Virtual Private Network

Instructions for Off Campus Access to Network

The Virtual Private Network or VPN is like a secure tunnel that faculty and staff may use to have access to the NSU network when working off campus.

VPN provides access to your network drives so you may access and share documents as needed on your L:, M:, and I:Drives.

VPN also allows access to the Argos attendance reporting system.

You must have VPN installed to Map Drives or access Argos from off campus.

Mac Instructions

Text instructions for installing VPN on Mac computers

Mapping to Drives on Mac's

Video Resource: Installing NSU's VPN on Macintosh

PC Instructions

Text instructions for installing VPN on PC computers

Mapping to Drives on PC's

Video Resource: Virtual Private Network: Installation and Drive Mapping

Argos for Attendance Reporting

Accessing Argos thru VPN

Install VPN on a Mac

Please Note: You will need to have Administrative rights to install this application. If you have an NSU MacBook Pro you should already have Administrative rights.

To begin, log in to NSU Guest on campus or another network off campus. You must be on NSU Guest on campus because you may not be connected to the secure NSU network for this process.

Once you are online go to vpn.nsuok.edu. This will take you to the VPN sign-in page.

  1. The Group should be set to NSUVPN.
  2. Enter your User Name and Password then click on Login. The VPN page will open.

Select the AnyConnect option from the menu on the left side of the screen.

  1. Click on the Start Any Connect link that appears in the screen to the right of the menu.
  2. This will open the AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client window.
  3. Make sure the Platform Detection and Java Detection boxes in the left pane of the window are checked and then click the AnyConnect VPN link in the right pane.
  4. Please Note: The Platform Detection function should detect what system you are on and provide the proper link for your system. If you are on a Mac or running Linux and this fails the first time, please try again.

  5. The application will download.

When the download is complete click on the download button on the Dock and select the AnyConnect option to open.

A window will open showing the Cisco AnyConnect app. Click the app icon to proceed.

The Install AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client window will open.

  1. Click the Continue button.
  2. The next screen will contain the End User License Agreement. Click the Continue button. Read the contract and if you agree select the button that says Agree. Then select Install at the bottom of the window.
  3. A window informing you that the Installer is trying to install new software will open. On a University Mac you will need to enter your Password or on a personal device follow directions based on how you have configured your device. Then click on the button that says Install Software.
  4. A window will open telling you the installation was successful. Click the Close button to continue.
  5. The Mac may ask you if you wish to move the Installer to the trash, you may decide and select appropriately.

Close all windows and Safari.

Open the Finder and you will see the Cisco AnyConnect file.

  1. Select Applications in the menu to the left to see the Cisco file. Notice that to the right of the Cisco file icon there is an arrow. When you click on the file the pane to the left will show the Cisco AnyConnect Mobility Client you just installed.
  2. Click on the Cisco AnyConnect Mobility Client and you will see two things. First, the pane to the left will show the Icon that represents the application and second a VPN: Ready to connect window will open.

Make sure the text area contains the text vpn.nsuok.edu then click the Connect button.

A window titled Cisco AnyConnect will open. Make sure the Group field is set to NSUVPN and enter your NSU UserID and Password. Select OK.

Congratulations you have successfully downloaded, installed, and connected to NSU using the VPN tunnel.

 

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Mapping to Drives on Mac's

Press the Command button and K to open the Connect to Server window. Follow the instruction below for the Drive you wish to install.

L:Drive

  1. In the Server Address area type smb://nsu-storage/home/Your NSU userID and click the Connect button.
  2. The Mac will map to the location and open a window that shows your connection. Find your userID in the list and select it. You will see the content of your L:drive in the pane to the left.
  3. Close the window and press the Command button and K to open the Connect to Server window.
  4. To the left of the Server Address field you will see a Plus button (+). Click the button to add the server address to your favorite servers list.

M:drive

  1. Place your cursor in the Server Address text field and enter or change the address to smb://nsu-storage/groups/. Click on the Connect button.
  2. Again the menu window will open and you will see Groups has been added. This is your M:drive.
  3. Close the window and press the Command button and K to open the Connect to Server window.
  4. Click the Plus button to add the server address to your favorite servers list.

I:drive

  1. Place your cursor in the Server Address text field and enter or change the address to smb://nsu-storage/public/. Click on the Connect button.
  2. When the menu list opens to show the I:drive, click to view the I:drive folders in the left pane. These folders are alphabetical and you may scroll to your folder to select.
  3. Close the window and press the Command button and K to open the Connect to Server window.
  4. Click the Plus button to add the server address to your favorite servers list. Your drives are now mapped to your device.

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Install VPN on a PC

To begin, log in to NSU Guest on campus or another network off campus.

Once you are online go to vpn.nsuok.edu.

This will take you to the VPN sign-in page. The Group should be set to NSUVPN. Enter your User Name and Password then click on Login.

The VPN page will open. Select the AnyConnect option from the menu on the left side of the screen.

  1. Click on the Start Any Connect link that appears in the screen to the right of the menu.
  2. This will open the AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client window. Make sure the Platform Detection and Java Detection boxes in the left pane are checked and then click the AnyConnect VPN link in the right pane.
  3. Please Note: The Platform Detection function should detect what system you are on and provide the proper link for your system. If you are on a Mac or running Linux and this fails the first time, please try again.

  4. The application will download.

Open the download as appropriate to the browser you are in, in Google Chrome click on the dropdown arrow on the download notification, and select open.

The Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client Setup Wizard will open. Click next to proceed.

  1. The next screen will contain the End User License Agreement. Read the contract and if you agree select the radio button that says I accept the terms in the License Agreement. Then select Next at the bottom of the window.
  2. On the next window, select the Install button. A pop-up window will appear that ask: Do you want to allow this app from an unknown publisher to make changes to your PC? Select Yes.
  3. Please Note: You will need to have Administrative rights to install this application. If you have an NSU laptop you should already have Admin rights.

  4. This will start the installation process. Wait for the Wizard to complete the installation and select the Finish button.

Cisco AnyConnect is now installed on your computer. The first time you click the Start button Cisco AnyConnect will show as recently added. After the first time, it will be available in the All Apps feature under the C section you will see Cisco and a drop down arrow. Click the arrow and you will be able to select the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client.

  1. When you open AnyConnect a round blue and white icon will appear on your task bar near the Show Hidden Icons option. A pop-up window will also appear for you to connect.
  2. The first time you connect you will need to type vpn.nsuok.edu. Then click Connect.
  3. A sign in window will open and you will need to enter your NSU UserID and Password.

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Mapping to Drives on a PC

Open This PC either by going to the Start menu and selecting File Explorer or by clicking on the File Explorer icon on your Task Bar.

Select the Computer tab in this window and drop down arrow under the Map Network Drive tool. Select Map network drive from your drop down menu.

The Map Network Drive window will open.

Click to open the drop down menu by the Drive: option. Select the Drive you wish to add.

In the Folder text area type the file path below for the selected Drive:

L:Drive - \\nsu-storage\home\UserID     Please Note: When it says UserID in the file path you will type your UserID.

M:Drive - \\nsu-storage\groups

I:Drive - \\nsu-storage\public

K:Drive - \\nsu-storage\public\student_apps

J:Drive - \\nsu-storage\publis\employee_apps

Click to check the box beside ;Connect using different credentials.;

Then click Finish.

A Windows Security box will open asking for you to Enter Network Credentials. In the first text box, enter nt-nsu\UserID. Here again you will enter your UserID in the text box.

In the second text box, enter your password.

Click OK at the bottom of the window. The mapped drive will now be available in the File Explored This PC window. You may repeat this process for each of your drives.

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Accessing Argos thru VPN

Mapping to evisions NSU Argos is as easy as navigating to any website.

To reach the evisions sign in page, connect the VPN, open a browser tab and go to maps.nsuok.edu.

This is the evisions sign in page. Enter your NSU UserID and Password to go to the NSU Argos page.

You are now ready to work when you are off campus.

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