Off-Campus Access to Network (VPN)

Using VPN Remote Access

Virtual Private Network (VPN) is provided for  Faculty and Staff  who wish to access the Middle Georgia State University network remotely using their broadband Internet Service Provider (ISP). VPN access uses the existing internet connection provided by the ISP to create a virtual connection to the MGA network. This connection is a virtual tunnel that uses SSL encryption to prevent eavesdropping. Once connected via VPN, users can then securely access resources on the local area network (LAN), such as remote desktop ,email and network shares.

  1. On your work computer, enable "Remote Desktop."
    Start (Windows Icon) --> Settings (Gear Icon) --> In "Find a setting," search for "Control Panel" and select --> System --> Remote Settings Tab --> Remote Tab --> Make sure "allow remote connections to this computer" is selected.
  2. On your work computer get your computer name. Right click the Start menu (Windows Icon), select run. Type “cmd” in the text box and click “ok.” In the window that opens, at the prompt, enter "hostname". The result on the next line of the command prompt window will display the computer name.  Write this down for use at home!
    Command Line Screenshot
  3. Windows and MAC OS X users:
    On your home computer, go to Login using the entire email address and associated password. Click on the link for the appropriate operating system then download and install the GlobalProtect Agent. This installs the GlobalProtect VPN client and places a GlobalProtect shortcut in the programs menu.

    To establish your VPN connection, go to the “Programs” menu and select the “Palo Alto Networks” folder, then the “GlobalProtect” folder and select the “GlobalProtect” shortcut.

    Make sure portal is and click “Connect.”
    On the sign-in screen, enter your MGA.EDU username and password and click sign-in.

    Once you are connected, status will indicate connected. You can now minimize the GlobalProtect screen and use VPN as usual.

    The task bar indicates your VPN connection status.
    Connected: Globe with shield on it shows you are connected.
    Disconnected: Globe with a red circle and white X show that the vpn is disconnected.
    You can click this icon to connect and disconnect as well.

    Android and Apple IOS tablets and smartphones:
    If you are using a tablet or smartphone, install the GlobalProtect agent using the app store.

    VPN is for Staff and Faculty only.

  4. On your home Windows 10 PC: In the search box on the taskbar, type Remote Desktop Connection, and then select Remote Desktop Connection. In Remote Desktop Connection, type the name of the PC you want to connect to (from Step 2), and then select Connect.
  5. For instructions on using Remote Desktop Connection with a Mac computer click here.

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