Using VPN Pre-Login Authentication for Remote PCs
How to use the VPN Pre-login authentication to log in to remote PCs that are not connected to the WCER network.
Logging into a Windows PC with your WCER username and password requires the PC to connect to the SOE-AD domain to verify your username and password. To connect to the domain the computer must be either plugged into the WCER network or connected via the SoE VPN.
Remote PCs cache a copy of the WCER username and password after a successful login allowing you to log in without being connected, but if your password is reset or you are using a new computer, you will need to connect to the SoE VPN before logging in. This is possible with the latest version of the Palo Alto GlobalProtect VPN client. This document lists the steps to connect to the VPN prior to login in order to gain access to the PC in these situations.
Connecting to the Internet
The PC must be connected to the Internet for the VPN login to work - you can either connect the PC using an Ethernet cable or click on the wireless icon to connect to an available wireless network. If the wireless network requires a security code to connect you will be able to enter it here.
Connecting to the VPN
Once you are connected to the Internet, click on the icon indicated here to launch the VPN login interface.
Enter your WCER username and current password (if it has been reset) and click the right arrow button to connect to the VPN.
The Window should read "Connecting" and then show a "Connected" message as the VPN connects. Once the VPN is connected you can click the "Back" button. (Note that the icon for the VPN has changed)
You can now enter your WCER username and password and the PC will validate them with the SOE-AD domain and log you in. The VPN will remain connected after you have logged in.