Downloads and Guides: Install IPSec Native VPN for Mac

The VPN implementation provided with MAC OS X Snow Leopard and newer is based upon BSD IPsec. It does not provide for UDP or TCP encapsulation, so it will have limited success in a NAT (UofM Wireless or Home SOHO NAT) environment.

The following steps will walk you through connecting to UofM VPN natively with Snow Leopard, El Capitan, and Sierra.

Note: users with University owned devices can install the preferred Cisco AnyConnect via the Software Center.

Contact Technology Help for assistance following these instructions.

  1. Click the Apple in the upper left corner of your screen and select System Preferences.

  2. Click the Network icon.


  3. Check to see if your lock icon, found in the lower left, is locked. If it is, click on it to unlock it. This may require you to enter administrator credentials.


  4. Click the plus sign located on the lower left side of the dialog window just above the lock icon and select VPN from the pop-up menu.


  5. Click the VPN Type pop-up menu and select Cisco IPSec.


  6. In the Service Name field, enter a name for the VPN instance. The Service Name is free-form text, so it can be anything you want (e.g., "UofMvpn," "VPN thru Work").


  7. Click Create.
  8. In the Server Address box, enter ***NEW***


  9. In the Account Name box, enter your UofM Internet ID.


  10. Leave the Password box empty. You will be prompted for this when you connect.
  11. Click the Authentication Settings button

  12. In the Shared Secret box (in the Authentication Settings), enter S3cur1ty!

    NOTE: This key is only for the Machine Authentication box. You will be asked for your UMN password before connecting.
  13. In the Group Name box, enter UofMvpn and click the OK button.

  14. Click the Apply button to save your settings.


  15. Click the Connect button which will prompt you for your U of M internet password.


  16. Check the box next to Show VPN status in the menu bar.


  17. Close the Network System Preferences window.

You are now ready to connect to the VPN. IF you have any troubles, contact Technology Help for assistance.