Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion): VPN

You can configure the VPN settings in Mac OS 10.8 by following these step-by-step instructions.

Step 1

Mac OS 10.8 menu bar (Apple icon)
Figure: Mac OS 10.8 menu bar (Apple icon)
Click the "Apple" icon on the far left-hand side of the menu bar at the top of the screen.

Step 2

Apple menu
Figure: Apple menu
In the menu that appears, click "System Preferences."

Step 3

System Preferences
Figure: System Preferences
Under "Internet & Wireless," click "Network."

Step 4

Network window
Figure: Network window
In the "Network" window, click the plus (+) sign at the bottom of the left-hand sidebar to add a network.

Step 5

Interface and Service Name
Figure: Interface and Service Name
In the window that appears, click the "Interface" drop down menu.

Step 6

Select VPN
Figure: Select VPN
Click "VPN" in the drop down menu.

Step 7

VPN Type
Figure: VPN Type
Click the "VPN Type" drop down menu.

Step 8

Select PPTP and name the VPN
Figure: Select PPTP and name the VPN
In the drop down menu, click "PPTP" as the VPN type.  In the "Service Name" field, type "NAU VPN" without quotes.  When you are finished, click "Create."

Step 9

Mac VPN Authentication Settings
In the "Network" window, click "NAU VPN" in the left sidebar.  
In the "Account Name" field, type "abc123" without quotes where "abc123" is your NAU User ID.
*For NAU Faculty & Staff: be sure to specify the NAU domain before your NAU UserID. (Example: NAU\abc123).
Once this information is entered, click "Authentication Settings."

Step 10

User Authentication
Figure: User Authentication
In the window that appears, click the "Password" option in the list and type your NAU password into the field.  When you are finished, click "OK" or press the Enter/Return key.

Step 11

Mac VPN Advanced Settings
Click "Advanced" in the bottom-right hand corner of the "Network" window.

Step 12

Mac OS X VPN Send Traffic
Check the box labeled "Send all traffic over VPN connection" and click "OK".

Step 13

Mac VPN Apply Settings
Click "Apply."

Step 14

Mac VPN Connect
Click "Connect" to connect to the NAU VPN.


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