In Windows 8.x, Windows 7, or Vista, how do I make an IPsec VPN connection to the IU network?

Note:
For off-campus connections to the IU network, use the recommended SSL VPN (if your campus supports it). The IPsec VPN at IU Bloomington and IUPUI will eventually be retired.

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

This document explains how to manually set up an IPsec virtual private network (VPN) connection at Indiana University Bloomington or IUPUI using Windows 8.x, Windows 7, or Vista. UITS recommends using one of the VPN installers available from IUware to automatically configure your connection instead of doing it manually. To use an IPsec VPN installer, select the appropriate package for Windows 32-bit or 64-bit systems. Do not use the 64-bit installer unless you're sure you need it.

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Creating an IPsec VPN connection

Windows 8.x

In Windows 8.x, to create a VPN Connection to the IU network:

  1. From Desktop view, on the lower right of the taskbar, right-click the network connection icon and select Open Network and Sharing Center. Then, Set up a new connection or network.
  2. Select Connect to a workplace, and then click Next.
  3. If prompted with "Do you want to use a connection that you already have?", select No, create a new connection, and then click Next. Select Use my Internet Connection (VPN).

    If you are prompted instead to choose between Use my Internet Connection (VPN) and Dial directly, select Use My Internet Connection (VPN).

  4. In the "Internet Address:" field:
    • For IUB, type ipsec.indiana.edu.
    • For IUPUI, type ipsec.iupui.edu.
  5. In the "Destination Name:" field, type a name for the connection (e.g., IU VPN), and then click Create.
  6. In the notification area, click the network connection icon. In the "Connections" category, right-click the IU VPN entry, and then select View Connection Properties.
  7. On the Security tab, use the "Type of VPN" drop-down to select Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol With IPSec (L2TP/IPsec).
  8. Click Advanced Settings.
  9. Select Use pre-shared key for authentication. In the "Key:" field, type hermanbwells, and then click OK.
  10. Under "Authentication", select Allow These Protocols. Make sure Microsoft CHAP Version 2 (MS-CHAP v2) is selected.
  11. Click OK to close the "Properties" window.

Windows 7 or Vista

In Windows 7 or Vista, to create a VPN connection to the IU network:

  1. In Windows 7, from the notification area, click the network connection icon and select Open Network and Sharing Center. Then, select Set up a connection or network.

    In Vista, from the Start menu, select Connect To, and then click Set up a connection or network.

  2. Select Connect to a workplace, and then click Next.
  3. If prompted with "Do you want to use a connection that you already have?", select No, create a new connection, and then click Next. Select Use my Internet Connection (VPN).

    If you are prompted instead to choose between Use my Internet Connection (VPN) and Dial directly, select Use My Internet Connection (VPN).

  4. In the "Internet Address:" field:
    • For IUB, type ipsec.indiana.edu.
    • For IUPUI, type ipsec.iupui.edu.
  5. In the "Destination Name:" field, type a name for the connection (e.g., IU VPN).
  6. Check Don't connect now; just set it up so I can connect later, and then click Next.
  7. In the "User Name:" and "Password:" fields, type your IU username and passphrase. If you want the connection to remember your passphrase, check Remember this password.
  8. In the "Domain (optional):" field, type ADS.
  9. Click Create, and then Close.
  10. In Windows 7, from the notification area, click the network connection icon.

    In Vista, from the Start menu, select Control Panel. If you are not already in Classic View, in the left pane, click Classic View.

  11. Open Network and Sharing Center.
  12. In Windows 7, on the left, click Change adapter settings.

    In Vista, on the left, click Manage network connections.

  13. Right-click the VPN connection you just created, and then choose Properties.
  14. Click the Security tab. In Vista, click Advanced, and then click Settings... .
  15. Make sure only MS-CHAP-V2 is checked. In Vista, click OK.
  16. In Windows 7, remain on the Security tab; in Vista, click the Networking tab.
  17. Under "Type of VPN", select L2TP IPsec VPN.

    Note: In Windows 7, this option is called Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol with IPsec (L2TP/IPsec).

  18. Click Advanced settings (Windows 7) or IPsec Settings (Vista).
  19. Select Use pre-shared key for authentication. In the "Key:" field, type hermanbwells, and then click OK.
  20. Click OK again to close the "Properties" window.

Establishing the VPN connection

  1. In Windows 8.x and Windows 7, from the notification area, click the network connection icon, select the VPN connection you created, and then click Connect.

    In Vista, from the Start menu, select Connect To, and then select the VPN connection you created.

  2. Enter your IU username and passphrase.

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Last modified on 2015-03-23.

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