Downloads and Guides: Connect to L2TP Native VPN for Windows 10

Users who cannot connect to Cisco AnyConnect, the University of Minnesota's recommended VPN client, can connect via the built-in ("native") VPN client. This article will assist you in creating and configuring the University of Minnesota (UMN)'s L2TP Native VPN for Windows 10.

Add UMN L2TP Native VPN

  1. Navigate to Network & Internet.
    • Start > Settings > Network & Internet
  2. Select VPN in the left hand menu.
  3. Click Add a VPN connection.
    Network & Internet window. VPN is selected and Add a VPN connection option is highlighted.
  4. Configure the L2TP Native VPN connection according to the following settings: 
    • VPN provider: Windows (built-in)
    • Connection name: UMN L2TP Native VPN
    • Server name or address:
    • VPN type: L2TP/IPsec with pre-shared key
    • Pre-shared key: S3cur1ty!
    • Type of sign-in info: User name and password
    • User name (optional): Internet ID 
    • Password (optional): Internet ID password
      • NOTE: Leave the User name and password blank for now, it will prompt you as you connect.
      • If you enter your UMN credentials here, they will need to be edited whenever you change your UMN Internet password. 
  5. Click Save.
  6. Your new VPN network will now appear under VPN in the VPN section of the Network & Internet menu. Connect by clicking the connect button.
    VPN section of Network and Internet menu. The new network appears under "Add a VPN connection"

Additional Information

  • If you run in to problems setting up UMN L2TP Native VPN according to these instructions, contact Technology Help