Connect a Mac to VPN

Select your operating system and follow the insturctions to connect your Mac to the University of Sheffield VPN.

Due to Yosemite using lower security standards, you will be prompted for your password each time you connect. Mac OS El Capitan and later is not affected.

Mac OS El Capitan & later
  1. Open System Preferences and click Network
  2. Click the + to create a new service
  3. Interface: VPN
  4. VPN Type: IKEv2
  5. You can rename the VPN connection if you wish, by editing the Service Name
  6. Click Create
  7. In the Server Address field enter: vpn.shef.ac.uk
  8. In the Remote ID field, enter: vpn.shef.ac.uk
  9. Click Authentication Settings and enter your university username and remote access password
  10. Click OK
  11. Click Advanced...
  12. Click the + below the Search domains box and type in shef.ac.uk
  13. Click OK
  14. Click Apply to save the settings
  15. Your VPN is now set up. Click Connect every time you want to use it.
Mac OS Yosemite
  1. Open System Preferences and click Network
  2. Click the + to create a new service
  3. From the drop menu select VPN
  4. A new menu for VPN Type will appear. Select Cisco IPSec
  5. You can rename your VPN connection if you wish, by editing the Service Name
  6. Click Create
  7. In the server address field enter: vpn.shef.ac.uk
  8. In account name enter your University username
  9. For the password, put in your Remote Access password
  10. Click Authentication Settings
  11. For both Shared Secret and Group Name enter unishef
  12. Click OK
  13. Your VPN is now set up. Click Connect every time you want to use it.

You will need your Remote Access password in order to connect. If you don't have one, you can request one by clicking the link below.

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