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End of Support Warning

Microsoft officially ended support for Windows 7 on January 14th, 2020. We highly recommend you upgrade to a more recent version of Windows. If you have a university-owned computer, you can contact the OIT Help Desk if you need assistance with the upgrade process. Starting February 14, 2020 university-owned Windows 7 computers will be blocked from connecting to the UCCS network. After February 14th, 2020 the OIT Help Desk will only be able to offer very limited support for non university-owned Windows 7 computers.

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.

Steps for setting up VPN connection on Windows 7:

Step 1: Open Network and Sharing Center

Click on the Network icon in the lower right corner of your desktop and select Open Network and Sharing Center.

Step 2: Creating the VPN

Click on Set up a new connection or network.

Step 3: Select Connection Type

Double-click on Connect to a workplace.

Step 4: Creating New Connection

If you see the screen that asks, Do you want to use a connection that you already have, just make sure No, create a new connection is selected, and click Next.

Step 5: Select VPN Type

Double-click on Use my Internet connection (VPN).

Step 6: Type in VPN Settings

Type where it asks for the Internet address. Type UCCS Resources VPN (Voyager) where it asks for the Destination name. Check the box that says Don't connect now; just set it up so I can connect later. Then, click Next.

Step 7: Click Create

 You don't need to enter your credentials now, so just click the Create button.

Step 8: Click Close

After a few seconds, you should get a Connect now window, just click Close.

Step 9: Go to the VPN's Properties

Ensure that the VPN type is PPTP. Go back to the Network icon and right-click on the VPN you just created. Then click on Properties.

Step 10: Go to the Networking Tab

Go the Networking tab and click on Internet Protocol Version 4 to highlight it. Then click the Properties button.

Step 11: Click on Advanced

Click on the Advanced button.

Step 12: Uncheck the Box

Click to remove the checkmark in the box titled Use default gateway on remote network.

Step 13: DNS Settings

Click on the DNS tab. Type in the DNS suffix box, and click to add checkmarks to both boxes below. Click the OK button on the 3 different boxes until you're back at the Connect to a network screen.

Step 14: Connect to the VPN

In the Network Access menu, select the UCCS Resources VPN (Voyager), click Connect.

Step 15: Enter Your UCCS Information

After a few moments, you should see a screen that asks for your credentials. Type your UCCS username and password. For the Domain, type and click Connect.

Step 16: Access Excelsior, Enterprise, or Columbia

To access the IT accounts or departmental shares, click on the Start icon in the lower right corner of your desktop. In the search bar, type:
 for student accounts or
 for staff/faculty accounts, or
\\\dept for departmental shares, and press Enter.


Step 17: Disconnect Once Done

When you're finished, click on the Network icon, high-light the VPN, and click the Disconnect button. This will also disconnect you from any of the network drives.