Connecting to Mavdisk from home

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Connecting to Mavdisk from home

The instructions on this page should enable

a

Minnesota State University
-
Mankato student to
connect to
their
Mavdisk from an off campus laptop or computer. This is done

by using the VPN
(virtual private network) software. Descriptions of VPN types are included.

About Minnesota State Mankato VPN

VPN (virtual private network) is a direct and secure way to connect to Minnesota State
Mankato's campus network remotely. VPN al
lows your computer to access resources on campus
that are blocked from off
-
campus networks and the Internet by firewalls.

Two VPN different options are available

1.

Web
-
based SSL
-
VPN



This link will start the Mavdisk

connection process.

o

Library databases

o

MavDISK web
-
based file copying

o

Best for off
-
campus and occasional access to campus information or files (does
not require installation of software)

More information>>


2.

Full VPN client


o

Library databases

o

Map drives to MavDISK, www.mnsu.edu or other drives.

o

Cisco VoIP soft phone use

o

Best for wireless laptop encryption security on campus (requires installation of
software on your computer and c
onnection/disconnection)

More information>>


NOTE:
Outlook 2003 no longer requires the use of VPN to work off campus.

Instructions for
setting up Outlook 2003 are available on the
MavMAIL
-

RPC over HTTP

page. You can
upgrade to Office 2003 and Outlook 2003 at no charge by contacting the
ITS Helpdesk
.

Office 2003 an
d Outlook 2003 are
free

for faculty and staff for use at
home
.

Security using VPN

VPN encrypts all data sent between your computer and the VPN server on Minnesota State
Mankato's campus to prevent the ability to tap, capture or view your computer's network

communication.
VPN is particularly important for wireless laptop users.


More information>>

Web
-
based SSL
-
VPN Instructions

1.

Open your web browser to
http://vpn.mnsu.edu


2.

Click "yes" to the security alert about the security certificate.

3.

Enter your campus username and password.


4.

Click OK to "Connected via base group" message.

5.

The Minnesota State Mankato homepage will
open along with a toolbar in the upper right
corner of the browser.

Moves the toolbar to the other side of the browser

Go to a web address or (URL)

Open Server toolbox (see below)

Go to Minnesota State Mankato homepage

Logout of SSL
-
VPN

To access lib
rary databases, click on "Library Services" on the Minnesota State, Mankato
homepage menu bar.

To access your MavDISK folder, click on the Open Server toolbox
and enter
\
\
mavdisk
\
username$

where username is your campus username followed by a $ sign and cl
ick
"Go".


The following window will open and you can copy files to / from your "My_Private_Files"
folder or other folders. For more information on using MavDISK to save your files go to the
MavDISK

page.


Full VPN Client Download

Windows



[MSI]
Campus VPN Client (5.0.01.0600) for Windows XP and Vista

(8.20

MiB)



[MSI]
Campus VPN Client for Windows 2000

(9.45

MiB)



Installation and use instructions


Mac



[DMG]
Campus VPN Client for Mac OS 10.4 or higher

(14.45

MiB)



[DMG]
Campus VPN Client for Mac OS 10.1.5
-
10.3

(12.01

MiB)



Installation and use instructions


Linux



[GZ]
Campus VPN Client for Linux

(2.25

MiB)



Installation and use instructions


Campus firewall and access to resources

MNSU has a firewall (a system that prevents unauthorized access to a network) between the
campus local area network (LAN) and the Internet, as well as filters throughout the campus
LAN. Many computer resources are restricted from general Internet access to

protect them from
hackers, viruses and exploits. VPN allows you to connect your remote (off
-
campus) computer to
the campus LAN and access campus
-
restricted resources, such as library databases, file servers
(MavDISK and Krypton), and Microsoft Outlook.

Fo
r example, Memorial Library's electronic resources are not available through the Internet to
remote users. However, a connection to the campus LAN through VPN makes the LAN
"believe" your computer is on
-
campus (i.e., creates a virtual network), and allows
you to access
the library's electronic resources via the Internet.

Encryption and security

Network "conversations" are easily intercepted and viewed, particularly those transmitted over
wireless networks. Many programs communicate information across networ
ks in plain text, and
in some cases, pass usernames and passwords in readable form. Campus VPN uses public key
infrastructure (PKI) encryption (a method of changing the text into a meaningless format) to
protect data passed over the Internet, the local are
a network (LAN), and the wireless network.

When you transfer data between the University and your computer, VPN ensures the data will be
transferred securely, and will be readable only to the intended recipient. For example, in paying
your tuition online u
sing your credit card, you can connect directly to the campus network
through VPN, ensuring that your credit card number and personal information will be read only
by the intended entity.