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Setup a VPN connection from macOS

Since 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 hunt for a third party client and potentially save a lot of money.

Step 1

Open System Preferences and then select Network preferences. macOS System Preferences

Step 2

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

Step 3

In the dialog box that comes up select the interface type VPN and then select Cisco IPSec as your VPN protocol type. Select VPN Select the Cisco IPSec protocol

Step 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.

Enter VPN credentials

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

Step 7

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.