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VPN Instructions - Windows

Last Updated: Aug 29, 2018 02:59PM MDT

VPN access is offered only to Naropa Faculty and Staff. Student access to the VPN is not needed, nor granted.

Setup VPN

On the computer or device that needs the VPN client, open a browser and navigate to http://www.forticlient.com/#download

Select the version compatible with your computer, and click on the Download button:



Once downloaded, install Forticlient. 
Check the "Yes, I have read and accept the (License Agreement)" checkbox and click the Next button:

We advise selecting "VPN Only" in the next window:
FortiClient-VPN Only

Install the FortiClient in the default location and continue with the installation as normal.

A brand new configuration should come up when FortiCleint is first launched:
FortiClient Config

Click on the "Configure VPN" link.

Create a new VPN connection with the following settings:
Connection Name: Naropa
Description: (can leave this blank, or enter any descriptive text.  "Naropa VPN" would be fine, if desired)
Remote Gateway: vpn.naropa.edu
Customize Port: (checkbox selected), 10443
Authentication: Prompt on login (if "Save login" is selected, you may enter your Naropa Username in the field that comes up)
Client Certificate: (unchecked)
Do not Warn Invalid Server Certificate: (checked)

Click the "Apply" button, then click the "Close" button.  This saves the configuration.  

Using Forticlient to connect to Naropa's VPN:
To login to the VPN, be sure the "Naropa" connection is selected, and enter your Naropa Username and Password.  This is the same username and password you would use to login to a Naropa PC, or to login to your Naropa webmail.
(Note: username is just your Naorpa login, not your full email address. E.g., if your email address were "jdoe@naropa.edu", then the Username is only "jdoe".

‚ÄčClick on the Connect button to initiate the VPN link.


Once connected, leave the FortiClient SSLVPN client connected to stay connected to Naropa VPN (you can minimize the window at any time without impacting the connection). Clicking on the Disconnect or Exit buttons will end the VPN session, as will closing the FortiClient SSLVPN application.


If needed, you may now use RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) to remotely connect to your Naropa Windows PC. Typically RDP is only necessary if you're connecting using a personal device and need to access files stored on directly your Naropa PC.  If you're using a Naropa issued laptop, the need to use RDP should be rarely (if ever) necessary. 

If you are planning on remoting into the computer at your desk please send an email with your Computer name to helpdesk@naropa.edu with the subject line "VPN Computer Request - Need IP Reserved".

IT disclaimer:
Please keep in mind that once you’re on the VPN, your system (whatever computer or device you’re using to connect to the Naropa network) is logically attached to our network.  If that system isn’t secure (with the most recent OS updates installed, etc.), and actively running some kind of AntiVirus software (this includes Macintosh systems), then you’re placing our entire network at risk.  

If your system is ever found to be compromised in any way, or otherwise deemed a security risk, your VPN privileges will be revoked and your system will be blocked from connecting to the Naropa network.   Please understand the security risk this poses and act responsibly.  You will be held personally responsible for any violation of Naropa's network and/or system security, as well as for any damages that may result.

Please don’t use the VPN for anything more than you need – only connect to the VPN when necessary.   

Naropa's IT department provides only basic support for the VPN, and cannot provide ­any support for network / connectivity issues outside of the Naropa network.   The process can be a bit technical the first few times, so please try to test the VPN and RDP ahead of time, before you actually need to use the service. It's helpful to familiarize yourself with it before hand.  

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