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.
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 voyager.uccs.edu 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 uccs.edu 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 uccs.edu 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:
\\excelsior.uccs.edu for student accounts or
\\enterprise.uccs.edu for staff/faculty accounts, or
\\columbia.uccs.edu\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.