This guide covers accessing the VPN for faculty and staff to access their P drives and other secure applications from off-campus.

What is VPN?

VPN stands for Virtual Private Networking, which allows faculty and staff members to access network resources securely from a remote location, like at home or away on conferences. It also allows secure access for some on-campus applications, like scheduling (EMS) or payroll applications.

Logging In

  1. To access the VPN from your off-campus computer, enter in your Internet Browser. From on-campus, use from Internet Explorer only. (You should only use this for secure applications, and not for network drive access, from on campus) You will see the login screen below:
    Juniper VPN Login Screen
  2. Log in with your SU username and password, and then click I Agree, Sign In.

You may get a Setup Warning message similar to the one below (depending upon your browser). If so, click Yes or Always to install. This may require a restart.

**Mac users:  you will have to use the Safari browser to connect to SU department drives.  Other browsers do not work.
Secure Application Manager Setup Control Warning popup


If you attempt to access the VPN from on-campus using the address, you will receive the following error message:

If this happens, use the link instead.

Accessing Your P Drive 

Once you have logged in, you'll see a screen like the one below, showing a link to your P drive.

VPN network drive window

If you click on P Drive, it will open your P drive in the window.

Viewing P drive on VPN

From here, you can delete files by checking the box next to them and clicking either Delete.

Downloading Files 

Downloaded files are saved as Zip files. When you check files or folders and click Download, you'll be taken to a Download Files screen that allows you to name and download the Zip File. When you click Download, depending on your browser, you'll be given an option to choose where to save the file.

Download files screen in VPN

Creating New Folders 

Clicking New Folder will bring up a screen that allows you to name and create a new folder on your P drive.

Create new folder window in VPN

The new folder will now appear in your P: drive.

Uploading Files 

Clicking Upload will allow you to upload up to 5 files at a time. Use the Browse buttons to select the files, and then click Upload. You can opt to upload a zipped file and have it uncompressed in the target directory. Note that you cannot upload files larger than 500 MB.

Upload window in VPN

Getting Back to the Start and Logging Out 

Clicking Home at any time will return you to the main page.

When you have finished using your P: drive, click Sign Out in the upper right-hand corner to log out. For added security, close your browser after logging out.

Other Devices

VPN access may work to some degree on other devices. Devices tested that will grant drive access through the device's built-in web browser include:

  • iPads
  • iPhones
  • Android tablets
  • Android phones

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