control Panel.PNG
  2. Select the Network and Sharing Center (or, if you don't see it, first select Network and Internet).
  3. In the left navigation area under Tasks, click on Set up a connection or network.
  4. Select Connect to a workplace and click Next button.PNG.
  5. If prompted to use an existing connection, choose No, create a new connection and click Next button.PNG.
  6. Click on Use my Internet connection (VPN).
  7. Enter the IP address and a name for the connection as shown below, and click on Next button.PNG.
    Vista VPN graphic 2.PNG
  8. Enter your Middlebury College username, the password for that account, and MIDD as the domain. Then click on Connect.
  9. A screen displaying the text “You are connected” will appear when the VPN connection has been established.
  • Return to the Network and Sharing Center to disconnect the VPN connection as needed.
  • Click on Manage network connections in the same location to establish future VPN connections.

VPN setup on Mac OSX

This article gives the most up-to-date instructions on how to set up a VPN (Virtual Private Network) connection. While Middlebury used to use the Cisco VPN client, we have noticed that the Cisco client is unreliable and hard to set up in many cases so we don't use it anymore. These instructions use the native VPN client that is installed on your operating system.

Setup for the native VPN client on Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger)

  1. Click on the Finder icon on your dock. Mac Finder button.PNG
  2. Click on the “Go” menu that’s located on the top of the screen and select “Applications”.
  3. The “Applications” folder will open.
  4. In the “Applications” folder, find and open Internet Connect.
  5. When “Internet Connect” opens click on the VPN Icon.
  6. You will get a message saying: “Your computer needs to be set up to make a VPN Connection”. Select the PPTP radio button option.
  7. Click Continue. If prompted, enter your username and password.
  8. You will see a VPN configuration window with a dropdown box labeled “Other”. Below that is a space for “Server Address”. Enter in that space.
  9. The “Account Name” is MIDD\”your username” . Your password goes in the password field. Place a checkmark in the box labeled “Show VPN status in the menu bar”.
    Mac VPN graphic 1.PNG
  10. Click “Connect” to test the connection. Once connected, please disconnect, as you are not quite done.
  11. Click on the dropdown box at the top of the window (labeled “Other”) and choose “Edit Configurations”.
  12. In the descriptions field enter “MIDD” and click “OK”.
  13. Close Internet Connect and save changes when prompted.
  14. Open “System Preferences” by selecting “System Preferences” from the “Apple” menu in the top left corner.
    Mac System Preferences menu.PNG
  15. In System Preferences click on “Network”.
  16. Click on the second dropdown menu (next the text “Show” near the top of the window) and select “VPN (PPTP)”.
    Mac VPN PPTP graphic 2.PNG
  17. In the Search Domains field, enter “middlebury.edu” and click “Apply Now
  18. Exit Network Preferences, saving any changes if prompted.
  19. To use VPN now and in the future: click the VPN icon on the menu bar, then click “Connect”, as shown in the picture below. You will need to enter your username and password the first time.
    Mac VPN Connect graphic 3.PNG

Setup for the native VPN client on Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard)

  1. Click on the Apple menu and select System Preferences.
    Mac System Preferences menu.PNG
  2. System Preferences will open. Select Network.
  3. Click on “+” in bottom left to add a connection.
  4. Choose VPN as the Interface type; PPTP as the VPN Type; and enter a Service Name.
    Mac VPN Configure graphic 4.PNG
  5. Click Create.
  6. Enter Server Address as, Account Name as MIDD\usernamewhere username is replaced with your account login. Also, check Show VPN status in menu bar.
    Mac VPN Configure graphic 5.PNG
  7. Click on Apply in the lower right corner of the screen.

Now VPN is set up! You can use it to connect to many Middlebury College resources when you have an Internet connection from off campus:

  1. Click on the VPN icon on the menu bar and select the Connect option for the VPN setup you just completed.
  2. When prompted for password, enter the same one you use for email. Remember MIDD\username will have your user name listed in place of “username”. Click OK.
    Mac VPN Connect graphic 6.PNG
  3. Once connected, you’ll see the VPN connection status on the menu bar, and may click on the icon there to disconnect or to troubleshoot your connection.
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