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Connecting to the SSCC Network via VPN

VPN (Virtual Private Networking) allows a computer to connect to the SSCC network as if it were in the building regardless of its physical location. This gives you access to SSCC network drives and printers. It gives you a UW IP address, which allows you to use services like the many library databases which are restricted to UW IP addresses. It also encrypts all of your network traffic, protecting your privacy on public wireless networks. UW-Madison uses Palo Alto GlobalProtect for its VPN solution.

If you've used Cisco AnyConnect for VPN in the past, install GlobalProtect, make sure it works, and then uninstall AnyConnect.

Installing GlobalProtect

To connect to the campus VPN service, you'll need to download and install the GlobalProtect client for your computer. If you're using an SSCC-managed machine (i.e. one where you can only install new software using Software Center), contact the Help Desk and we'll install GlobalProtect for you.

Download the Desktop Client

Download the MacOS client

For Linux installations, see DoIT's KB Article: WiscVPN - Connecting the PaloAlto GlobalProtect Client (Linux) 

Make sure to use the correct portal when installing the software. See Using GlobalProtect for more information. 

Mobile Client Applications

Clients for iOS and Android can be found in the appropriate app store.

Install the Client

Once the installer has finished downloading (GlobalProtect64.msi on Windows or GlobalProtect.pkg on Mac) run the installer, keeping all the default settings. Once it is installed you are ready to connect to the VPN.

Installing the MacOS Client

macOS may try to block the GlobalProtect client from installing due to security requirements:
MacOS System Extension Blocked

If you see this message, click Open Security Preferences. Then click the Allow button in the bottom right, check the box next to Palo Alto Networks, click OK, then restart your computer to apply the changes.
MacOS Security & Privacy Menu

Using GlobalProtect

  • To open GlobalProtect in Windows, click on the up-arrow in the bottom right of your task bar, then click on its icon (GlobalProtect Icon)
  • To open GlobalProtect in macOS, click on its icon (GlobalProtect Icon) in the menu bar at the top right and choose Show Panel.
Enter sscc.vpn.wisc.edu in Portal (note that it must be sscc and not ssc), give your SSCC username and password, then click Connect.


GlobalProtect Portal Entry

If it succeeds, you'll see Status: Connected.
GlobalProtect Connected


Changing Your VPN Portal

It may be necessary for you to connect to a different VPN portal to access different resources. The SSCC has a unique VPN portal that is different from the default UW-Madison portal. Changing the portal is simply changing what VPN server you are connecting to. The instructions below will show you how to add an additional portal to your VPN and change between portals.

  • To open GlobalProtect in Windows, click on the up-arrow in the bottom right of your task bar, then click on its icon (GlobalProtect Icon) 
  • To open GlobalProtect in macOS, click on its icon (GlobalProtect Icon) in the menu bar at the top right and choose Show Panel.

On the panel, click the menu icon in the upper-right of the panel. Then click Settings.
settings.png

Next, click Add and then enter the new portal address in the field. Then click Save. You can now close the window.
portal.png

You've now added the new portal. To change which portal you are connecting to, open the panel again from the taskbar. It will look slightly different than before. You will be able to choose the new portal from the dropdown at the bottom of the panel.
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Keywords:sscc, network, connect, vpn, remote, access ssccvpn   Doc ID:93546
Owner:Paul B.Group:Social Science Computing Cooperative
Created:2019-08-05 08:24 CSTUpdated:2020-11-11 14:19 CST
Sites:Social Science Computing Cooperative
CleanURL:https://kb.wisc.edu/sscc/ssccvpn
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