Using the VPN

Using the VPN

In this video we will discuss benefits of
the CAEDM VPN and how to use it. First, we will briefly cover the organization
of the college network. Then the VPN’s role in accessing the college’s
private resources. Afterwhich, we will briefly discuss a few
situations where using the VPN may or my not be helpful.
Finally, we will cover, step-by-step, how to connect to the CAEDM VPN. The college has many public-facing resources
such as Public RGS Blade workstations, Citrix applications, the CAEDM webserver, VPN services
and much more. These resources can be accessed using any
internet connection anywhere in the world. The college has a few private resources that
are only available from an on-campus internet connection. The college VPN services provide a way to
gain access to these private resources. When you connect to the VPN, your computer
establishes an encrypted link over the internet to CAEDM and provides access to the private
portion of the CAEDM network. Once this connection is established, it’s
as if your computer were on campus. When on campus, by either physically plugging
in your computer to the BYU wired network or by using the BYU Secure wireless network,
you will have access to both the public-facing and private college resources.
There is no need to use the VPN when using either an on-campus wired or BYU Secure wireless
connection. All the public and private resources are already
available. Currently, using BYU Guest wireless, you will
not be able to access any of the public or private college resources. BYU Guest wireless
supports basic internet browsing only. BYU Guest wireless does not currently support
college VPN services. Using BYU Guest wireless you will not be able
to access any of the private college resources with or without the VPN. Examples of when the VPN might be helpful
are when you are off campus and you would like to access a research computer on campus
in a lab where you work or if you would like to map your J:Drive to your computer. In order to use the CAEDM VPN, you must first
configure your computer to connect to it. The following instructions on how this is
done are based off Windows 7. First, click the “Internet Access” button
in the system tray. Then, on the bottom of the box that pops up,
click “Open Network and Sharing Center” Then, click “Set up a new connection or
network” from the list of options. Next, click “Connect to a workplace” and
then the “Next” button. Choose the “Use My Internet Connection”
option and click the “Next” button. Enter the following information in the appropriate
fields: Internet address should be “”
Destination name should be “CAEDM” Mark the box “Don’t connect now; just set
it up so I can connect later” Then, click the “Next” button. Then, enter your CAEDM username and password
into the appropriate fields but leave the domain field blank.
Select “Create”. Your VPN connection has now been created,
but further configuration is necessary. Again, click the “Internet Access” button
in the system tray. Right click CAEDM and then click “Properties” Click on the “Security” tab. Then for “Type
of VPN” choose “Point to Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP)” Click on the “Networking” tab.
Highlight “Internet Protocol Version 4” and click “Properties” Then, click the “Advanced” button. Click on the “DNS” tab, and click the “Add”
button. In the “DNS server” field, type
and click “Add” Next, click on the “WINS” tab and click
“Add” In the “WINS server” field, type Repeat this step and type to
add a second WINS entry. Finally, click the “OK” and “Close”
buttons until all the windows are closed. The configuration process is now complete. Before you connect to the VPN, make sure you
are currently connected to the internet. To connect to the configured CAEDM VPN you
can click the “Internet Access” button, click CAEDM, and click the “Connect” button.
Unless you save your credentials, you will be asked to re-enter your CAEDM username and
password each time you choose to connect. At this point you should be connected to both
the CAEDM VPN and the internet at the same time. For more detailed information and other videos
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Daniel Ostrander

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