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Configuring the UIS VPN for Windows 8 and 8.1

Before you start, you will need to know:

  • yourNetwork Access Token usernameandpassword
    – create yourtoken on the UIS Network Access Tokens siteand keep the window or tab open, in readiness for when you'll need to copy the username and password.
  • If you have been advised to use aManaged VPN, rather than the general University VPN service, you will need theVPN server hostname. Available VPNs and their server hostnames arelisted on the Managed VPN page.

Please be aware that traffic over the VPN is recorded and logged, for security purposes

Setting up the VPN

  1. From theStartscreen press the Windows key + W
    • Windows 8- selectAppsfrom the options below the search box
    • Windows 8.1- selectEverywherefrom the drop down list
  2. Search for then selectControl Panel
  3. From theView bydrop down list (top right) selectsmall icons
  4. SelectNetwork and Sharing Center
  5. SelectSet up a new connection or network

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  6. SelectConnect to a workplace
  7. Select theNextbutton
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  8. SelectUse my Internet connection (VPN)

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  9. In theInternet addressbox entervpn.uis.cam.ac.uk
    Alternatively, if you are using an institutionalManaged VPN, enter theVPN server hostnamehere instead.
  10. In theDestination namebox enterCambridge VPN
  11. TickRemember my credentials
  12. Select theCreatebutton

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  13. A dialog box will appear titledCreating the Connection
  14. Click away from theNetworksside bar to close it the setup is not complete
  15. If theNetwork and Sharing Centerwindow is no longer open, press the Windows key + W
    • Windows 8- SelectAppsfrom the options below the search box
    • Windows 8.1- selectEverywherefrom the drop down list
  16. Search for and click onControl Panel
  17. SelectNetwork and Sharing Center
  18. SelectChange adapter settings

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  19. A new adapter, calledCambridge VPN, will now be present
  20. Right click on the adapter and selectProperties
  21. Select theSecuritytab
  22. Under the headingType of VPNselectIKEv2from the drop down list
  23. Under the headingData encryptionselectRequire encryption (disconnect if server declines)
  24. Under the headingAuthenticationselectUse Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP)
  25. Select theOKbutton

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  26. Close any remaining Network Connections windows

Connecting

  1. To connect to the VPN press the Windows key + W and search forNetwork
  2. SelectConnect to a network
  3. On the Networks bar selectCambridge VPNthen theConnectbutton
  4. If you haven't done so already, create aNetwork Access Tokenon theUIS Network Access Token site, and keep the window/tab open so you can refer to the username and password.
  5. In theUsernamebox, type yourNetwork Access Token username,usually in the formCRSid+your chosen suffix@cam.ac.uk(e.g.abc123+worklaptop@cam.ac.uk).
  6. In thePasswordbox, type your 16-characterNetwork Access Token password.

    Tip:Don't copy and paste the username or password because this can lead to extra spaces being added, which results in an error.

  7. Select theOKbutton.
  8. On theNetworksside barCambridge VPNshould appear asConnected.

Disconnecting after use

  1. Disconnect from the VPN connection when your work is complete by pressing the Windows key + W and searching forNetwork
  2. SelectConnect to a network.
  3. On the Networks bar selectCambridge VPNthen theDisconnectbutton.
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