Connecting to a VPN (Mac)

How to connect to the U-M network when you are off campus. This can be especially helpful for when you are trying to connect to an S: Drive server (or any other drives/server spaces).

Objective

With VPN Client you are able to connect to services on the U-M Network as if you were in your office. This application will be especially helpful to users who have issues of port-blocking from their ISP's at home.

Environment

  • Mac (Apple)
  • Cisco AnyConnect
  • UM VPN

Procedure

Installing and using the VPN with Cisco AnyConnect Client

Go to the VPN website to download the client and follow the instructions to connect.

  1. Launch the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility client.
  2. Select UMVPN - All Traffic or UMVPN - Only U-M Traffic from the profile drop-down list.
  3. Click Connect.
  4. When prompted, authenticate using your uniqname and UMICH password.
 Note
If your Mac is managed by LSA Technology Services, the client should already be installed on your system and you can skip to the section "Connect Using the VPN."

Connecting with the VPN using the Network Profile

 Note
This method may be available for use on managed Mac computers, but has been replaced by the Cisco AnyConnect Client listed above.
  1. Click the Apple on the upper menu bar.
  2. Click "System Preferences."
  3. Click "Network."
  4. Choose "UMVPN - Only U-M Traffic" from the left side bar.
  5. On the right side, verify that your uniqname and Kerberos password are correctly entered.
  6. Click "Connect."
  7. The Status at the top of the window will change to "Connected" and "UMVPN - Only U-M Traffic" on the left side bar will now have a GREEN LIGHT. You are all set to use the VPN.
  8. After you are done using the VPN, click "Disconnect."
  9. The Status will change to "Not Connected" and "UMVPN - Only U-M Traffic" on the left side bar will now have a YELLOW LIGHT.

Instructional Video:

 Note
Please follow step 4 above when watching the instructional video and connect to the "UMVPN - Only U-M Traffic" profile and not the "All Traffic" profile as demonstrated.

Additional notes


VPN software applies encryption to your session, so you may notice slower speeds. When using the VPN on-campus-wireless connection also assigns you a public 141.211.x.x IP address. If you use a NAT router at home, be aware that your computer will have a public IP address when using VPN client that may expose your computer to unwanted port scans and break-in attempts that your NAT router may otherwise prevent.

Details

Article ID: 1535
Created
Tue 5/26/20 6:14 PM
Modified
Tue 6/23/20 11:26 AM