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Configuring the Birkbeck VPN using Apple Mac OS 10.10 (Yosemite)

Mac OS X 10.10 and the Birkbeck VPN

Macintosh operating systems have limited support from IT Services, and these notes are provided for guidance only.

Please ensure that you have read the VPN introduction giving a brief background to the VPN service, before

Initial configuration (you only need to do this once)


1. Click on System Preferences in the Apple menu

Applie menu

2. Click on the Network icon in the System Preferences box

System Preferences screen

3. You can add the VPN service by clicking on the plus sign (+) in the bottom left hand corner of the Network box.

Network preferences screen

4. The New Service box will appear (illustrated below)

From the Interface drop down menu select “VPN”.

From the VPN Type drop down menu Select “PPTP”.

In the Service Name box Type a recognizable name such as BBK VPN. Then click on Create.

New Service box

5. From the Configuration drop down menu in the subsequent box select “Add Configuration”.

VPN Creation - Configuration drop down

6. In the Name box type in a memorable name for the configuration such as BBK VPN again. Click on Create.

VPN Creation - name box

7. Next, in the Server Address box type the name or address of the Birkbeck VPN server ( or for staff; for students)

In the Account Name box type your ITS username.

Tick the Show VPN status in the menu bar box in the bottom left of the main window. This makes it easier to connect and disconnect from the VPN as it puts a VPN icon in the top right of the Apple menu bar at all times.

Click on the Advanced button in the bottom right of the main window.

VPN Configuration

8. Make sure the Send all traffic over VPN connection is ticked and click on OK.

VPN Configuration options

9. Click on Apply and close the System Preferences window and the VPN setup is now complete.

Connecting to the Birkbeck VPN Connection

To start the Birkbeck VPN at any time you click on the VPN icon on the left of the menu bar  (as shown below) and click on Connect BBK VPN(or whatever else you called it).

VPN dropdown menu

You then need to enter your usual ITS username and password in the relevant boxes and click on OK.

logging in to the VPN

The VPN icon will then change in the menu bar when you successfully connect and indicates how long you are connected (illustrated below).

The menu bar showing VPN connection

Disconnecting from the Birkbeck VPN Connection

To disconnect from the Birkbeck VPN you just need to click on Disconnect BBK VPN from the VPN drop down menu in the menu bar.

You should disconnect from the VPN when you are not using it.

Disconnecting from the VPN