WiscVPN - Troubleshooting the PaloAlto GlobalProtect Client (Windows)

This doc outlines the typical troubleshooting steps to follow when WiscVPN (GlobalProtect) is not working.

Uninstall and Reinstall Globalprotect

A Common Error Message

When attempting to start the client, if you receive an error message stating “The program can’t start because mfc120u.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem,” you can resolve the error by installing the Visual C++ runtime files which are downloadable in the following link:


How to resolve an incorrect portal address

  1. First, you can click on the hamburger menu and choose settings.
  2. Then, in the General tab of Settings, you can select the currently listed portal address under Portals and click delete.
  3. After deleting, click Add and type uwmadison.vpn.wisc.edu to add the new portal address. Then, you can attempt to connect again.

Fetching the GlobalProtect Logs

Providing the logs will help DoIT Technicians better assist in the troubleshooting process.

  1. Find the GlobalProtect icon in the system tray and click the icon.

    GlobalProtect icon

  2. Click the hamburger menu, then click 'Settings'.

    Hamburger Menu


  3. Click the 'Troubleshooting' tab, then click 'Collect Logs".

    Collect Logs

  4. Once the logs have been collected, click 'Open Folder'.

    Open Folder

  5. You will see a file named 'GlobalProtectLogs.zip'. Attach that file to the open ticket or email to send the logs to the Help Desk agent. Alternatively, upload the file to a cloud provider (Google Drive/OneDrive/Box), and email the link to the file to the Help Desk agent.

Troubleshooting Static IP Accounts

When experiencing issues with a static IP account, try refreshing the connection. To do this, open Global Protect and connect normally. Once connected click on the settings cog in the top right, then click Refresh Connection. Note: This will prompt them to login again.

Instructions for installing the C++ Redistributable Packages

  1. Click the link above. It will take you to the Microsoft website.
  2. Select the language you prefer from the dropdown menu and click the red "Download" button.
  3. Select the appropriate version.
  4. Follow download and installation prompts.