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MSU Denver Virtual Private Network (VPN)

MSU Denver Virtual Private Network (VPN) services are provided to give faculty and staff access to campus resources from remote locations. VPN services may be requested for any full time employee (staff, faculty or administrator) by providing a business justification for VPN access. Before submitting your request please review the VPN Policy below. No part time employees will be given VPN access.

Please note: VPN services are available to students in specific courses that require VPN access. In this case, access for students will be requested by their professor.


Internal Policy: VPN Access to Metro State Administrative Computing Resources

I. Purpose

To create policies and guidelines for the Division of Information Technology  regarding VPN access to Metro State administrative computing services not otherwise accessible to home users.

II. Scope

This policy applies to all remote access to Metro State Administrative computing resources maintained by the Division of Information Technology.

III. Policy Statements

The Metro State administrative computing resources contain a great deal of  private and confidential information regarding members of our College community.  The institution must take appropriate measures to safeguard this information.  Therefore, the Metro State administrative computing resources are not accessible off campus.  The Metro State administrative computing resources will be made available through an encrypted Virtual Private Network (VPN) service to authorized college employees who have a genuine business need to access these resources remotely.

  1. Access to Metro State administrative computing VPN services may be requested for any full time employee (staff, faculty or administrator) that can provide a business justification for VPN access.  VPN services will not be made available to student or part time employees.
  2. Support for VPN services will be provided on IT-approved college owned laptop computers with functioning whole drive encryption.
  3. VPN access will not be provided for any non-IT approved system without the written approval from both the Vice President of the requesting department and the Vice President for Information Technology.
  4. Employees who wish to use VPN services to access Metro State administrative computing services remotely may apply on-line for VPN access.  As a part of the application for VPN access, the applicant will be required to:
  5. Provide a business justification for their need to access Metro State administrative computing services remotely.
    1. Affirm that they will use the services in accordance with the College’s computing, security and privacy policies.
    2. Affirm that they have an IT-approved college owned laptop with functioning whole drive encryption.
    3. Affirm that they keep their computer up to date with all patches and other security updates for their computer’s operating system.
    4. Affirm that they run a name brand anti-virus scanner on their computer.
    5. Affirm that they have a firewall installed on their home network or that they have a personal firewall installed on their computer.
    6. Affirm that they will disconnect from the Metro State VPN service when using their computer for personal use (such as surfing the WEB or listening to NET radio, etc…).  VPN users should only perform MSCD related activities while connected to the Metro State VPN service.
    7. Affirm that they will disconnect from the Metro State VPN service when not using their computer or not accessing Metro State administrative resources.
    8. Affirm that they will not redistribute the VPN client software or share the VPN access key.

IV. Reporting Violations

Any suspected violations of these policies, or unauthorized access to computing resources, or any other condition which could compromise the security of Metro State computing resources must be reported to the Director of Information Security at 303-352-7548.

V. Remedies for Non-Compliance

Failure to comply with these policies may result in one or more of the following actions: a) suspension of access to the network for the individual, educational or administrative unit violating the policy, b) when appropriate, disciplinary action ranging from warning to termination and (for students) expulsion from the College, depending on circumstances, in accordance with applicable policies and procedures, c) when appropriate, initiation of civil or criminal proceedings.

VI. Authority

The College President grants authority to the Vice President of Information Technology to oversee compliance with this policy. Questions regarding this policy, or requests for variances from the policy, should be directed to the Interim Vice President of Information Technology at (303) 556-5321.

Approved: August 2004
Revised: June 2008

VPN Request Form

To be given VPN access, you must first complete the VPN Request form. Please note that the request form is specifically for faculty and staff members. Access for students will be provided by their professor if VPN access in required for their course.

Connect to MSU Denver VPN

Please click on the following selection that applies to you in order to expand the instructions on connecting to the MSU Denver VPN.


Setting up MSU Denver’s connection to VPN on your Mac is a very easy process. There are some key settings you will be asked for which are provided in the table below. VPN or Virtual Private Networking allows you to access the college resources from your home computer or laptop anywhere in the world. 

VPN server: vpn.msudenver.edu
PreShared Key: M$UD3nver
Domain: winad


 

  1. Open System Preferences by going to the Apple menu and choosing System Preferences. You can also choose System Preferences from the Dock.

  2. Next, click on the Network under Internet & Wireless in the System PreferencesMake a new connection.



  3. There is a list of network connections on the left side. Click the + icon to make a new connection for VPN. When you click the + icon, a new service sheet appears. Enter the following VPN information:

    Interface: VPN 
    VPN Type: L2TP over IPSec
    Service Name: MSUDenver VPN


  4. Now that you have a VPN connection, you'll need to make a Configuration for it. Enter the following network information:

    Server Address: vpn.msudenver.edu
    Account Name: winad\username

  1. Also, check the checkbox at the bottom of the window labeled Show VPN Status in menu bar. This will allow you to connect to VPN much easier when needed from an icon located in the menu bar.

    Click the Authentication Settings button. Enter 'M$UD3nver' for the Shared Secret. Do not input the password field, as we would like your Mac to ask you for that every time you need to log in.

    Click OK. Click the Apply button on the Network window. 



  2. Congratulations, you have setup your connection to MSUDenver VPN. To use the connection, simply click the icon from your menu bar and select Connect MSUDenver VPN. Be sure you have an active internet connection before connecting to MSUDenver VPN.


  3. A window will pop-up asking for your password, input it and connect.

Revised: February 2015

Setting up MSU Denver’s connection to the student VPN on your Mac is a very easy process. There are some key settings you will be asked for which are provided in the table below. VPN or Virtual Private Networking allows you to access the college resources from your home computer or laptop anywhere in the world.

1. Open System Preferences by going to the Apple menu and choosing System Preferences. You can also choose System Preferences from the Dock.

Image of system preferences.

Image of Settings icon

2‌ Next, click on the Network under Internet & Wireless in the System Preferences. Make a new connection. ‌‌

Image of Network Icon

3.  There is a list of network connections on the left side. Click the + icon to make a new connection for VPN. When you click the + icon, a new service sheet appears. Enter the following VPN information:

Interface: VPN

VPN Type: L2TP over IPSec

Service Name: MSUDenver StudentVPN

Image of + icon.

Image of VPN selection.

Interface: VPN

VPN Type: L2TP over IPSec

Service Name: MSUDenver StudentVPN

Image of text boxes for interface, vpn type, and service name.

4. Now that you have a VPN connection, you'll need to make a Configuration for it. Enter the following network information:

Server Address: studentvpn.msudenver.edu

Account Name: winad\username

Image of Authentication settings button and Show VPN status in menu bar check mark.

Also, check the checkbox at the bottom of the window labeled Show VPN Status in menu bar. This will allow you to connect to VPN much easier when needed from an icon located in the menu bar.

Click the Authentication Settings button. Enter “Stud3ntVPN0!” for the Shared Secret. Do not input the password field, as we would like your Mac to ask you for that every time you need to log in. 

Image of Shared Secret box. Click OK. Click the Apply button on the Network window.

 


Congratulations, you have setup your connection to MSU Denver Student VPN. To use the connection, simply click the icon from your menu bar and select Connect MSU Denver Student VPN. Be sure you have an active internet connection before connecting to MSU Denver Student VPN.

Image of icon on menu bar.

A window will pop-up asking for your password, input it and connect.

Image of VPN connection username and password.

Please select your OS version

Windows 10 Home/Pro Edition

  1. Left click the Network Icon by the start menu clock
  2. Then click Network settings at the bottom of the menu
  3. When the Settings menu appears, click the VPN tab on the left side of the menu
  4. In the VPN menu, click Add a VPN connection
  5. When the Edit VPN connection menu appears, provide the following settings
    • VPN Provider: Windows (built-in)
    • Connection Name: MSUDenver VPN
    • Server Name or address: vpn.msudenver.edu
    • VPN type: Automatic
    • Type of sign-in info: User name and password
    • Username: Provide your NetID (beginning of your email without "@msudenver.edu")
    • Password: Provide your login password
    • Uncheck Remember my sign-in info
    • Click Save

  6. Arriving back at the VPN settings menu, click Connect
    • The connection will prompt you for your username and password.
  7. A successful setup will connect you to the VPN and display Connected
    • To disconnect from the VPN, click the Disconnect button

Windows 10 Enterprise

  1.  Left click the Network Icon by the start menu clock.
  2. In the next window, choose Add a VPN Connection.

  3. In the next window, choose Microsoft as the VPN provider and enter your NetID login details. Type the name of the MSU Denver VPN server: vpn.msudenver.edu in the server name box. The connection name is just an identifier, so use whatever name you prefer. Click Save.

  4.  ‌Click Connect to use the VPN access. You are now connected to our VPN service.

For Student VPN to work on Windows 10 you must have the latest update installed.

Image of latest update, windows version 10.0.10586

Click here for more information about installing Windows updates

Setting up MSU Denver’s connection to VPN on your Windows 10 machine is a very easy process. There are some key settings you will be asked for which are provided below. VPN or Virtual Private Networking allows you to access the University’s resources from your home computer or laptop anywhere in the world.

VPN server: studentvpn.msudenver.edu

Domain: WINAD (optional)


1. You can set up a VPN connection by clicking on the windows logo at the bottom right and going into Settings.

Image of settings location.

2. Select the block that has Network & Internet.

Image of Network and Internet location. 3. ‌Once you are in Network & Internet setting, on the left hand side you will see a list with a VPN option. Select this to begin setting up the connection.

Image of VPN location4. Click on the option that reads “Add a VPN connection.”

Image of Add a VPN connection location. 5. A dialog box will appear and you will have to fill in the blanks with the information provided below; (for VPN provider, there is only one option: Windows (built-in))

Image of Windows (built-in)

Image of various text boxes. *remember to have the check box filled in for remember my sign-in info.

Image of Password text box. Image of multiple text boxes. *Once you have saved all the information, you will have to enter in a "pre-shared key" for authentication.

 

‌‌6. The next step is to click on “change adapter options.” It will take you to a Network connections page. Right click on the MSU Denver VPN and select properties.

Image of change adapter options location.

Image of Properties location. 7. This will take you to the VPN properties. Then select the network tab and select on the Internet Protocol Version 4. Then select the properties button. ‌

Image of Properties location. Select the advanced button at the bottom. This will then take you into the advance settings of TCP/IP. Uncheck the box that has use default gateway.. and click OK.

Image of advanced panel. Image of Use default gateway on remote network location. 8. Once you are finished, click on and return to the menu that displays the MSU Denver VPN connection. Click on connect. (Please keep in mind it will take a short while since it is being configured for the first time.)

Image of Connect location. Image of Connection loading screen. 
9. Enter in your username and password if you have not entered this in the beginning of the setup process.

Image of Sign in screen. Image of VPN connection.

10. You are now connected to the Student VPN. ‌‌

  1.  Open Network and Sharing Center from Control Panel, then choose Set up a new connection or Network.screenshot of Network and Sharing center location
  2. In the next window, choose Connect to a workplace. ‌Image of Connect to a workplace
  3. In the next window, choose Use my Internet Connection (VPN). Image of use my internet connection vpn
  4. Type the name of the MSU Denver VPN server: vpn.msudenver.edu. The Destination name is just an identifier, so use whatever name you prefer.  Click Create. Image of internet address and destination name.
  5. Browse to your current network list. You should see the VPN connection that was just created. Right click and select “Connect”. Image of Networks connect to VPN
  6. You will be prompted for your NetID (username) and password.Image of Username and Password prompt.
  7. You are now connected to the MSU Denver VPN. Image of network connection confirmation.

 

 

 

 

Setting up MSU Denver’s connection to VPN on your Windows 8.1 machine is a very easy process. There are some key settings you will be asked for which are provided below. VPN or Virtual Private Networking allows you to access the University’s resources from your home computer or laptop anywhere in the world.

VPN server: studentvpn.msudenver.edu

Domain: WINAD (optional)

 *on a touch screen laptop, swipe at the right end of the screen to bring that menu up. Select on settings.

Image of settings location on touch screen

It will then bring you to this menu and you can select the control panel from here. This will allow you to add the Student VPN connection.

Image of control panel location in windows 8

1. Open Network and Sharing Center from Control Panel, then choose Set up a new connection or Network.  

Image of location of network and sharing center.

2. In the next window, choose Connect to a Workplace.

Image of Connect to a workplace.

3. In the next window, choose Use my Internet Connection (VPN).

Image of use my internet connection vpn.

4. Type the name of the MSU Denver VPN server: studentvpn.msudenver.edu. The Destination name is just and identifier, so whatever name you prefer. Click Create.

Image of name and destination input fields.

5. Once you have created the connection, go back to the Network setting in control panel and select Change Adapter Settings.

Image of Change adapter settings

6. In the next window, you will see the connection types. Select the student VPN connection and right click on it. Then go to properties.

Image of the Properties location.

7.  In the VPN properties, you will see several tabs at the top, select the one that says Networking. You will see several connections in the box below. Select IPv4 and then select properties at the bottom.

Image of location of networking and ipv4

8. In the IPv4 properties, you will see another advance button. Select it. It will then take you to another screen.

Image of Advanced location

In settings menu, uncheck the box that states: Use default gateway on remote network. Then click on OK. You can click ok on all the windows and close them out.

Image of Use default gateway on remote network location.

9. ‌Browse to your current network list. You should see the VPN connection that was just created. Right click and select “Connect

Image of Connect location.

Image of VPN Connection Location.

10. You will be prompted for your NetID (username) and password. ( it is the same user name and password you use to log into your email, computer labs, and web portal.)‌‌

Image of username and password input locations.

*once you have entered the correct username and password you will see a screen that will say "connected".

 

11. You are now connected to the MSU Denver Student VPN

Image of Connection confirmation.

 

Setting up MSU Denver’s connection to VPN on your Windows 7 machine is a very easy process. There are some key settings you will be asked for which are provided below. VPN or Virtual Private Networking allows you to access the college resources from your home computer or laptop anywhere in the world.

VPN server: vpn.msudenver.edu
Domain: WINAD


 

  1. Open Network and Sharing Center from Control Panel, then choose Set up a new connection or Network.

    1

  2. In the next window, choose Connect to a workplace.

    2

  3. In the next window, choose Use my Internet Connection (VPN).

    3

  4. Type in the name of the MSU Denver VPN server: vpn.msudenver.edu. The Destination name is just an identifier for your use; name it whatever you prefer. ‌‌Please check the box “Don’t connect now; just set it up so I can connect later.” 

    4
  5. In the next window, enter your user name, password and WINAD for the domain and click Create. Only check the ‘Remember this password box’ if you are the only user of this computer.  

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  6. Connect to MSUDenver VPN. The connection is now ready to use. In order to connect/disconnect to MSUDenver VPN, click on the icon in the bottom right corner of the window to join a network. 6

*‌*Please note, the first time you connect to MSU Denver's VPN may take some time as your computer is downloading all the necessary security information from MSU Denver servers. The process should return to normal speed on subsequent connections.

 

Revised: January 2015

VPN Server: studentvpn.msudenver.edu

Domain: WINAD (optional)

 

1. Open Network and Sharing Center from Control Panel, then choose Set up a New Connection or Network

 

Image of location of set up a new connection or network.

2. In the next window, choose Connect to a workplace.

Image of Location of Connect to a workplace

3. In the next window, choose Use my Internet Connection (VPN).

Image of Use my Internet connection (VPN) 4. Type in the name of the MSU Denver VPN server: studentvpn.msudenver.edu. The Destination name is just an identifier for your use; name it whatever you prefer. Please check the box “Don’t connect now; just set it up so I can connect later.”

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5.‌ In the next window, enter your user name, password and WINAD for the domain and click Create. Only check the ‘Remember this password box’ if you are the only user of this computer.

Image of username, password, and WINAD text box locations.

6. In order for the Student VPN to work, you must also disable the default gateway. You can disable it by going into your network settings and select change adapter settings.

Image of Change adapter settings location. 7. You will see the list of connection types. Select Student VPN and right click on it. Going into properties will give you more options to disable the default gateway. ‌

Image of location of all connection types.

8. In the properties, you will see several tabs. Select the networking tab to view the connections. Then, Select the Internet Protocol Version 4 and select properties.

Image of Properties Location

9. You will then see the properties for IPv4. There is an advanced option in here, select it.

Image of the Advanced option. 10. You will come to an advanced setting for TCP/IP. Under IP settings, you will see a box that states: use default gateway on remote network. Unselect that and click ok. You can now connect to VPN.

Image of Use my default gateway on remote network location.

11.  You can close out all windows by clicking OK. Connect to the MSUDenver VPN. The connection is now ready to use. In order to connect/disconnect to the MSU Denver VPN, click on the icon in the bottom right corner of the window to join a network.‌

Connect to MSU Denver Network Drives

Please click on the following selection that applies to you in order to expand the instructions on connecting to network drives.


Follow these directions to map network drives using an OS X computer.

Before you Begin

When you connect to a shared folder on a remote computer, it is known as mapping drive or mounting a volume. To map network drives, you must first know:

  • The name of the network drive (e.g. //adsharedrive )
  • The name of the specific folder on that drive (e.g. /appsdata )
  • The user name and password to connect to that drive (e.g. your MSU Denver NetID & password)

NOTE: If you are not on the local campus network, you will also need to connect to the MSU Denver VPN. If VPN is not connecting, try the following troubleshooting tips:

  1. Make sure you are connected to the Internet when off campus. Open a website to make sure you have Internet connectivity.
  2. Disconnect VPN. Restart the computer and try connecting to VPN.
  3. Make sure your username and password are correct. If you have changed your password recently, make sure you are using the new password for VPN.
  4. If you are still having issues call the Help Desk at 303-352-7548.

Mapping Network Drives

To map network drives in OS X, do the following:

  1. If you are off campus and want to connect to a computer or server on campus, you must first connect through VPN.
  2. On the finder menu bar, click GO > Connect To Server



  3. Enter a network path in the Server Address field (example: smb://servername.domain/sharedname). Common paths include:
    • Departmental Y: drive: smb://vmwfs18.winad.msudenver.edu/(folder name)
    • APPSDATA or U: drive: smb://vmwfs17.winad.msudenver.edu/appsdata
    • Public P: drive: smb://vmwfs08.winad.msudenver.edu/public
    • Public K: drive: smb://vmwfs04.winad.msudenver.edu/public
  4. Click Connect.



  5. You can add the path to the list by clicking the button button (this will save you from writing the path to the network drive next time you connect to network drives through VPN).



    • Note: If you are prompted to enter a password, select Registered User.
    • Enter your user name and password.
    • When mapping network drives to computers hosted on campus, the user name might be winad\username. Then enter the password.
    • Click Connect.


  6. Once you click Connect in any of the above cases, you will see another windows that has a list of folders to select from. (You should know what folder you need to connect to network drive. Your department specifies this.




  7. Select the folder you like to connect to and click OK.



    Once connected, the folder will open and an icon will appear on the Desktop, which is the network drive that you are connected to. Congratulations! You are now connected to your network drive and folder.

    NOTE: When you disconnect from VPN the network drive will disappear and you will have to follow the above steps to connect back to the desired network drive and folder.

 

Revised: January 2016

Follow these instructions to map network drives using a Windows 7 computer.

Before you Begin

When you connect to a shared folder on a remote computer, it is known as mapping drive or mounting a volume. To map network drives, you must first know:

  • The name of the network drive (e.g. //adsharedrive )
  • The name of the specific folder on that drive (e.g. /appsdata )
  • The user name and password to connect to that drive (e.g. your MSU Denver NetID & password)

NOTE: If you are not on the local campus network, you will also need to connect to the MSU Denver VPN. If VPN is not connecting, try the following troubleshooting tips:

  1. Make sure you are connected to the Internet when off campus. Open a website to make sure you have Internet connectivity.
  2. Disconnect VPN. Restart the computer and try connecting to VPN.
  3. Make sure your username and password are correct. If you have changed your password recently, make sure you are using the new password for VPN.
  4. If you are still having issues call the Help Desk at 303-352-7548.

Mapping Network Drives

The computer should automatically connect to the network drives when the user logs into the computer. If the computer for some reason does not automatically map these drives, follow these steps to manually map a network drive:

  1. Open the Computer window from the Start Menu, then click the Map network drive button.

    New Map Network Drive 1

  2. In the new windows, specify the drive letter you would like to give this drive, then enter the full path of the drive you would like to connect to (some examples of common drives are given below). Be sure to check the "Reconnect at logon" box.
Public or (K:) drive 
APPSDATA or (U:)drive      
Public or (P:) drive                
Dept (Y:) drive
\\vmwfs04\public 
\\vmwfs17\appsdata 
\\vmwfs08\public
\\vmwfs18\(department_folder) 

 

New Map Network Drive 2

Click Finish to add the network drive to your computer. The newly-added drive will open in a new window and will also be accessible under the Network Locations section of the Computer window.

Congratulations! You now have access to the files located on a network drive through VPN.

NOTE: When you disconnect from VPN you will no longer have access to the network drives unless you reconnect or physically connect to the network.

 

Revised: January 2016

Further Assistance

If you have additional questions, concerns, or need immediate assistance - Please contact the MSU Denver Help Desk


Revised: January 2016


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