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How to Setup a Cisco IPSec VPN on Mac OSX Mountain Lion

Setting up a Cisco IPSec VPN on Mountain Lion is pretty straight-forward however I always forget the steps when I need to run through it with someone else so I thought I'd document the steps.  These all assume you have an admin username/password on the Mac in question and that you have all of your VPN details provided by your IT team... 1. Go to System Preferences on the Apple menu (top-left of screen)

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2. Choose the Network settings pane (you may need to back out of a previous pane first)

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3. If you need to 'unlock' the pane, click the padlock and do so then/otherwise click the + icon

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4. Choose Interface = VPN, Type = Cisco IPSec then choose a suitable name for Service Name.  Click Create.  

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5.  Fill in the IP address and user name fields, then click Authentication Settings

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6. Fill in your Shared Secret and Group Name, click OK.  Click, Apply and close System Preferences.  

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7.  On the title bar, click the VPN icon (doesn't really resemble anything relevant), then choose your new VPN service.  

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8. Fill in your username/password (special considerations may apply for RSA Tokens, etc.) and click OK.  You may receive a message at this point regarding security, read and click OK as appropriate.  

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9. Counter appears on title bar whilst VPN is connected.  

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10.  To disconnect open the menu from the VPN icon once more.  

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