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VPN Setup
The UCCS Resources VPN connects your UCCS or personal computer to the UCCS campus network and therefore only works off-campus.
  • This allows you to access University resources off-campus such as Columbia, Z drive (Faculty/Staff), Z drive (Students), CU-SIS or HCM, and OnBase.
  • If you are on-campus, please note it will not connect over ethernet, UCCS-Wireless, or UCCS-Guest as the VPN is not needed for on-campus connections.
  • You can contact the UCCS OIT Help Desk to confirm the VPN is setup correctly.


Step 1: Open Network Preferences

Click on the Wireless icon to the left of the clock on the top menu bar. Choose Open Network Preferences from the drop down. Alternatively, you can open spotlight search (press Command + Space on keyboard) and type Network Preferences.



Step 2: Add a new VPN Connection

Click on the + icon in the bottom left of the Network window. It should show below the list of available network connections.

Step 3: Create VPN Connection

Fill in the box with the following information:
Interface: VPN
VPN Type: L2TP over IPSec
Service Name: UCCS Resources VPN 
After filling in the fields click the Create button.



Step 4: Begin VPN Configuration

Click on the Configuration drop down and choose Add Configuration.

Fill in with the following information:
Name: UCCS Resources VPN 
Click the Create button.



Step 5: Enter Server Address and Account Name

Once the new configuration page loads, enter the following information:
Configuration: Should be populated with UCCS Resources VPN
Server Address:
Username: Your UCCS username

Step 6: Click Authentication Settings

Click the Authentication Settings… button.


Under the Machine Authentication section enter UCCS (case sensitive – must be all caps or VPN will not work) in the Shared Secret field.

Do not make changes to the User Authentication section.


Click the OK button to finish making changes and return to the Network window.

Step 7: Click Advanced...

Click the Advanced button to pull up the Advanced options.

Select the DNS tab. Click on the + icon under search domains and type in Click OK.

Click the Apply button to update the VPN with all the changes you have made.

Step 8: Make VPN Connection Visible on Top Menu Bar (Optional)

If you would like the VPN icon to always be visible on the top menu bar of you Mac, you can check the Show VPN status in menu bar option before closing out of Network Preferences.


Step 9: Click Connect and Enter your Password



Step 10: Verify VPN is Connection is Established

To verify the connection, the status should show as Connected. See red box below.

Step 11: Connect to UCCS Resources

Click on your desktop, click the Go menu, and select Connect to Server. Or press Command + K keys simultaneously.

Step 12: Enter the Servers

Enter the server's address in the Server Address field. You can then use the + icon to save a sever as a favorite.

Type in one of the following server addresses: 
smb:// for student accounts, or
smb:// for staff/faculty accounts, or
smb:// for departmental shares,
and then press the Connect button.

If prompted to enter credentials for the server use your UCCS username and password.

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Step 13: Select the Folder that you would like to Connect to. 

In this example, if you wanted to access the Employee folders you would select it and then press the OK button.


Step 14: Disconnect from VPN

When you are finished, open System Preferences and then Network (steps 1 and 2). Select the VPN entry and click Disconnect.


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