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Using a VPN to connect a Windows device to the USCSD network
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These instructions will guide you on connecting a Windows device to the Upper St. Clair School District network using a VPN connection.  A VPN connection secures your link to the USCSD network when your device is not directly connected to the USCSD network.

 

 

 

If you are not an Upper St. Clair School District employee, please follow the steps below.

 

 

Open a web browser and go to https://www.sonicwall.com/products/remote-access/vpn-clients/.

 

Click on the Global VPN Client (GVC) button.

 

 

 

Click the Version dropdown box, then Select your Windows version.  Almost all Windows versions running on computers today are 64-bit, so it is highly likely you must select the GVC (64-bit) option.

 

 

 

Click the DOWNLOAD button, then open the installer file that was downloaded to your computer.

 

 

 

Click Next to begin the installation process.

 

 

 

Click Agree at the end user agreement prompt.

 

 

 

Click Everyone if you wish all users on this computer to have access to the Global VPN Client, or Just me if you are to be the only user of this software on this computer.

 

 

 

Click Next to continue software installation.

 

 

 

A progress meter shows the progress of the installation process.

 

 

 

Click Close when prompted by the installation process.

 

 

 

After installation, the Welcome to the New Connection Wizard prompt appears.  Click Cancel to close this wizard.

 

 

 

Click File, then click Import.

 

 

 

The USCSD Technology Department will have sent you a configuration file and accompanying import password.  Please safe guard this configuration file and password because it contains sensitive information that is for your use only.

 

Click the 'three dot' button next to the Specify the name of the configuration file to import: field.  Locate the configuration file you downloaded, which was previously sent to you by the USCSD Technology Department, then click Open.

 

 

 

Enter the password the USCSD Technology Department previously sent to you in the field labeled If the file is encrypted, specify the password:, followed by clicking OK.

 

 

 

After the configuration file has been imported, you will see a new entry that populates the Name, Peer and Status fields.  You can now start a VPN connection to the USCSD network by clicking Enable.

 

 

 

The USCSD Technology Department will have sent you a username and password, which can be entered in the fields shown at the Enter Username / Password prompt.  After entry of these credentials, click OK.

 

 

 

When a VPN connection to the USCSD network has been made, the Status will read Connected.  You may also see a prompt labeled SonicWall Global VPN Client.  Also, the 'S' icon for your SonicWall Global VPN Client software now appears in the task tray.

 

 

 

When you are done using your VPN connection to the USCSD network, click the Disable button.

 

 

 

 

 

If you are an Upper St. Clair School District employee, please follow the steps below.

 

 

Note that you can only make a VPN connection to the USCSD network when you are not directly connected to the USCSD network.  For example, if you are in a school and connected to the school district WiFi network, you will not be able to make a VPN connection.  In this case, you are already connected to the USCSD network, so there is no need to make a VPN connection to the USCSD network.

 

 

Open the SonicWall Global VPN Client software from your programs menu and click Enable

 

 

 

Enter your SSO account credentials in the Username and Password fields, respectively.

 

 

 

 

When a VPN connection to the USCSD network has been made, the Status will read Connected.  You may also see a prompt labeled SonicWall Global VPN Client.  Also, the 'S' icon for your SonicWall Global VPN Client software now appears in the task tray.

 

 

 

When you are done using your VPN connection to the USCSD network, click the Disable button.

 

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