ARCHIVED: In Mac OS X, how do I make an IPsec VPN connection to the IU network?
If you are connecting to the IU wireless network with your Mac, see IU Secure wireless connections: Mac OS X.
Note: For VPN when connecting from off campus, use the recommended SSL VPN if your campus supports it. The IPsec VPN at IUB and IUPUI will eventually be retired.
To make an IPsec VPN connection:
- From the Apple menu, select
System Preferences.... In the
System Preferenceswindow, from the
- Near the bottom left corner of the
Networkwindow, click the
+(plus sign), unlocking your preference changes if necessary. In the sheet that appears, next to "Interface:", choose
VPN. Next to "VPN Type:", choose
L2TP over IPSec. Click
- In the "Server Address:" field, enter the appropriate server
- At IUB:
- At IUPUI:
- At IUB:
- In the "Account Name:" field, type your Network ID
username, and then click
Authentication Settings.... In the "User Authentication" section, select
Password, and then enter your Network ID passphrase.
Note: If your username and passphrase are not accepted, try entering your username in the format
- In the "Machine Authentication" section, select
Shared Secret, and in the field type: hermanbwells
Advanced.... Under the
Send all traffic over VPN connection, and then click
Apply. To make a VPN connection, click
To display a small VPN icon in the upper right corner of your screen, check
Show VPN status in menu bar. You can then click this icon and select from several options in the pull-down menu, rather than having to access VPN options from System Preferences.
Edit or remove a VPN configuration
- On the left side of the
Networkwindow, click the VPN connection you want to edit or remove (it should be marked with a padlock icon to its right).
- On the right side of the window, you can change server, account,
and other configuration settings for the selected connection. To
remove the VPN configuration, in the bottom left corner of the window,
Applyto save your changes.
Last modified on January 03, 2013.