VPN: Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) Configuration

Setting up your pptp VPN under Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion)

Setting up VPN access under Mac OS X 10.7 can be completed by following these step-by-step instructions. 

System Requirements

Before setting up the VPN, it is recommended that you update your installation by running Software Update. At the time of this writing the latest Mac OS X version was 10.7.4.

To Create a VPN Connection:

  1. Open System Preferences from the Apple Menu and then click Network.
    Apple Menu
  2. If necessary, unlock Network preferences in the bottom left corner to make changes.
  3. Click the Add (+) button at the bottom of the network connection services list and then choose VPN from the Interface pop-up menu.
    Network Preferences Add menu
  4. From the VPN Type pop-up menu, choose PPTP.
    VPN Configuration
  5. In the Service Name field, enter a descriptive name (for example, NAU VPN) and click Create.
  6. In the Server Address field, enter vpn.nau.edu.
  7. In the Account Name field, enter your account information:
  8. If you are faculty or staff you should type 'NAU\<username>'
  9. If you are a student you should type 'NAU-STUDENTS\<username>'
  10. Click Apply.
    Network window
  11. Select the VPN connection from the list on the left, and click Advanced.
    VPN Advanced Settings
  12. Place a check in the checkbox next to "Send all traffic over VPN connection," then click OK.
    Send all traffic over VPN connection check box
  13. Click on the "Gear" icon next to the + and - icons underneath the list of Network connections in the left column/pane.
  14. Select "Set Service Order..."
    Set Service Order
  15. Select the VPN connection from the list ('NAU VPN' in the example), hold down the mouse button, and drag it to the top of the list. Click OK.
  16. Click "Apply" in the Network Preferences window.
  17. Leaving the VPN at the top of the service order list should not affect your other network connection.

To Connect to the VPN:

  • Open System Preferences from the Apple Menu and then click Network.
  • Select the 'NAU VPN' connection you created in step #4 in the previous section.
  • Click the 'Connect' button.


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NAU's VPN service allows users to securely connect to the Northern Arizona University network. 

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