ARCHIVED: In Windows 98 and 98SE, 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.
In Windows 98 First Edition, before you can create a virtual private network (VPN) connection to the Indiana University network, either wirelessly or remotely, you first must install the VPN Update. You can find the VPN Update on Microsoft's Windows 98 download page under "Recommended Updates" at:http://support.microsoft.com/ph/1139
You will need to restart Windows after installing the update in order to get the Microsoft VPN adapter to appear.
Note: If you use Windows 98SE, you do not need this update. If you're not sure which version you are running, see ARCHIVED: How can I determine what version of Windows 95, 98, or Me I have?
In either case, you will also need both the Dial-up Networking version 1.4 upgrade and, if you are connecting to the IU Bloomington or IUPUI VPN service, the Microsoft L2TP/IPsec VPN client.
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 About Network Access accounts (guest wireless access) at IUB, IUPUI, IUE, IUK, IUN, IUS, IUSB, and IUPUC.
Adding the VPN component
Follow these steps to add the Windows 98 VPN component:
My Computer, then
Control Panel, and then
- Select the
Windows Setuptab, then double-click
- Check the box next to
Virtual Private Networking, and then click
OK. Insert your Windows CD if you are prompted for it.
Note: If you do not have your Windows CD, or if you did not receive one from the manufacturer when you purchased your computer, please contact the manufacturer to see if one is available.
- When Windows 98 prompts you to restart your computer, click
Downloading and installing the Dial-up Networking 1.4 update and Microsoft L2TP/IPsec VPN client
You'll need to download and install the Dial-up Networking update, which is available at:http://support.microsoft.com/ph/1139
This link will give you two files, named
dun14-SE.exe. Save the files someplace obvious, like
Installing the Dial-up Networking version 1.4 update
- If you are using Windows 98 First Edition, double-click the
dun1.4-98.exefile. If you are using Windows 98 Second Edition, double-click the
- The installer will ask whether you wish to continue. Click
Yes, and then click
Yesto agree to the license agreement.
- The update will install, and will prompt you to reboot before continuing. Allow the computer to reboot.
The IPsec client
The IUB and IUPUI campuses use the IPsec protocol for VPN connections. Therefore, if you're at IUB or IUPUI, you also need to download and install an IPsec client. (The Microsoft L2TP/IPsec VPN client requires the Dial-up Networking version 1.4 update, so you must install that before installing the IPsec client.)
If you're at a campus other than IUB or IUPUI, you'll need to configure your computer for the PPTP protocol, so skip directly to the Creating a VPN connection section below.
If you're at IUB or IUPUI, download the L2TP/IPsec client from:http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;818043
The name of the file you'll download is
Installing the L2TP/IPsec VPN client
Remember, you need to skip this section unless you're at IUB or IUPUI and need to configure for IPsec.
- Double-click the
msl2tp.exefile to launch the client installer. When the installer asks you to continue, click
Yes, and then
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 need to
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 then finish the installation. When finished, one last reboot will be required.
Configuring the IPsec pre-shared key
Remember, you need to skip this section too, unless you're at IUB or IUPUI and need to configure for IPsec.
To authenticate to the IUB or IUPUI 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 PSK, and then click
Creating a VPN connection
To create a VPN connection, follow these steps:
My Computer, then
Dial-Up Networking, and finally
Make New Connection.
- Type a name for your connection (e.g.,
IU-VPN). In the "Select a Device:" field, choose
Microsoft VPN Adapter, and then click
- 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 properly configure your VPN connection, follow these steps:
- In the
Dial-Up Networkingwindow, right-click the icon representing your new connection, and then select
- Click the
Server Types, then deselect the
IPX/SPX Compatibleprotocols. (Only
TCP/IPshould be checked.) Click
At IUB and IUPUI, you must ensure you are logging into the ADS Domain on startup:
My Computer, then
Control Panel, and finally
- On the
Configurationtab, make sure the "Primary Network Logon:" field is set to
Client for Microsoft Networks.
- In the list of installed components, select
Client for Microsoft Networksand click
- Under "Logon validation", select
Log on to Windows NT domain.
- In the "Windows NT domain:" field, type
ADS, then click
- Restart your computer if prompted to do so.
Establishing a VPN connection
To establish the VPN connection, follow these steps:
My Computer, then
Dial-Up Networking. Double-click the connection with the name you created above.
- When prompted, enter your ADS username and password, then click
Note: It may take up to a minute to establish a connection with the VPN server. Please 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 the same as the icon for dial-up
connections. To disconnect and terminate the connection, double-click
this icon and choose
Modifying your settings
If you have configured your VPN connection to automatically log you in, and you find that you need to modify your login settings, follow these steps:
My Computer, then double-click
Control Panel, and finally double-click
- Click the
- From the
Dial-up and Virtual Private Network settingsbox, select your VPN connection, and then click
Settings. You should then be able to modify your settings.
Last modified on June 28, 2012.