MiWorkspace: VPN Connection for Mac Devices

UMich VPN

The UMich VPN is automatically installed on all MiWorkspace Mac devices and is used to access your home directory and department drives.

UM Network Protection VPN Service

MiWorkspace Mac users who work with sensitive data are asked to take the added precaution of using the UM Network Protection VPN Service connection when using a wireless connection or an off-campus connection of any kind. This provides enhanced network protection for the university's sensitive data. The UM Network Protection VPN Service is automatically installed on your device. If you use a MiWorkspace Mac device and store sensitive data and this option is not available on your device, please request it from the ITS Service Center.

Setup

Before using the UMich VPN or the UM Network Protection VPN Service, there are a few steps you'll need to follow. This process takes less than five minutes. Once you follow these steps the first time you connect, you can quickly connect to the VPN through the Mac menu bar.

  1. Click on the Apple menu and select System Preferences.

    Screen shot of VPN icon, which is a black oval with white vertical bars in it.

  2. Click Network in the System Preferences pane.

    Screen shot of VPN pop-up menu with the UM Network Protection VPN Service selection highlighted.

  3. On the left side of the Network pane, select UMich VPN or UM Network Protection VPN Service. The UM Network Protection VPN Service will likely appear as "UM Net...Service".

    Screen shot of timer in toolbar immediately to the right of the VPN icon.

  4. To quickly access the VPN, check the Show VPN status in menu bar box to add the VPN to the Mac menu bar.

    Screen shot of timer in toolbar immediately to the right of the VPN icon.

  5. Enter your uniqname in the Account Name field and your UMICH password in the Password field. Then click OK.

    Screen shot of timer in toolbar immediately to the right of the VPN icon.

  6. Click Connect.

    Screen shot of selecting Disconnect from the VPN pop-up menu.

    ...and you should be connected within a few seconds.

    Screen shot of timer in toolbar immediately to the right of the VPN icon.

Your VPN is ready to use! Disconnect from the VPN by pressing Disconnect. Remember to use this VPN whenever you connect to the Internet from off-campus or via wireless to access sensitive university data.

Quick Connect

Click the VPN icon in the menu bar to expand the VPN menu, then select the VPN you wish to use.

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Last Updated: 
Wednesday, November 23, 2016