The Virtual Private Network is a system at the University that allows an off-campus computer to connect to the University network. Once connected via the VPN, the off-campus computer will be treated by the University network as though it were on-campus.
Access to the VPN is for employees only and is limited and granted on a per-user basis.
The VPN requires you to download a connection agent. You only need to complete this process once. See below for information on how to do any subsequent VPN connections you may want to make.
A VPN connection can be established on both a Mac and Windows computer. The instructions below are primarily focused on a Windows computer, because that is the most common operating system in use by the faculty and staff at the University. However, the process for both operating systems is basically the same.
You must have administrator rights on your local machine to complete these instructions.
In the bottom-right of your screen, a Globe icon will appear informing you of the status of your connection.
A globe icon will appear in the status bar at the top-right of your screen. It will let you know when you have successfully connected to the VPN.
Once you have successfully connected to the VPN, your computer will act as if it is on-campus. You will be able to access all the resources you would normally be able to access if you were on-site at the University.
Please note: You may need to fully-qualify some network address. E.g. Instead of connecting to
\\unrnas\folder you may need to enter the connection as
The VPN Connection Agent is programmed to always run. However, you must manually tell it when you would like to connect to the VPN.
Locate the GlobalProtect Globe Icon in your system tray. You may need to click on the arrow to the left of all the icons to expand the available running programs.
Locate the GlobalProtect Globe Icon in the status bar at the top-right of your screen (near the clock).
You are now connected to the VPN.
To disconnect, right-click on the Globe Icon in the system tray (Windows) or status bar (Mac) and then click on Disconnect.
If you have any issues with the VPN, please contact IT Support.