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:
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: vpn3.uccs.edu
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 uccs.edu. 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://excelsior.uccs.edu/ for student accounts, or
smb://enterprise.uccs.edu/ for staff/faculty accounts, or
smb://columbia.uccs.edu/dept for departmental shares,
and then press the Connect button.
If prompted to enter credentials for the server use your UCCS username and password.
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.