Connecting to the Botany VPN on Mac OS X
You can use the built-in Mac OS X VPN client to connect to the Department of Botany VPN. The setup is somewhat involved, but easy enough to do if you follow the instructions below. You should only have to follow these instructions once to setup the VPN adapter on your system. If you already have followed them once, skip ahead to the Connecting to the VPN Server section below.
In the window that appears, enter or select the following:
- Interface: VPN
- VPN Type: L2TP over IPSec
- Service name: Arbitrary, but I suggest UW-Madison Botany VPN
- Server Address: macvpn.botany.wisc.edu
- Account Name: As provided by Botany IT
Once you have successfully configured your system to connect to the VPN, the actual connection process is trivial. Look in the upper right-hand corner of your screen for the VPN quick-connect icon. You can see it in the screen shot below.
Simply select the Connect UW-Madison Botany VPN option and the VPN will being connecting to the VPN server. This process will take several seconds. The connection is complete when the VPN quick-connect icon turns into a digital clock and starts counting up.
If the connection is not successful, a dialog box will be displayed announcing the fact with some extremely basic diagnostic information. Please take note of the current date and time, and the contents of the dialog box and contact Botany IT with that information.
The process of disconnecting is just as easy as connecting. Simply look for the VPN quick-connect icon in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. You can see it in the screen shot below.
Click on the VPN quick-connect icon and select Disconnect UW-Madison Botany VPN. The system will then disconnect you.