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Using VPN to connect to the Olin network

What is VPN?

VPN (Virtual Private Network) allows you to create a secure connection to the Olin network from off‐campus using your existing internet connection.

Why would I use VPN?

You would use VPN if you have files or documents on the network servers that you want to access while you are off‐campus. VPN is also ideal if you want to use licensed student software applications such as Solidworks, Matlab or Cadence while away from campus. You can also use Remote Desktop to access your on‐campus desktop while using VPN. Please note that internet speed will be slowed down due to resource limitations of the VPN gateway.

What do I need to do to get a VPN account/start using VPN?

VPN software is installed on all Olin laptops. This software can be found on your Olin computer by going to START button on lower left of computer and entering Pulse in the search box. Once the login screen appears, use your network credentials to login.

If you would like to install it on a personal system, please follow the instructions detailed here: Pulse Secure VPN Installation and Configuration

I have files on the network and my VPN client is connected. How do I get to them?

If you are using an Olin laptop, the best practice is to create shortcuts to your needed network locations while you are on campus.   If there is a location on the network that you would like access to remotely, right‐click the folder and choose create desktop.  You will receive a message that it will be created on the desktop.   These shortcuts will always open whenyou are connected to the Olin network both on‐campus and when using VPN off‐campus.

You can also access the servers directly by going to START→Run (also accessible via Windows Key + R) → and entering the name of the server you want to access preceded by ‘\\’ (ex. \\fsvs01 \\netapp01 …etc)

How do I change my password for VPN?

Your VPN password is the same password as your network account at Olin. Please refer to our Password Change Guide

Is there anything else I should know about VPN?

Logging into VPN creates a secure connection to the Olin network. For the new Pulse Secure VPN service Olin has implemented what is known as “split-tunneling” This allows you to reach Olin resources while still able to use your own ISP connection for services like Netflix, Hulu and other bandwidth intensive application that are not on Olin's network. “Full-Tunnel” means that all traffic is routed through Olin's network, please be sure this is what you want when selecting this option.

Note if you choose to remember this choice by selecting the check box when logging in to the VPN server, you will have to delete the Pulse Secure profile in the VPN client and recreate it to regain the option to select either “Split or Full” tunnel methods.