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Configuring the UIS VPN for Windows 7


Attention Windows 7 users

Microsoft will stop supporting Windows 7 on 14 January 2020, and will no longer supply any security updates for the operating system.

We recommend that all users upgrade to Windows 10 as soon as possible to avoid the risk of their devices becoming increasingly vulnerable to cyber attacks.

 Microsoft's FAQ on upgrading to Windows 10

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[Notes and screen shots created using Windows 7 Professional]

Before you begin, please ensure:

  • You know your Network Access Username - typically your CRSid (username) followed by "".  For example, "".
  • You have your Network Access Token - either written down, or displayed on the screen of an adjacent device.  This is a 16 character long password and is NOT the same as your University (Raven) password. You can find out your token by visiting the Network Access Token site.
  • If you have been advised to use a Managed VPN, rather than the general University VPN service, you will need the VPN server hostname.  Available VPNs and their server hostnames are listed 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. Click on Start -> Control Panel
  2. From the View by drop down list (top right) select small icons
  3. Select Network and Sharing Center
  4. Select Set up a new connection or network
    Network and Sharing Center
  5. Select Connect to a workplace then the Next button 
    Set up a Connection or Network pane
  6. Select Use my Internet connection (VPN)
    Use(VPN) pane
  7. In the Internet address box enter
    Alternatively, if you are using an institutional Managed VPN, enter the VPN server hostname here instead.
  8. In the Destination name box enter Cambridge VPN
  9. Tick Don't connect now; just set it up so I can connect later
  10. Select the Next button
    Connect to Workplace screen 1
  11. In the User name box enter your
  12. In the Password box enter your Network token (you get this from
  13. Tick Remember password
  14. Leave Domain blank and select the Create button
    Connect to Workplace screen 2
  15. A new window with the heading The connection is ready to use will appear
  16. Do Not select Connect Now - the setup is not complete
  17. Select the Close button
    Connect to Workplace screen 3
  18. If the Network and Sharing Center window is no longer open go to Start -> Control Panel -> Network and Sharing Center
  19. Select Change adapter settings
    Change Adapter option
  20. A new adapter, called Cambridge VPN, will now be present
  21. Right click on the adapter and select Properties
  22. Select the Options tab
  23. Remove the tick mark from
    • Prompt for name and password, certificate, etc.
    • Include Windows logon domain
    VPN properties pane 1
  24. Select the Security tab
  25. Under the heading Type of VPN select IKEv2 from the drop down list then select the OK button
    VPN properties pane 2


  1. To connect to the VPN select the network icon in the bottom right hand corner of the screen
  2. Select Cambridge VPN then the Connect button
  3. A new window will appear – select the Connect button 
    Connect to VPN pane
  4. A series of dialog boxes will appear as the connection is established
  5. If you are asked to Set a Network Location choose Public network 
    Set Network Connection pane class=
  6. You will see a screen advising that The network location is now Public
  7. Select the Close button

Disconnecting after use

  1. To disconnect from the VPN connection when your work is complete, select the network icon in the bottom right hand corner of the screen
  2. Select Cambridge VPN then select the Disconnect button


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