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Setting up VPN on your device

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Setting up VPN in OS X / MacOS

Setting up VPN in iOS (iPhone / iPad)

Setting up VPN in Windows 10, 8.1 and 8


Setting up VPN in OS X (10.7 and newer) or Mac OS

  1. Click on the Apple in the upper left section of the menu bar and choose System Preferences -->Network.
  2. Click the "+" under the network connections box and choose the following:  Interface = VPNVPN TypeCisco IpsecService Name= leave the default and click "Create".
  3. Click on the new VPN connection in the box and configure with the following: Server Address =,  Account Name = " your username",  Password = Leave this empty.

  4. Click the button "Authentication Settings".

  5.  For the Shared Secret and the Group Name write down the info from bottom box at this protected link and return here to this page

  6. Be sure to check the box for "Show VPN Status in Menu Bar".

  7. Click "Apply" and close the system preferences window.

  8. In the Menu bar (near the clock) will be the VPN symbol, click it and click "Connect VPN".

  9. Put in your Bowdoin password when prompted. It will say "Connected" when it is complete.

  10. Be sure to "Disconnect VPN" when you are finished connecting to campus.

    Please Note: VPN will not connect from ON campus and also will NOT connect if you have not filled out the VPN Request Form and received your approval confirmation email


Setting up VPN for iOS (iPhone / iPad)

  1. On your device, choose Settings > General > Network > VPN 
  2. Choose Add VPN Configuration

  3. Choose IPSec

  4. Fill out the following information:
    Description: Bowdoin
    Account: Your Bowdoin email address (ex.
    Password: your Bowdoin email password
    Use Certificate: OFF
    Group Name: Bowdoin
    Secret: Get the Secret or "Shared Secret" from the secure VPN web page.

  5. Set the Proxy to off

  6. Click Save

  7.  Once you've created a VPN configuration choose Settings from your Home Screen.

  8. VPN will be listed.

  9. Slide the switch to on or off.

  10. Type in your Bowdoin password.

  11. You will know that you are connected when you see the VPN symbol in the top left corner of your screen.

    NOTE: The VPN may disconnect when your device goes into hibernation (sleep) mode.


Setting Up VPN in Windows 10, 8.1 and 8

Warning: This installation requires making changes to the Windows Registry.  Please contact the Service Desk at (207) 725-3030 or Student Technical Services at (207) 721-5050 if you need assistance.

If VPN is not currently installed, start at step 5.

  1. Completely Remove Cisco VPN Client and DNE Update if installed. 
    1. Click: Start Button > Settings > System > App & features.
    2. If exists: Select 'Cisco Systems VPN Client ...' and click Uninstall.
    3. If exists: Select 'DNE Update by Deterministic Networks, Inc.' and click Uninstall.
  2. Reboot.
  3. Run DNE Cleanup Utility to ensure that the DNE is properly cleaned up.
    1. Information about 'Citrix Winfix.exe Cleanup Utility' can be found at Citrix DNE Support.
    2. Download and run the Winfix.exe.
  4. Reboot.
  5. Install the Sonic VPN software from here: SonicWALL Global VPN Client download site.
  6. Reboot.
  7. Install the 'Cisco VPN client for Windows 7 64bit' from the Bowdoin VPN Access Page.
  8. Apply registry fix
    1. Open Registry editor by typing: 'regedit' in Search Windows.
    2. Browse to the Registry Key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\CVirtA
    3. Select the DisplayName to modify, and remove the leading characters from the value data up to and including "%;" i.e:
      1. For x64, change the value data from something like "@oem8.inf,%CVirtA_Desc%;Cisco Systems VPN Adapter for 64-bit Windows” to "Cisco Systems VPN Adapter for 64-bit Windows”
      2. For x86, change the value data from something like "@oem8.inf,%CVirtA_Desc%;Cisco Systems VPN Adapter” to "Cisco Systems VPN Adapter”
  9. Reboot, Launch Cisco VPN Client and connect.

NOTE: Windows 10 users may receive the following error when attempting a VPN connection: "Secure VPN Connection terminated locally by the Client.  Reason 433:Reason not specified by peer."

Reinstalling the Cisco VPN Client according to the directions above starting at Step 1 will resolve this issue.








Article ID: 23845
Mon 1/30/17 12:58 PM
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