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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 Windows Settings

Click on the Start Menu and select Settings

Step 2: Open Network & Internet

Click on Network & Internet

Step 3: Open Network and Sharing Center

Click on Network and Sharing Center

Step 4: Create a New Connection

Click on Set up a new connection or network

Step 5: Select the VPN Option

Click on Connect to a workplace

Step 6: Select Use My Internet Connection

Click on the option for Use my Internet Connection (VPN)

Step 7: Enter the VPN Information

Enter vpn3.uccs.edu under Internet address

Enter UCCS Resources VPN under Destination Name

Select the option for Allow other people to use this connection

Press Create

Step 8: Select Change Adapter Settings

Click on Change adapter settings

Step 9: Open the VPN Properties

Right-click on UCCS Resources VPN and press Properties

Step 10: Modify the Type of VPN

Click on the Security tab

Change Type of VPN to Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol with IPsec (L2TP/IPsec)

Step 11: Modify the Advanced Settings

Click on Advanced settings and enter UCCS (capitalized) under Use preshared key for authentication and press OK

Step 12: Modify the Authentication Settings

Under Authentication, check Use Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP) and press OK

Step 13: Modify Networking Settings

Click on the Networking tab, select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) so it is highlighted blue, and select Properties

Step 14: Select Advanced

Select the Advanced box

Step 15: Verify IP Settings

By default the Use default gateway on remote network and Automatic metric boxes should be checked.  If they are note ensure they are checked.

Step 16: Modify the DNS Settings

On the DNS tab add uccs.edu to the DNS suffix for this connection field and check the boxes for Register this connection's addresses in DNS and Use this connection's DNS suffix in DNS registration.

Press OK on all windows until back at the Network Connections page.

Step 17: Connect to the VPN

Sign in to the VPN by selecting it from the list of networks in the bottom-right corner of the screen and press Connect

The VPN will show the status of Connected if successful