Accessing MSOE's VPN

Most campus servers are "behind the firewall" and so must be accessed in one of three ways:

You generally only need to use Global Protect while outside the campus network (that is, off-campus).

This page describes connecting via the VPN for school laptops, other Windows computers, Macs, and Linux systems.

School Laptop

Laptops with the MSOE image. If you've installed Windows yourself, go to the next section.
  1. Use the start menu to run GlobalProtect. It may also be in your system tray. If not, use Software Center to install it.
  2. When GlobalProtect starts up, click on the Settings tab and enter your campus user name (without, campus password, and as the portal.
  3. Click Apply.
  4. Right click on the notification icon (a world with a red `x' on it) and select Connect.


Point your browser at, enter your username and password, and download the appropriate agent. Windows users would generally download the 64-bit client, but you can see How-To Geek to make sure. Install the software and go to the school laptop section. If Global Protect does not prompt for a username and password after installation, try rebooting the computer. It should then prompt for the information when you restart Global Protect.

iOS devices

As of 2018 (at least), connection using iPhones and other iOS devices is not supported. There is a GlobalProtect iOS client, but it is not covered by MSOE's license.

Macs/OS X

The GlobalProtect client for OS X systems (Macs, etc.) is working as of summer, 2017 using the same settings as for Windows (above). It is also possible to create a VPN connection, but this was not working as of fall, 2017. The directions for creating a VPN connection should GlobalProtect stop working:
  1. Open system preferences and click on Network
  2. Click on the + in the bottom left of the connections list window.
  3. Set interface to VPN, VPN type to Cisco IPSec, and enter "MSOE SSL VPN" for the service name. Click Create.
  4. Enter for the server address, and enter your campus username and password.
  5. Click on Authentication Settings...
  6. Enter "raiders" for the shared secret and set the group name to "MSOE". Click OK.
  7. Check "Show VPN status in menu bar" - enabling this makes it simple to connect and disconnect.
  8. Click Connect.

Ubuntu 14.04

  1. Open a terminal window and enter
            sudo apt-get install -y network-manager-vpnc  
            sudo reboot
  2. Once the laptop reboots, open System Settings and select Network.
  3. Click on the + in the lower left
  4. Set the interface to VPN and click Create...
  5. Set VPN Connection Type to "Ciso Compatible VPN" and click Create...
  6. Enter "MSOE SSL VPN" for the connection name
  7. On the VPN tab, set the Gateway to
  8. Enter your username
  9. Set password status to Saved and enter your password
  10. Set the Group name to "MSOE"
  11. Set the Group password status to Saved and enter "raiders"
  12. Click Save...
  13. Leave the domain blank
  14. Close the network connections window
  15. Select VPN Connections from the connections dropdown on the top right and connect