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ARCHIVED: In Mac OS X, how do I make a PPTP VPN connection to the IU network at a regional campus?

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.

IU Secure is the wireless network for students, faculty, and staff to access on all campuses. IU Secure utilizes WPA2 Enterprise (Wi-Fi Protected Access) for authentication and encryption.

Mac OS X 10.5 or later

  1. From the Apple menu, select System Preferences... . In the System Preferences window, from the View menu, select Network.

  2. Click + (plus sign), which will be near the bottom left corner of the Network preferences window. In the sheet that appears, next to "Interface:", choose VPN. Next to "VPN Type:", choose PPTP. Then click Create.

    Note: If you can't click +, click the padlock icon next to "Click the lock to make changes". Enter the password for your account on your Mac and click OK.

  3. In the "Server Address:" field, type pptp.indiana.edu (at IU Bloomington) or pptp.iupui.edu (at IUPUI). Next to "Account Name:", type your IU Network ID username.

  4. Click Authentication Settings... . In the sheet that appears, make sure the radio button next to "Password" is selected, and then enter your IU passphrase. Click OK.

  5. Click Advanced... , and in the sheet that appears, under the Options tab, make sure that Send all traffic over VPN connection is checked. Click OK.

  6. Click Apply. To make a VPN connection, click Connect. If you wish to have a small VPN icon displayed in the upper right corner of your screen, leave the box checked next to 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.

Mac OS X 10.3 and 10.4

  1. Open Internet Connect. By default, this application should be located in your Applications folder.

  2. From the File menu, select New VPN connection... .

  3. On the sheet that drops down, select the radio button next to PPTP and click Continue.

  4. In the "Server address:" field, type pptp.indiana.edu (at IU Bloomington) or pptp.iupui.edu (at IUPUI).

  5. Type your IU Network ID username and passphrase in the "Account Name:" and "Password:" fields, respectively.

    Note: In Mac OS X 10.3 and 10.4, passphrases for VPN client software are limited to 31 characters. This problem has been resolved in later versions of the operating system.

    If you wish to have a small VPN icon displayed in the upper right corner of your screen, leave the box checked next to 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 Internet Connect.

  6. From the pull-down menu next to "Configuration:", select Edit Configurations... . In the sheet that drops down, in the field next to "Save As:", type a name for this configuration (e.g., IU remote VPN), and click Save.

  7. Click OK, and if you wish to connect immediately to the IU network, click Connect.
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Last modified on March 31, 2010.

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