UNLV VPN Guide for Windows Users by dandanhuanghuang

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									UNLV VPN Guide for Windows Users

What is VPN?
        VPN is an acronym for Virtual Private Network.

        Using a VPN client on a computer off-campus allows you to access on-campus network
        resources and/or provides a secure connection to your campus computer


Who needs to use VPN?
        Anyone who needs access to UNLV network resources while off campus, or some users who
        need to Remote into their workstations while off-campus.


Current locations requiring VPN
        While Remote Desktop can be used to connect to some workstations on campus, VPN is
        necessary to connect to workstations in newer buildings on campus as these networks have
        added security features that older buildings may not have.

        Users in the following buildings have workstations that are behind added security features, and
        VPN must be used to access them.
                SU - Student Union
                SSC – Student Services Complex
                GUA – Greenspun
                SEB - Science and Engineering
                ASC - Academic Success Center
                HPS - Police Services
                RWC – Recreation and Wellness
                RAJ First Floor


Process for getting VPN access
Contact the Help Desk and they will ensure/process the following steps for you:
   1. A static IP will be assigned to your computer if you do not already have one. You will need a
       static IP address in order to access your computer remotely
   2. Verification that you have an active wireless account
   3. Access granted to a VPN connection
   4. OIT staff will then provide installation instructions. This information is included below as well.
   5. Download the software and install on any off campus computer that you need to use it on.
   6. Follow the after-installation steps for Vista computers
Downloading and Installing the VPN client for Windows
    NOTE: You must have a wireless account and you must have already been granted access to VPN
    before downloading and installing the VPN client software.

    1. Go to the download site URL: https://vpn.noc.unlv.edu/
    Logins require UNLV wireless credentials. Contact the Help desk if you need wireless account
    assistance.

    2.   Click the download link to get the software for Windows.

    3. Save the file to your computer and then Run from the file you download. Unlv_vpn.exe

    4.   Follow the prompts in the installation wizard. Click OK in any message boxes to continue.

    5. Review the post-installation instructions for Vista if you are installing VPN on a Vista machine.


Using the VPN client for secure remote access



              UNLV uses OpenVPN for its secure connections. You will see OpenVPN GUI as an
application listed in your start menu, and/or as an icon on your desktop. Double click the icon or select
OpenVPN GUI in your Start Menu to run the program.


    OpenVPN runs as a system-tray applet, so an icon will appear in the lower-right corner of the
screen, by your clock. Double click on the system tray icon to start an OpenVPN session. Red
computer screens in this applet icon mean you are currently disconnected.

You will be prompted to log in. Enter
your wireless username and password
and click OK.

 If your connection is successful, the
OpenVPN Connection (unlv) box will be
minimized back to your System Tray in
the bottom right corner. The computer
screens in that icon will now be green
showing you are connected. You may
now access campus network resources or
use Remote Desktop to connect to your campus computer.



If your connection fails, you will see that message in the OpenVPN Connection (unlv) dialog box and an
error message might
pop up. If this occurs,
please note this
information, contact
the help desk, and
someone will assist
you.



         Sample error




IMPORTANT Notes:

Make sure you disconnect the VPN client after each use. The client will not allow you to have multiple
connections, will not time out, and will not allow a new session to end a previous session. For security
and for proper functioning, you must disconnect each session. To disconnect, right click the OpenVPN
icon in your system tray (bottom right) and select Disconnect from the menu. The Green computer
screens in the icon (connected) will turn Red (disconnected).

The operational speed of using Remote Desktop can be slow and is often unavoidable.

If you need more information on using Remote Desktop Connection, please consult a help desk
technician.

Mac users can also contact the Help Desk for information on Tunnelblick
VPN ReadMe File Information
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR VISTA USERS
Note that on Windows Vista, you will need to run the OpenVPN GUI with administrator privileges, so that
it can add routes to the routing table that are pulled from the OpenVPN server.

To facilitate this please follow these steps:
1. Locate the OpenVPN GUI icon on your desktop, start menu, or programs.
2. Right-click the OpenVPN GUI icon and select Properties.
3. In the OpenVPN GUI Properties dialog box, click the Compatibility tab.
4. In the OpenVPN GUI Properties dialog box Compatibility Tab, make sure "Run this program as
administrator" is checked and click OK.

Now when you run OpenVPN GUI it will ask you to confirm that it should run with administrative access,
you must allow it to do so or OpenVPN will not work properly.

GENERAL QUICKSTART FOR WINDOWS
To start OpenVPN, first run the OpenVPN GUI by double clicking on the desktop icon or start menu icon.

The OpenVPN GUI is a system-tray applet, so an icon for the GUI will appear in the lower-right corner of
the screen. Double click on the system tray icon to start an OpenVPN session.

								
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