VPN: Windows 8 Configuration

Set Up VPN Connection

To setup a VPN on Windows 8 follow these step by step instructions. 

Step 1

 Windows 8 Settings search (Search VPN)

Press the Windows Key or hover your mouse over the left hand corner of your screen to enter the Start screen.  Once on the Start screen begin typing the word "vpn" to run a search. No search results will show at first, you will need select "Settings" in the menu on the right-hand side of the screen to show results.


Step 2

 Windows 8 Search Results

In the search results pane under the word "Settings," left-click "Set up a virtual private network (VPN) connection."


Step 3

 Windows 8 Create a VPN connection

In the "Internet address" field, type "vpn.nau.edu" without quotes.  In the "Destination name" field, type a descriptive name, such as "NAU VPN."  By default, the check box for "Remember my credentials" will be checked.  You can leave it checked or you can uncheck it if you do not want your log in credentials to be stored.  When you have finished entering the network configuration information left-click "Create."  The initial setup for the NAU VPN is now created and you are now ready to connect.



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Connect to VPN

You can connect to the NAU VPN in Windows 8 by following these step-by-step instructions.

Step 1

Windows 8 Start screen (Desktop option highlighted)
Figure: Windows 8 Start screen (Desktop option highlighted)
Go to the Start screen by pressing the Windows key.  On this screen, left-click "Desktop" directly underneath the word "Start."

Step 2

Windows 8 Network icon
Figure: Windows 8 Network icon
Left-click the "Network" icon near the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.

Step 3

Windows 8 Connection List
Figure: Windows 8 Connection List
In the menu that appears, left-click "NAU VPN."

Step 4

Windows 8 Connect to NAU VPN
Figure: Windows 8 Connect to NAU VPN
Left-click "Connect."

Step 5

Windows 8 Network Authentication
Figure: Windows 8 Network Authentication
In the first field, type "NAU\abc123" without quotes where "abc123" is your NAU User ID. (Students need to insert "NAU-Students\" infront of their User ID)
Type your password into the second field, and left-click "OK" when you are finished.  You are now connected to the NAU VPN.


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Change VPN Login Credentials

You can change your NAU VPN login credentials in Windows 8 by following these step-by-step instructions.

Step 1

Windows 8 Start screen (Desktop option highlighted)
Figure: Windows 8 Start screen (Desktop option highlighted)
Go to the Start screen by pressing the Windows key.  On this screen, left-click "Desktop" directly underneath the word "Start."

Step 2

Windows 8 Network icon
Figure: Windows 8 Network icon
Left-click the "Network" icon near the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.

Step 3

Windows 8 Network list
Figure: Windows 8 Network list
In the menu that appears, right-click "NAU VPN."

Step 4

Windows 8 Clear cached credentials
Figure: Windows 8 Clear cached credentials
In the menu that appears, left-click "Clear cached credentials."

Step 5

Windows 8 Connect to NAU VPN
Figure: Windows 8 Connect to NAU VPN
Left-click "NAU VPN" and left-click "Connect."

Step 6

Windows 8 Network Authentication
Figure: Windows 8 Network Authentication
In the first field, type "NAU\abc123" without quotes where "abc123" is your NAU User ID.  Type your new password into the second field, and left-click "OK" when you are finished.  You have successfully changed your NAU VPN login credentials.

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Learn more about Windows 8, the latest Operating System (OS) provided by Microsoft. 

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