Mac OS X versions 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and above provide native support for connecting to the OUCS Cisco-based VPN service. Alternatively OUCS also provide the Cisco AnyConnect VPN client which also supports OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and 10.7 (Lion).
This document contains instructions on how to configure the native VPN client that comes with Mac OS X 10.6 and above. In order to use the VPN service you will also need to have the necessary Remote Access Services username and passwords - for details see the main OUCS VPN Service page.
Please make sure that you have read the introduction and general requirements, which apply to all VPN clients, before attempting to configure your computer or mobile device to connect to the VPN.
- Your computer must be running Mac OS X version 10.6.0 or above.
- You computer must already have a connection to the Internet (e.g. via NTL, Compuserve, broadband, ADSL, etc., etc.)
- You must have a Remote Access Services account.
- You must be able to log on as an Administrator of your Mac.
If you are running a version of Mac OS X lower than 10.6 you will need to refer instead to the document on Configuring the AnyConnect Client on Mac OS X Systems.
+at the bottom of the left hand pane to bring up a dialogue window to add a new network interface. Within the dialogue window make the follow changes:
Createto add the new interface. This will return you to the Network window with the newly added interface ready to configure. To configure the interface make the following changes:
Authentication Settings...button to bring up another dialogue window which requires the following information:
- click the
Shared secretradio button and fill in the text field using the information that you obtained earlier
- set the
Group Namefield to
OK button to return to the Network window. If you
are likely to use the VPN client regularly you may want to include the status of the
VPN connection in your menu bar. If you do want to do this you must tick the check
Show VPN status in menu bar.
Apply button to complete the configuration for this new VPN
interface. The new interface should now appear in the left hand pane indicated
by a locked padlock icon. Note that the status of the interface will show as
To make a connection to the VPN service simply click the
found on the Network window. (This can be found underneath the
Authentication Settings... button.) Once the connection has
been established the Network window will show that the status of the VPN
interface has changed to Connected and it will display the connect time
and the IP address.
Alternatively, if you chose to include the status of the VPN connection in your menu bar by ticking the box labelled Show VPN status in menu bar during the configuration process you can connect and disconnect using the VPN icon in the top menu bar. Look for the VPN icon in the top menu bar and click the icon to bring up the drop down menu.
For information on firewalls and IP address allocations refer to the OUCS VPN Service technical details page.
If you have problems with the inbuilt client you may prefer to use the Cisco AnyConnect Client. Instructions are available from the Configuring the AnyConnect Client on Mac OS X Systems page.