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Howto Setup L2TP/IPSec VPN for Mac OS X (10.5x) ?


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Below are procedures for setting up L2TP/IPSec VPN for Mac OS X (10.5+):

Step #1: Open the Network Control Panel, first, open the System Preferences by going to the Apple menu and choosing “System Preferences”. Or choose “System Preferences” from the Dock.

Next, click on the ‘Network’ system preference.

Step #2: Make a new connection, in the ‘Network’ system preference there is a list of network connections on the left side. Click the ‘+’ icon (highlighted in red) to make a new connection for the VPN.

Step #3: Set the Interface to ‘VPN’ and set the Connection Type and Name, when you click the ‘+’ icon, a new service sheet appears. Click on the ‘Interface’ popup menu to see the list of choices.

In the list, select ‘VPN’.

The ‘VPN Type’ should automatically be set to ‘L2TP over IPSec’, as seen in the picture below.

Next, set the Service Name to “Cowbee SDN VPN” and click “Create”:

Step #4: User Name, Password & Other Configurations, now that you have a VPN connection, you’ll need to configure for it:
In “Server Address”, enter our server host name: sdn.cowbee.net;
In “Account Name”, enter your vpn account name;

Then, click on the ‘Authentication Settings…’ button. A new sheet drops down.

  • Enter your Cowbee SDN VPN password in “Password” field; Enter our secret “xxx.xxx.xxx” in “Shared Secret” filed; (You are required to obtain the appropriate subscription for the L2TP Keys)
  • Step #5: Advanced VPN settings, next, we’ll need to adjust some of the advanced VPN settings. To do that, first click the ‘Advanced…” button.
    For the VPN to work effectively, the “Send all traffic over VPN connection” checkbox should be checked.

    Then click “OK” to finish advanced settings.

    Step #6: Apply the settings , to actually save the configuration, click the ‘Apply’ button in the bottom right of the window.

    Step #7: Connect to VPN, it’s done! Now you can use “connect” button in “Cowbee SDN VPN” configuration window to enjoy your secure web access!