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Connecting to a VPN

Once you’ve configured one or more VPN connections, you can connect to the remote network any time your computer is connected to the Internet (regardless of the connection method). You can connect by launching Internet Connect, selecting the appropriate VPN icon, and clicking Connect. If you have multiple configurations of a single VPN connection, you’ll need to select the appropriate one from the Configuration pop-up menu. If you need to enter information from a SecurID or if you haven’t stored your password in Internet Connect, you will be asked to enter that information when connecting.

If you have the VPN menu bar icon displayed, you can also connect by selecting it and then selecting Connect from the drop-down menu (see Figure 5). If you have multiple VPN connections configured, you can select the appropriate one from the menu prior to selecting Connect. The menu bar icon will display the status of the connection.

Figure 5

Figure 5 The Mac OS X VPN menu

To disconnect from a VPN, either click the Disconnect button in Internet Connect or select Disconnect from the menu of the VPN menu bar icon (some VPN servers may automatically disconnect you after a period of inactivity between your computer and the remote network). To remove a VPN connection from a Mac, open Internet Connect, and click and drag the icon for the connection out of the Internet Connect window (much as you would to remove an menu bar icon). The icon will disappear in a puff of animated smoke like when you remove an item from the Dock.

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