VPN for Students

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How do I connect to the student VPN?

Windows 10

  • Open the start menu and type Cisco
  • Select 'Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client' when it appears
  • If it does not appear, open your internet browser and go to https://tunnel.winona.edu



  • Click on Spotlight in the upper right corner
  • Type in "Cisco"
  • Select "Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client"

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  • Connect to tunnel.winona.edu

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  • Click Connect then enter your StarID and password to login

Personal Computers

Students with personal computers can access VPN but will need to install the VPN Cisco Client.

How do I access my network storage?

If you want to connect to personal network or department network drives from off-campus, you will first need to connect to VPN.

Windows 10

  • Open your Start Menu and click the "Click to Map Network Drives" tile located at the top middle of the screen
  • Re-open your Start Menu and click the "File Explorer" tile in the middle of the screen
  • Your network storage drives will be located under the "Network locations" heading. You may have to scroll down to find it.


  • In Finder, press and hold the <Command> key then tap the <K> key to bring up the "Connect to Server" prompt
  • Connect to one of the network locations listed in Fig 2.
  • Just copy/paste one of the addresses below if your list is not pre-populated
  • Class storage: smb://files.winona.edu/classes
  • To see a list of available network storage: smb://files.winona.edu
Fig 2. Here is a sample of the server addresses you may need to connect to.

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