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A Virtual Private Network, or VPN (wikipedia), can be created by using the Pulse Secure client program to connect to engineering resources from outside the engineering network. Pulse Secure replaces the Network Connect client.  Once the VPN is established, users can access resources such as software licenses or network drives (M:, O: or R: drives).

Instructions for using Pulse Secure are below.

Requirements

  1. Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Window 10 or OSX 10.7 and above
     
  2. Java 1.7 or above is required for auto-installation, you can check your version of Java here
     
  3. Internet connection
     
  4. Active EGR NetID

 

First Time Setup on Windows

This section is only applicable if you have never installed the Pulse Secure program on your Windows computer.

  1. Navigate to https://vpn.egr.msu.edu 
  2. Enter your engineering username and password
  3. Click the Start button to launch the auto-installer
    Pulse Secure
     
  4. Wait a moment for the Java prompt and click Run when asked

     
  5. Press Allow or Don't Block for any more prompts

     
  6. Pulse Secure will now install

     
  7. Once completed, your computer will be connected to the VPN, and will have access to designated engineering resources. 

Typically in the lower right hand corner of the screen, you will see the Pulse Secure icon in the system tray (you may need to click to expand the system tray to reveal the icon).  If you see this icon in bright color, you are connected to the DECS VPN. It can also be used to reconnect to the VPN later instead of going through the VPN webpage.

Pulse secure

 

First Time Setup on Macintosh OSX

This section is only applicable if you have never installed the Pulse Secure program on your Mac.

  1. Navigate to https://vpn.egr.msu.edu 
  2. Enter your engineering username and password
  3. Click Apple OS X Pulse Secure Installer under Web Bookmarks
    Pulse Secure
  4. Open the .dmg file and install the application by launching JunosPulse.pkg
  5. Once installed, the application should automatically launch. If not, you should be able to open the Application by searching Junos in the Finder (magnifying glass in the upper right hand corner)
  6. The first time the application is launched you will need to setup a connection.  In the Connections Window click the + sign in the lower left
  7. Leave the connection Type set to "UAC or SSL-VPN", for Name enter EGR VPN, and for Server URL enter: vpn.egr.msu.edu
  8. Once that information is entered you should be able to click Connect on the saved connection and launch the VPN client.  You will have to enter your EGR NetID and password and click Connect, at this point the client should indicate you are connected to VPN.

 

Re-Connecting to the VPN After You Have Successfully Installed the Pulse Secure Client

Once you have completed the above steps for either Windows or Mac, you will not have to visit the VPN website any longer with that particular computer to initiate a VPN connection. You simply need to launch Pulse Secure, connect using the EGR profile, and provide your EGR NetID and password.

In Mac, click the Finder in the upper right corner and search Pulse Secure to reveal the Pulse Secure client, which can then simply be launched.

In Windows, either click the Start button, type Pulse Secure , and launch Pulse Secure from the results, or click Start and browse through All Programs or Program Files (depending on your version of Windows), find the Juniper Networks Folder, then the Pulse Secure folder and launch the Pulse Secure client.

 

Accessing Your Network Drives and Files without Launching the VPN Client

Once you have signed into http://vpn.egr.msu.edu, you can access your files stored on your M: drive or other network drives by clicking Windows Files as pictured below.

The following screen will load providing you the option of viewing your M: drive, or of browsing to another network file location:

Research and Office drives are accessible via the link "Web Access to All CIFS DFS File Shares" pictured above.