Can’t access network resources over VPN connection on Mac OS X

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Can’t access network resources over VPN connection on Mac OS X

by Joshua Poehls

So you have your shiny OS X connected to a VPN, good deal! The problem is, you can’t connect to any of the servers and workstations on the VPN. What could be wrong?

It could be that OS X is still trying to find those machines on the internet instead of looking for them on the VPN connection. We can tell OS X to check the VPN connection first by giving it a higher priority than the other network connections on your Mac.

To change the priority of your VPN connection:

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences and click Network.
  2. Choose Set Service Order from the Action pop-up menu (looks like a gear).
  3. Drag your VPN connection to the top of the list.
  4. Click OK, and then click Apply to make the new settings active.

This solution saved my day when I couldn’t Remote Desktop into my workstation over the VPN.

For more information, refer to Apple’s documentation for this.

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