Setup a VPN Connection from macOS

OS X Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6) macOS (formerly OS X) supports establishing encrypted connections to a VPN server through the L2TP over IPSec, PPTP and Cisco IPSec protocols without the need for a third party VPN client. With this built-in feature, you’ll be able to connect to your MacStadium private cloud without having to find and utilize a third party client.

1. Open System Preferences and then select Network preferences. 

macOS System Preferences

2. At the bottom left of the screen press the + sign to create a new network interface. 

Network Interface

3. In the dialog box select the interface type VPN and then select Cisco IPSec as your VPN protocol type. 

VPN Protocol Type
VPN Interface

4. Once you have created the interface you can enter the following credentials in the appropriate boxes. We also recommend that you choose the checkbox to keep the VPN status in your menu bar at the top of the screen for easy access to VPN connectivity.

  • The VPN’s IP Address / Hostname
  • Your VPN User Account Name
  • Your VPN User Account Password

5: Select the Authentication Settings button. In the Authentication Settings dialog box enter the following settings:

  • Your assigned Group Authentication Password (the Shared Secret / PSK)
  • Your assigned Group Authentication Name 
Shared Secret

6. Select OK, and Apply in the Network Preferences window in the bottom right.

Select Connect below the Authentication Settings button in order to connect to your MacStadium private cloud.