VPN Client Installation-Windows XP and 7 – Quick Reference
CSU is using OpenVPN to create a Virtual Private Network (VPN). VPN is a network that uses the Internet to provide
individual users with secure access to an organization’s network (in this case, CSU’s network). These instructions are for
Windows XP and Windows 7. The steps may vary slightly between the different web browsers (Internet Explorer (IE),
Firefox (FF), Google Chrome (GC)).
On your home computer, open a web browser and go to
Sign in with your 7 digit CSU ID number and your CampusPass.
Download the OpenVPN client (‘openvpn-client.msi’) under ‘Windows
Installer’ and save it to your C drive (for Windows use, only the ‘openvpn-
client.msi’ file needs to be downloaded).
Run the ‘openvpn-client.msi’ client installer that you just saved.
Follow the prompts on the Open VPN Client Setup Wizard.
The ‘OpenVPN Client’ access page will automatically open.
Click on your profile (unique to your User ID) under ‘Connection
Login with your 7 digit CSU ID and CampusPass.
Log Out of the OpenVPN application by clicking on the ‘Log Out’ link in
the top right corner.
You can ‘Minimize’ or ‘Close’ the OpenVPN Client but until you
‘Disconnect’, you will still be connected.
An icon will appear in the lower right toolbar to access OpenVPN
When disconnected the icon is white, when connected it is green.
If you have any problems during the installation or use of the VPN client, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
include a thorough description of the problem (attaching screen prints would be helpful).
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