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Follow these instructions to set up the VPN connection and then use the connection to connect to the university network.



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VPN typeCisco IPSec
Server namevpn.ualr.edu
Account name(use your NetID which is now your email address)
Shared secret


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<em>(<a target="_blank" href="https://a.ualr.edu/itservices/vpnkey/">retrieve the UALR pre-shared key</a> and enter it in the shared secret field)</em>




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This video demonstrates the steps involved in removing an existing connection, adding a new connection, and then connecting and disconnecting from the VPN service.


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If you have an existing connection to our VPN service, remove the old one before adding a new one.

1

Select System Preferences from the Apple menu.

The System Preferences window will appear.
2

On the System Preferences window, select the Network  setting.

The Network dialog will appear with a list of network interfaces.
3

If the preference window is locked, select the settings lock  to make changes.


4

Select the Add button  to create a new network interface.

The network interface dialog will appear.
5Select VPN from the interface drop-down menu.A VPN Type menu option will appear.
6

Select Cisco IPSec from the VPN Type drop-down menu.


7

Enter UALR VPN (or another appropriate label) in the Service Name field.


8Select Create.The UALR VPN interface will appear in the list.
9

Select the UALR VPN interface and enter the following information:

Server Addressvpn.ualr.edu
Account Name(use your NetID which is now your email address)
Password(leave blank)



10

Select Authentication Settings and enter the following information:

Shared Secret


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<em>(<a target="_blank" href="https://a.ualr.edu/itservices/vpnkey/">retrieve the UALR pre-shared key</a> and enter it in the shared secret field)</em>




11

Select OK to save the authentication settings.


12Check the box labeled "Show VPN status in menu bar".This option causes a VPN icon to appear in the menu bar in the upper-right part of the desktop.
13

Select Apply to save all settings.





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These instructions assume you have a working Internet connection.

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To start a VPN connection:

1

Access the VPN drop-down menu  in the upper-right part of the desktop.


2Select Connect UALR VPN from the drop-down menu.The menu option may be different if you named the connection something other than UALR VPN.
3

If you are prompted for a password, enter it and select OK.

Upon successful connection, a timer will appear next to the VPN drop-down menu monitoring the length of your current connection.

While you have an active VPN connection to the university network, you may access campus-only services such as remote desktops and network-restricted applications.


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To end a VPN connection:

1

Access the VPN drop-down menu  in the upper-right part of the desktop.


2

Select Disconnect UALR VPN from the drop-down menu.

The connection timer will disappear and you will no longer be connected to the campus network.





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Follow these instructions if you are re-configuring your connection or no longer need a VPN connection.

1Select System Preferences from the Apple menu. The System Preferences window will appear.
2

On the System Preferences window, select the Network  setting.

The Network dialog will appear with a list of network interfaces.
3

If the preference window is locked, select the settings lock  to make changes.


4

Select the existing VPN interface entry labeled UALR VPN (or whatever service label you provided when setting up the connection).


5

Select the Remove  button to delete the network interface.


6

Select Apply to save all settings.




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