VPN Setup for MAC OS X

VPN Setup for 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. [[Image:]]
  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.
  1. Click Create.
  2. Enter Server Address as, Account Name as MIDD\usernamewhere username is replaced with your account login. Also, check Show VPN status in menu bar.
  1. Click on Apply (lower right corner of the screen).
  2. Now that VPN is set up, you may use it to connect to many Middlebury College resources when you have an Internet connection from off campus. Simply click on the VPN icon on the menu bar and select the Connect option for the VPN setup you just completed.
  3. 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.
  1. 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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