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IT Self-Help: Using the VPN to connect to the CCSU Network

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What is the VPN?
Instructions to Access CCSU VPN
Using the VPN Bookmarks
Changing Browser Options


What is the VPN?

Information Technology understands the need for faculty and staff to access their Personal Shares (M: drive), Department Drive (S: drive), Banner Production INB and other campus network resources from off campus. In an effort to improve current services, IT has implemented a virtual private network (VPN) that allows you to access CCSU systems remotely.

This system is quite easy to use. All you have to do is access https://vpn.ccsu.edu from the Internet and enter in your BlueNet Account username and password just like you would on the campus network. In moments, you have access to netshare files just like you would on the campus network. Now you do not need to save your work to a disk in order to bring it home and work on it. All of your files will be available to you through any computer at any location at any time as long as you have internet access. Other systems that can be accessed remotely via the VPN include Banner Production INB and Outlook.

 

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Instructions to Access CCSU VPN

  1. Go to: https://vpn.ccsu.edu
  2. The VPN login window will open. Enter your BlueNet Account username and password. Choose a Realm from the drop down menu (BlueNet (for faculty/staff) or Students). Click on Sign In.
  3. If security Alerts will appear the first time you login, you may choose to always trust the web site. Clicking Always will prevent the Security Alerts from appearing every time you log on to VPN.
  4. The VPN window will be present with links to various campus network resources.

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Using the VPN Bookmarks

A bookmark is a link to a specific website or folder. By clicking on a bookmark you are instantly connected to a specific location without the hassle of browsing for it. The main VPN web page has bookmarks already set up for you. You can also set up your own specific bookmarks. The following instructions will help you access various websites and folders by adding, editing or removing your own bookmarks.

Adding Bookmarks

  1. Navigate to a folder location and click on the folder you wish to bookmark.
  2. To bookmark the entire share or application, click on Bookmark Current Folder in the upper right. To bookmark individual folders, click on the checkbox next to the folder, then click on Bookmark Selected.
  3. Click on the Add Bookmark button. Your bookmark will be added and saved.

Editing Bookmarks

  1. Click on the Item Properties button to the right of the bookmark.
  2. Make edits to the bookmark.
  3. Click on the Save Changes button.

Removing Bookmarks

  1. In the Files Section, click the Panel Preferences button on the main VPN web page.
  2. Click on the name of the bookmark.
  3. Click on Delete.
  4. Click on Save Changes.

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Changing Browser Options

If you are using Internet Explorer to access the VPN, you may experience problems connecting to links if the "Internet Options" are not set properly. Making the following change will prevent linked sites from being launched in the VPN Session Manager Box, which will terminate the VPN connection.

  1. Open Internet Explorer and click on the Tools menu.
  2. Click on Internet Options...
  3. An Internet Options window will open. Click on the Advanced tab.
  4. Scroll down the Settings menu until you find "Reuse windows for launching shortcuts." Uncheck the box by clicking on it.
  5. Click OK.

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