First, you will open the Control Panel and go to Network and Sharing Center.

To do this, right click on the Start Menu you will see a screen like this. Select Control Panel.


Next, to get to Network and Sharing Center select Network and Internet.


From there, select Network and Sharing Center.


Now we will create a new VPN connection.

Select Set up a new connection or network.


Select Connect to a Workplace and click Next.


Now, select Use my Internet Connection (VPN).


Next, we will input the Internet address and Destination name.

For the Internet address type and for the Destination name type UF VPN and select Create.



Next, we will change the security settings to allow for a proper connection.

You should still be in the Control Panel under Network and Sharing Center. If you have closed this window, navigate back to Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center.

On the left hand side of the page you will select Change Adapter Settings.


A screen will come up with different types of connections such as Ethernet or Wireless.

The one you want to edit is the new UF VPN connection. Right click on UF VPN and select properties.


On this window, there are a few things that need to be changed. Click on the security tab at the top to get a window similar to this.


In the dropdown box at the top, you want to select Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol with IPsec (L2TP/IPsec).

Also, on the bottom select Allow these protocols. The only one that should be checked is Microsoft CHAP Version 2 (MS-CHAP v2).

DO NOT close the window yet.

Next select Advanced Settings.

Select Use preshared key for authentication.

For the key: type gator+vpn!

Advanced Settings


From here select OK until the window closes.

Now, on the bottom right-hand side of the screen select the monitor or radio wave icon. This will bring up a window that should similar to this.

Connection_ShownConnection Type

Select UF VPN.

On this window select Connect.

VPN Connect

For Username type your Gatorlink Username (ex – johndoe) this does not require anything else with this

For Password type your current Gatorlink Password.



You have now successfully set up the VPN and are connected to UF. Now, you will be able to connect to any network drives you may have. For instructions on how to do that go to and select connect to remote drives.