WiscVPN (uwmadison.vpn.wisc.edu) - Getting Started

A way for remote users to connect to University of Wisconsin-Madison resources through an encrypted tunnel.

Where can I get the VPN Client?

WiscVPN is based on the Palo Alto client named GlobalProtect. The GlobalProtect client can be downloaded either by

Installing and Connecting


NOTE: You MUST use a GlobalProtect client when using the static WiscVPN service. You will not get a static IP address if you configure the native IPSEC for OSX, or Linux. You will get a dynamic IP address even if you log in with your username_1.

Q: I can't log into WiscVPN. 

A: Please reach out to the DoIT Helpdesk.

Q: "tmp-###" based NetIDs are not able to log into WiscVPN?

A: As of 2/21/2021, when we switched to the new authentication method for WiscVPN, NetIDs starting with "tmp-" lost the ability to log into WiscVPN. Per IAM, the site that does supply tmp- NetIDs will be going away spring 2021.  CyberSecurity is looking into whether this is something that will be supported in the future. Last Updated: 3/2/2021 IAM does have a another option using Manifest.  More information can be found here: https://kb.wisc.edu/28825

Dynamic IP Addressing

When workstations are connected to the WiscVPN (uwmadison.vpn.wisc.edu) service, the client computers will not be NAT translated while on campus and use the IP address ranges of: ( (

All workstations, servers, firewalls, networking equipment on campus will see the or as a source IP address.

When workstations are connected to the GlobalProtect vpn service and accessing non-campus Internet sites, the client computers IP source address will be translated to

Static IP assignments

When you log into "uwmadison.vpn.wisc.edu" using the GlobalProtect VPN client, using your "username_#", like "bbadger_1", you'll be assigned your static IP after a successful authentication. Static IPs are assigned from: ( -

Note: You MUST use a GlobalProtect client when using the static WiscVPN service. You will not get a static IP address if you configure the native IPSEC for OSX, or Linux. You will get a dynamic IP address even if you log in with your "username_1".

Q: Where can a I reserve, view or delete a static IP address for https://uwmadison.vpn.wisc.edu?

A: https://access.services.wisc.edu/IPaddress

Q: How many static IPs can I reserve?

A: "4" per user NetID

Q: I don't see uwmadison.vpn.wisc.edu when I go to https://access.services.wisc.edu/IPaddress, why?

A: You most likely don't have access. All current employees of UW Madison should have access. If you feel this is in error, please create a ticket with the Helpdesk.  They'll add you to a temporary group until IAM and Network Services looks at the users and figures out what population may have been missed during the authentication migration on 2/21/2021.

Q: Where can I find the list of static IPs for a group of users?

A: There is no way for a single user today to be able to view the static IPs of other WiscVPN users.  CyberSecurity is looking into feasibility of providing such information. Last Updated: 3/2/2021  For now, a user will have to login into https://access.services.wisc.edu/IPaddress, to see their static IP and send it to admins requesting it.

Q: I need to reserve a static IP for a new employee, how can I do this on their behalf?

A: Reserving a static IP for someone else is not possible after 2/21/2021. CyberSecurity is currently looking into whether to provide that ability in the near future.  Last Updated:3/4/2021  Today, all new employees can go to https://access.services.wisc.edu/IPaddress, to request their static IP address.  

Departmental GlobalProtect based VPN Service

There are also departmental VPNs on campus under a different "DEPT-NAME".vpn.wisc.edu. These behave, in many ways, much like uwmadison.vpn.wisc.edu.

More details can be found here:

Traffic Filtering

The new service allows for protection of client devices though the use of URL filtering of malware and phishing sites. The policy of what is filtered is determined and implemented though the Office of Cyber security. NO SSL decryption is enabled so no banking and passwords are decoded.


The old WiscVPN service allowed the user to pick either off or on campus profiles as a method to pick either fully tunneling all VPN traffic or only traffic to UW campus resources. The new GlobalProtect VPN service tunnels ALL internet bound traffic though campus.


Q: What happens if I connect multiple times with my static WiscVPN username?

A: If you do not log out of the static WiscVPN service, any additional logins to the service will result in your workstation being assigned a dynamic IP address from the non-static WiscVPN service.

Q: How do I know what IP address my workstations got assigned (i.e. maybe I forgot to log out on my work machine and I am connecting in from another computer):

A: You may view the currently assigned IP address by clicking on the Palo Alto GlobalProtect icon in your tray, selecting "Settings" from the drop-down menu, and then clicking on the "Connection" tab and viewing "Assigned Local IP:" Or you can use one of the "what is my IP address" web sites to view what external network sees your computer. Typing in "what is my ip address" in a google.com search will give you that information.

Keywords:VPN GlobalProtect wiscvpn paloalto palo alto static IP uwmadison.vpn.wisc.edu   Doc ID:108255
Owner:Scott B.Group:Network Services
Created:2021-01-11 12:11 CSTUpdated:2021-03-04 12:43 CST
Sites:DoIT Help Desk, Network Services, Office of Cybersecurity
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