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These instructions are only valid starting on JANUARY 12TH, 2017. If you are viewing them before that date, scroll down to see the older instructions.

Starting in Winter of 2017, the UMBC VPN service uses a new software client. Java is no longer required, but you will need to install the new software the first time you connect to the updated service.

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Installing the Pulse Secure Client

*Note: This installation may require a restart. Be sure to save your work before proceeding.

Requirements

Edge, Internet Explorer, and Chrome

  1. Open Microsoft Edge or Internet Explorer internet browser.
  2. Type http://vpn.umbc.edu into the address bar.
  3. Enter your myUMBC Username and Password in the appropriate fields.
  4. Click Sign In once you are finished
  5. Once you are logged in, you will see the "Welcome to the UMBC VPN" page. Under the Client Applications heading, click Start on the line reading Junos Pulse to launch or begin installing the client.
  6. Microsoft will ask if you want to switch Apps, click Yes.


    on Chrome browser, the dialogue box will look like this, select Launch Application.

 

 

If this is your first time logging into the web-based VPN, then it will automatically install the client. Below are a few steps to follow.

  1. You will be redirected to a page to download the Pulse Secure Launcher. Click the Download button. A small .msi will download. Click the Download button.



  2. Once the .msi is downloaded click the Run on the bottom of the next page to install the Pulse Secure Launcher.


  3. Once the package is installed, the below page will appear. Click the HERE link on that page.
  4. Windows will prompt you to change applications, click Yes.


    on Chrome browser, the dialogue box will look like this, select Launch Application.


  5. On the security warning screen, check the Save settings box and click Yes to proceed.


  6. Click Always on the next dialogue box.



  7. Click Yes on any following User Access Control boxes.
  8. Click Connect to connect to the Pulse Secure client.

To check that the Pulse Secure client is connected, check your system tray for the Pulse Secure icon  in the system tray. 

Click the icon and select Open Pulse Secure to check connection status.

 

 



LEGACY INSTRUCTIONS FOR JUNOS PULSE:


Installing the Junos Pulse Client

Requirements
  1. Open Internet Explorer Internet browser
  2. Type http://vpn.umbc.edu into the address bar.
  3. Enter your myUMBC Username and Password in the appropriate fields
  4. Click Log In once you are finished
  5. Once you are logged in, you will see the "Welcome to the UMBC VPN" page. Under the Client Applications heading, click Start on the line reading Junos Pulse to launch or begin installing the client.
    If this is your first time logging into the web-based VPN, then it will automatically install the client. Below are a few steps to follow.

      1. If prompted to allow your browser to run Java, click Allow.
      2. When prompted to run the Juniper Setup Applet, check the box next to "Do not show this again..." and click Run to proceed with the VPN client installation.
      3. If you are prompted with a Security Warning, check the box next to "Do not show this again..." and click Allow to proceed with the VPN client installation. 
      4. If prompted by User Account control to allow Juniper Setup to run, click Yes to proceed with the VPN client installation. You may receive this prompt repeatedly, answer Yes each time it appears. 
      5. When prompted with a Setup Control warning, click Always to proceed with the VPN client installation.
      6. After a few moments, it will start installing the VPN client and will automatically connect you to the UMBC VPN network
      7. Once you are connected, you will see a box titled Pulse:Connected as shown below. The system tray Icon should be a blue hexagon with a flashing yellow exclamation mark.
  6. To sign out of the VPN, click on the Pulse icon in the system tray and select Disconnect from the SA(vpn.umbc.edu) menu.
  7. You can launch the VPN client again, by repeating steps 1-5, or by running the client on your PC through the Start menu or system tray icon and selecting Connect.

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