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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 3DES 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 --> Settings --> Control Panel --> System --> Remote Settings Tab --> Make sure the box is checked to allow users to connect remotely.
  2. On your work computer get your computer name. From the Start menu, select All Programs or Programs, then Accessories, and then Command Prompt. 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 https://vpn.mga.edu. Login using the entire username@mga.edu 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. In the portal text box type vpn.mga.edu, then enter your MGA.EDU username and password and click connect.

    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 computer, access your work computer using Remote Desktop Connection.
    Start ? Programs ? Accessories ? Communications ? Remote Desktop Connection
    Under Computer, type your work PC's computer name; "b101-fs-1" for example.

VPN Questions? Contact: Network Services.