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Windows 7 and the Birkbeck VPN

Configuring the Birkbeck VPN for Windows 7

Please ensure that you have read the background information about the VPN service and configuring your computer.

Go to Start Menu

Image showing start button with Control Panel button highlighted

 and click on Control Panel

Screenshot showing view of networking information and setup

Under Network and Internet click on View network status and tasks

Screenshot showing connect to a workplace screen

Click on Set up a new connection or network, and then Connect to a workplace

Screenshot showing connect to a workplace view

Click on Use my Internet connection (VPN)

Screenshot showing the UP address settings and destination name

Staff should enter 193.61.55.240 and students 193.61.20.50 for the Internet Address, give the connection a sensible Destination Name (e.g. Birkbeck College VPN connection) and make sure that "Don’t connect now…." is ticked. Then click Next.

Screenshot showing username and password login box

Enter your ITS User name and Password, make sure the domain is set to CCSACADEMIC, and tick Remember this password if you wish, then click Create.

You will then be told that The connection is ready to use, but further changes are required, so click Close.

Screenshot showing connection ready to use message

Click on the Internet Access Icon Windows 7 Internet Access icon in the bottom right hand corner of the screen.

Screenshot showing available VPNs

 Right click on the VPN connection we have just created (Birkbeck College VPN Connection in this example) and select Properties, and then select the Security Tab

Windows 7 VPN Setup security tab

From the Type of VPN: select Point to Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP)

From the Data encryption drop down menu select Maximum strength encryption….

Make sure Microsoft CHAP Version 2 … is the only box ticked under Allow these protocols.

Click on the Networking tab

Screenshot showing VPN Networking tab

Untick File and Printer sharing for Microsoft Networks. Then click on OK.

The VPN connection is now configured.

To start the connection click on the Internet Access Icon Windows 7 Internet Access icon in the bottom right hand corner of the screen and click on Connect.