ARCHIVED: In Windows Me, how do I make a VPN connection to the IU network?
Note: IU's VPN is intended for individual computing accounts only. Group and departmental accounts cannot access the VPN. See Why can't I make an IU Secure or VPN connection through an IU group or departmental account?
Note: UITS recommends that you use a current version of Windows on computers connected to the Indiana University network; see Recommended Windows operating systems at IU.
Adding the VPN component
Before you can make a virtual private network (VPN) connection to the Indiana University network in Windows Me, either wirelessly or remotely, you must add the VPN component. To do this:
My Computer, then
Control Panel, and then
- Select the
Windows Setuptab, and double-click
- Check the box next to
Virtual Private Networking, and then click
OK. You may be prompted for your Windows CD.
Note: If you do not have your Windows CD, or if you did not receive one from the manufacturer when you purchased your computer, contact the manufacturer to see if one is available.
- When Windows Me prompts you to restart your computer, click
Downloading and installing the Microsoft L2TP/IPsec VPN client
The IU Bloomington and IUPUI campuses use the IPsec protocol for VPN connections. Other campuses currently use PPTP. To connect to the IUB or IUPUI VPN service, you must install an IPsec client on your Windows Me computer.
If you are at a campus other than IUB or IUPUI, skip directly to the Creating a VPN connection section below.
If you are at IUB or IUPUI, download and install the IPsec client:
- Download and save somewhere obvious (like your desktop) the
Microsoft L2TP/IPsec VPN client. The client filename is
- Double-click the
msl2tp.exefile to launch the client installer. When the installer asks you to continue, click
Yesagain to agree to the license agreement.
- The installer will check your system for the required software
components. If you do not have all the required files, or if you have
a conflicting component (e.g., Internet Connection Sharing), the
installer may prompt you to add or remove files. Follow the instructions
provided by the installer. You will probably have to reboot.
If the system must reboot, when it restarts, just double-click the
msl2tp.exefile again to continue the installation.
- Once you have installed all the necessary components, uninstalled all the conflicting ones, and restarted the process, the installer should finish the installation. Once finished, one last reboot will be required.
Configuring the IPsec pre-shared key setting
To authenticate to the IU VPN, you will need to specify a pre-shared key (PSK):
- From the
Microsoft IPSec VPN, and finally
Microsoft IPSec VPN Configuration.
Use a pre-shared key for IPSec authentication. In the adjacent field, enter
hermanbwellsas the pre-shared key and then click
Creating a VPN connection
Note: If you are a student, faculty member, or staff member at Indiana University Bloomington, IUPUI, or IU East, use the IU Secure network for wireless access. For help, see About IU Secure wireless If you are visiting IU, instead see Network Access accounts (guest wireless access) at IUB, IUPUI, IUE, IUN, and IUS.
To create a VPN connection to the IU network:
- From the
Dial-Up Networking, and finally
Make New Connection.
- Type a name for your connection (e.g.,
IU-VPN). Then, in the "Select a Device:" field, choose
Microsoft L2TP/IPSec VPN Adapterand click
Note: You may see a number at the end of the device name (e.g.,
Microsoft L2TP/IPSec VPN Adapter 1).
- In the "Host name or IP Address:" field, type the name or IP
address of the VPN server:
See below to find your VPN server for both remote (e.g., cable modem, DSL, or outside Internet service provider) and wireless VPN connections:
IU South Bend:
- IU Bloomington:
Configuring your VPN connection
To configure your VPN connection:
- In the
Dial-Up Networkingwindow, right-click your connection icon and select
- From the
Networkingtab, make sure the
IPX/SPX Compatibleprotocols are unchecked. (Only
TCP/IPshould be checked.)
- Click the
Securitytab. Under "Authentication:", in the "Domain:" field, type
- Under "Advanced security options:", make sure all the selections
are checked. Click
Establishing a VPN connection
To establish the connection:
- From the
- Double-click the connection you just created.
- When prompted, enter your ADS username and password,
and then click
Note: It may take up to a minute to establish a connection with the VPN server. Be patient. If you have problems connecting, make note of any error messages and contact your campus Support Center.
- When the connection is established, you should see a new icon in
the system tray. This icon is identical to the one for
dial-up connections. To disconnect and terminate the connection,
double-click this icon and choose
Last modified on June 28, 2012.