How to set up Cisco VPN for Macintosh OS X 10.6 for the UNIMELB Staff VPN. For OS X 10.6 there is no requirement to download a Cisco client as the Cisco VPN is a built-in component of 10.6′s networking preferences, you just need to plug in the correct settings.
Create a new network connection:
From the Apple menu, open System Preferences and go to the Network system pane. In the bottom left corner, make sure the lock is open. If it is not, click on it and enter your administrator password to unlock it. Once the lock is open, click the small plus (+) sign immediately above the lock. This will open the new interface dialog.
Interface = VPN
VPN Type = Cisco IPSec
* Server Address: vpn.staff.unimelb.edu.au
* Account Name: Your Uni/ARS ID
* Password: Your Uni/ARS Password
Do not save your password in the setting, leave this field blank you will be prompted for a Password when you connect.
Tick the “Show VPN status in menu bar”
Note: These details can be obtained via the staffVPN.pcf [restricted access]
* Shared Secret:
Get the CISCO encrypted password (enc_GroupPwd) from https://its1.unimelb.edu.au/vpn/staffVPN.pcf. Decode it here http://www.unix-ag.uni-kl.de/~massar/bin/cisco-decode to obtain the clear key.
* Group Name: vpn-staff
Connecting to the VPN:
Use your university (ARS) account and password to authenticate to the VPN server.
Controlling the VPN connection
Once you are connected, your connection time will be displayed in the menu bar.
You can use this menu bar item to control your VPN session without having to open the settings control panel.