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Windows 10

Instructions for configuring the UIS VPN on Windows 10 devices.

Before you start, you will need to know:

  • your Network Access Username
    – typically your CRSid (username) followed by @cam.ac.uk, e.g. abc123@cam.ac.uk
  • your Network Access Token
    – find your 16-character token at https://tokens.csx.cam.ac.uk and copy it to your clipboard, in readiness.
  • the VPN server hostname 
    – only if connecting to an institution's Managed VPN Service, rather than to the University's general VPN. See the list of Managed VPN server hostnames

Setting-up the VPN in Windows 10

  1. Click Start > Settings to open the 'Settings' panel:

    startsettings

  2. ...and select Network & Internet:

    vpnnetwork

  3. Click VPN from the list on the left. Add a VPN connection will appear – click on the + sign:

    vpnadd

  4. Click in the VPN Provider window, which should add the text Windows (built-in).
  5. In the Connection name box, type Cambridge VPN.
  6. To connect to the main University VPN, in the Server name or address box enter: vpn.uis.cam.ac.uk
    Alternatively, if you are connecting to an Institution's Managed VPN Service (not the main University VPN), you will need to enter its VPN Server hostname here instead (see the list of Managed VPN server hostnames to find this).
  7. Click in the Type of sign-in info box, which should default to 'Username and password':

    vpnscreen

    DO NOT
     add the username and password at this stage, but ensure that Remember my sign-in info is ticked at the bottom of the screen.

  8. Click Save, and this screen will disappear.
  9. You should now see the 'Cambridge VPN' icon; click Change adapter settings beneath it:

    vpncambridge

  10. Right-click on the 'Cambridge VPN' icon (showing as 'Disconnected'), and choose Properties:

    disconnectedvpn

  11. Choose the Security tab, and under the heading Type of VPN, select IKEv2 from the drop down list:


    vpneap

  12. Under the heading Data encryption, select Require encryption (disconnect if server declines).
  13. Under the heading Authentication select Use Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP).
  14. Choose the Networking tab, then select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4), and then click Properties.

    vpn network properties

  15. Click Advanced, and then select the IP Settings tab in Advanced TCP/IP Settings box.

    vpn network properties2

  16. Make sure that 'Use default gateway on remote network' is checked.

    vpn network properties3

  17. Click the OK button, and close the window.

Connecting to the VPN in Windows 10

  1. Select Start > Settings.
  2. Select Network & Internet.
  3. Select VPN and then click on the Cambridge VPN icon. A Connect box will appear.
  4. Click Connect.
  5. In the Username box enter your CRSid@cam.ac.uk (e.g. abc123@cam.ac.uk)
  6. In the Password box enter your 16-character Network Access Token (get yours from https://tokens.csx.cam.ac.uk)

    makeconnection

    Hint: Check that the Remember my sign-in info checkbox is still ticked, if you want to log in automatically in future.

  7. Select the OK button. 'Connected' should appear below the Cambridge VPN icon.


Warning:
 Please be aware that traffic over the VPN is recorded and logged for security purposes

Disconnecting from the VPN after use

Click the Disconnect box on the right, below the Cambridge VPN icon.

Troubleshooting VPN problems in Windows 10

Continuously Connecting

In a recent update to Windows 10 it has been reported that connecting to the VPN using the network icon in the system tray results in the status getting stuck at 'connecting'.

This is a known issue which Microsoft are looking into. The workaround is to connect to the VPN via Settings>Network & Internet>VPN
This should cause the credentials prompt to appear, if the credentials are saved it should allow you to connect from the system tray icon going forwards.

IKE authentication error

On the latest builds of Windows 10 it has been reported that the server certificate needs to be manually installed. This can be downloaded from https://help.uis.cam.ac.uk/service/network-services/remote-access/uis-vpn/certs/vpn.crt

IKE service status

If you have trouble connecting to the VPN or the connection just hangs, it may be that the required IKE service has not been started. To check:

  1. Go to Start > Settings.
  2. Search for Administrative Tools. Choose Services from the list:
  3. The IKE and AuthIP service status should be listed as 'Running':

    ikev2

    If it isn't, double-click to highlight the IKE and AuthIP line, and change the Startup type to Automatic.

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