This form is used to generate instructions for configuring macOS Snow Leopard and later to access a Cisco VPN. Network administrators will often mail out PCF files. The Cisco VPN client that most people use to access Cisco VPNs will import that file and use it to configure the VPN settings. macOS can't use that file, so we need to pull out the information required.
PCF files aren't stored on the server. But if you have any concerns about the safety and security of your PCF files, stop now and don't make use of this form. If you don't have Snow Leopard or later, you will have to install the Cisco VPN client and don't need to use this form - you can use the PCF file directly.
If you have Snow Leopard or later and want to use the native client, browse to your PCF file and upload it now.
VPN Setup Instructions
For the impatient, here are the settings you'll need:
- Shared Secret:
For those who have no idea what to do with that information, here's the instructions for configuring macOS to access the VPN. Snow Leopard has native support for only recent Cisco VPNs. If you don't have Snow Leopard or if these settings don't work, you'll need to install and use the Cisco-provided VPN client.
- Open the macOS System Preferences
- Click on the Network icon
- In the bottom left corner of the Network settings, click the '+' button
- A small window will appear. In the Interface box, choose VPN
- For the VPN Type choose Cisco IPSec
- Type whatever you like for the Service Name, e.g., ' VPN'
- Press the Create button
- In the Server Address field, type ''
- In the Account Name field enter your network username. This will either be the name you use to login to your account at work or will have been provided to you by the network administrator
- In the Password field enter your network password
- Press the Authentication Settings button
- Click the Shared Secret radio button
- In the Shared Secret field type ''
- In the Group Name field type ''
- Press the OK button
- In the bottom right of the Network settings, press the Apply button
After following these instructions you should have a VPN entry in the left column. When you want to connect to your VPN, click on the entry you just created and press the Connect button on the right hand side.
If you check the 'Show VPN status in menu bar' item on the right hand side, then a VPN icon will appear in the menu bar. If you click on it, you can choose to connect to your VPN. This is the simplest way to setup a VPN.