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helpdesk@montana.edu How to install a VPN client on Windows XP

To install a VPN client:
  1. Click the "Control Panel" link in the Start menu (figure 1).
  2. Click the "Network Connections" link (figure 2).
  3. Click "Create a new connection" (figure 3).
  4. The Network Wizard Opens
  5. Click "Next".
  6. Select "Connect to the network at my workplace", then click "Next"
    (figure 4).
  7. Select "Virtual Private Network, then click "Next" (figure 5).
  8. Enter VPN MSU in the"Company Name" field (figure 6), then click "Next".
  9. Establishing initial connection to the internet
  10. Select "Automatically dial this connection" to have your computer connect to the internet prior to establishing the VPN connection, then select your internet service provider from the drop-down menu (figure 7).
    OR

    Select "Do not dial the initial connection" if you don't want to be connected automatically.
  11. Click "Next".
  12. Enter vpn.montana.edu in the "Host name or IP address" field (fig 8).
  13. Select "My use only" so that you're the only user allowed to use the connection (figure 9), then click "Next".
  14. Before exiting you can check the box next to "Add a shortcut to this connection to my desktop" if desired. (figure 10)
  15. Click "Finish" to exit the wizard.
A "Connect MSU VPN" login box will open (figure 11), enter your Domain username and password as described below (step 2).

To use your new VPN connection

  1. Double-click on the shortcut you created on your desktop OR
    Go to the Start menu (figure 1), select "My Network Places", click on the "View Network Connections", then double-click the VPN link .
  2. Enter your MSU domain username and password using the DOMAIN\Username syntax (figure 11) .
  3. You may also use any of the trusted DOMAIN accounts including COE, Facilities, Burns, and KUSM (for example, COE\username).
  4. Click "Connect" to establish the connection.
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Screen of start window. Figure 1. Click "Control Panel".
Screen shot. Figure 2. Click "Network Connections". Return to instructions
Screen shot. Figure 3. Click "Create a new connection". Return to instructions
Screen shot. Figure 4. Choose "Connect to the network at my workplace". Return to instructions
Screen shot. Figure 5. Choose "Virtual Private Network connection". Return to instructions
Screen shot. Figure 6. Enter VPN MSU for the connection. Return to instructions
Screen shot. Figure 7. Choose to connect to the internet manually or automatically. Return to instructions
Screen shot. Figure 8. Enter vpn.montana.edu in the Host name field. Return to instructions
Screen shot. Figure 9. Select "My use only". Return to instructions
Screen shot. Figure 10. Check the box next to add shortcut and then click "Finish" to exit wizard. Return to instructions
Screen shot.
Figure 11. Enter your domain name and password (using the DOMAIN\username syntax as shown) then click "Connect".Return to instructions