How do I VPN?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by D0ct0rteeth, Feb 23, 2005.

  1. D0ct0rteeth macrumors 65816


    Mar 11, 2002
    Franklin, TN
    How do I VPN in to my Office Windows Network using my Powerbook?

    I can connect to the server, but I cant see the network (where are my files?)

    Can you connect on a Mac? Can you "map a network drive" ?

    - Doc
  2. Fender2112 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 11, 2002
    Charlotte, NC
    You will probablly need to get your network administrator to help with this. In your Applications folder you should have an app called Internet Connect. There is a VPN tab that allows you to set it up. That's where you need the network people to provide the info.

    You can also try Windows Remote Desktop for Mac. This is what I use to login and take control of my PC. If you need something more robust, try Timbuktu from Netopia.

    Hope this helps.
  3. varmit macrumors 68000


    Aug 5, 2003
    You can do it, if they have it setup already, by using a VPN client software. You will need to ask your administrator for which one you use, and if its Cisco VPN, then there is a great client for the Mac that I use to get into my work computers. The only thing, you are not tied to Active Directory like a Windows PC would be, so browsing the network produces nothing (you can attach to AD, but since this is your home computer, I suggest not doing it). But if you know the IP address of the server, you can use the finder and click Go in the menu bar across the top, and choose Connect to Server from the drop down menu. Put the IP in, then you should communicate with the server. I use Remote Desktop, and I have to use IP address instead of the names of the computers like I do when I'm using my PC at work. Go see your Admin, and he should tell you all the information you would need to know to connect through the VPN. Plus he would have to allow your user name to connect from a remote location, because that is not on by default.
  4. D0ct0rteeth thread starter macrumors 65816


    Mar 11, 2002
    Franklin, TN
    no success either by internet connect or "connect to server" from the "go menu"

    I can connect to the server via "internet connect" but it just says "connected to XX.XX.XX.XX, and connect time XX.XX.XX"

    This is the info that works on PPTP

    accountname: username
    password: password

    However I cant browse to see the files. We do have a cisco firewall (i blieve a pics 550) however all the PC guys just go right thru windows and dont use a Cisco client.

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