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==About this Article==
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'''VPN''' stands for Virtual Private Network. Cisco AnyConnect can be used to connect to the WSU network when you are off-campus. This software is available to both '''Students''' and '''Employees.'''
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Our '''VPN''' or virtual private network gives {{WSU}} Information Technology Services a secure way to provide students and employees access to specific systems and services that are normally only available from on campus. restricted connection is a secure way to allow their . Cisco AnyConnect VPN is pre-installed on your WSU laptop and can be used to connect to the WSU network when you are off-campus. This software is available to both students and employees.  
  
==Cisco AnyConnect VPN client==
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WSU's VPN differs from commercial VPN solutions such as '''NordVPN,''' '''ExpressVPN,''' and '''Private Internet Access VPN''' in that it does not offer advanced privacy for everyday browsing. Instead, WSU's VPN solution simply ensures a dedicated, secured, encrypted connection to the WSU network for access to work-based or class-based resources (such as network storage drives).  
Using the Cisco AnyConnect VPN client software, you can connect a WSU laptop to the WSU [[network]] from off-campus. This connection enables the same network access you have while on-campus. The data is encrypted to preserve security. This includes:
 
  
*Network storage drives (e.g., personal, class, departmental storage) Note: See instructions below to connect to these types of storage via the 'Map Network Drives' shortcut.
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'''It is unnecessary to leave WSU VPN connected at all times unless you're actively performing work or class tasks while off campus.'''
  
==Accessing the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Software==
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==What is Cisco AnyConnect VPN?==
NOTE: You may see this error a couple times while trying to connect. Click on "Connect anyway".
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Using the Cisco AnyConnect VPN client software, you can connect a WSU laptop to the WSU network from off-campus. The data sent over our VPN is encrypted to preserve security. This connection enables the same network access you have while on-campus. This includes:
  
[[File:VPN_error.jpg|400 px]]
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*Certain WSU-specific web applications that may not work from off-campus.
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*Network storage drives (e.g., personal storage, class storage, departmental storage, "R drive," or "S drive" etc.)
  
===Windows 10===
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==How do I use Cisco AnyConnect VPN?==
* From the Windows Start Screen
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The Cisco AnyConnect VPN software is pre-installed on your WSU laptop. Look for the Cisco folder in your Windows Start Menu or macOS Applications folder to get started. The Cisco AnyConnect VPN app can be found there.
* Use the Search icon
 
* Search for Cisco
 
* Select 'Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client'
 
* You will be prompted to Connect and login to WSU with your StarID and password.
 
  
===Windows 8.1===
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VPN is not usually necessary on desktop computers that live on campus in offices. If your WSU '''desktop computer''' is unable to access specific network resources, please contact WSU Tech Support.
* From the Windows Start Screen
 
* Search "Cisco"
 
*Select "Cisco VPN Client"
 
[[File:Password_5.png|300px]]
 
* Choose Connect in the menu below:
 
[[File:CiscoAnyConnect.png|300px]]
 
* Use your StarID and password to login
 
  
===macOS===
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==Which VPN connection do I use?==
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The Cisco AnyConnect Mobility Client has a different VPN connection for students and one for employees.  Type in '''tunnel.winona.edu''' if you are a student and '''ot.winona.edu''' if you are an employee. Employees will need to have Microsoft Authenticator also installed. 
  
* Click on Spotlight in the upper right corner
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* [[Virtual private network for employees|Instructions for the employee VPN connection]]   
* Type in "Cisco"
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* [https://learn.winona.edu/VPN_for_Students Instructions for student VPN connection]
* Select "Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client"
 
[[File:VPN_Mac_Cisco_Search.png|400px]]
 
 
 
* Connect to Tunnel.winona.edu
 
[[File:VPN_Mac_Cisco_Connect.png|400px]]
 
* Use your StarID and password when prompted to login
 
 
 
[[File:ThisPCIcon.png|frame|Fig 1. In the start menu, click  this icon to go to your Network Drives.]]
 
 
 
=Map Network Drives=
 
 
 
==Mapping network storage for Employees==
 
 
 
'''Windows 10'''
 
 
 
You will need to manually map your Personal Network Storage also referred to as R: drive.  
 
* Open File Explorer from the Taskbar
 
* Use the drop down arrow in the top menu for 'Map network drive' and select Map network drive
 
* Type the following in Folder:  \\store\users\(your StarID)
 
* Select 'Reconnect at sign-in'
 
* Finish
 
 
 
'''macOS'''
 
* Use the Finder
 
* Go
 
* Connect to Server
 
* Server address for Employees to get to personal storage:  smb://store.winona.edu/users/yourStarIDhere
 
* Server address for Employees to get to department drive:  smb://store.winona.edu/department
 
 
 
==Map Network Drives (Continued)==
 
 
 
If you want to connect to Personal Network or Department Network drives from off-campus, you will need to connect to VPN before you can use the network drives.
 
 
 
'''Windows 10'''
 
* Open the Start Menu then select the '''Map Network Drives''' shortcut.
 
* A black window will appear and map your drives. Do not close this window.
 
* Double-click 'This PC' on your desktop to access your network drives (See Fig 1.)
 
* Do not disconnect VPN or WiFi during use. Network access is required to maintain the VPN connection.
 
 
 
[[File:ConnectToServer.png|frame|Fig 2. Typical list of network connections on a MacBook]]
 
 
 
'''macOS'''
 
* In Finder, hold down '''<CommandKey>''' then hit the '''<K>''' key to bring up "Connect to Server"
 
* Mac users connect to one of the network locations listed in Fig 2.
 
  
 
==Related information==
 
==Related information==
  
*[[Receiving your laptop]]
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*[[Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client]]
*[[Continue to set up your new HP Elitebook laptop]]
 
 
*[[Local network storage]]
 
*[[Local network storage]]
*[[PC laptop backup|Backing up your PC laptop]]
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*[[Virtual private network for employees|VPN for Employees]]
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*[[VPN for Students]]
  
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Revision as of 14:59, 18 March 2020

Caution.JPG REVISION IN PROGRESS: This article contains useful information, but is being revised to reflect recent updates. Direct questions to TLT (tlt@winona.edu).

Our VPN or virtual private network gives Winona State University Information Technology Services a secure way to provide students and employees access to specific systems and services that are normally only available from on campus. restricted connection is a secure way to allow their . Cisco AnyConnect VPN is pre-installed on your WSU laptop and can be used to connect to the WSU network when you are off-campus. This software is available to both students and employees.

WSU's VPN differs from commercial VPN solutions such as NordVPN, ExpressVPN, and Private Internet Access VPN in that it does not offer advanced privacy for everyday browsing. Instead, WSU's VPN solution simply ensures a dedicated, secured, encrypted connection to the WSU network for access to work-based or class-based resources (such as network storage drives).

It is unnecessary to leave WSU VPN connected at all times unless you're actively performing work or class tasks while off campus.

What is Cisco AnyConnect VPN?

Using the Cisco AnyConnect VPN client software, you can connect a WSU laptop to the WSU network from off-campus. The data sent over our VPN is encrypted to preserve security. This connection enables the same network access you have while on-campus. This includes:

  • Certain WSU-specific web applications that may not work from off-campus.
  • Network storage drives (e.g., personal storage, class storage, departmental storage, "R drive," or "S drive" etc.)

How do I use Cisco AnyConnect VPN?

The Cisco AnyConnect VPN software is pre-installed on your WSU laptop. Look for the Cisco folder in your Windows Start Menu or macOS Applications folder to get started. The Cisco AnyConnect VPN app can be found there.

VPN is not usually necessary on desktop computers that live on campus in offices. If your WSU desktop computer is unable to access specific network resources, please contact WSU Tech Support.

Which VPN connection do I use?

The Cisco AnyConnect Mobility Client has a different VPN connection for students and one for employees. Type in tunnel.winona.edu if you are a student and ot.winona.edu if you are an employee. Employees will need to have Microsoft Authenticator also installed.

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