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Virtual Private Networking at MHC


The Juniper Virtual Private Networking (VPN) server at Mount Holyoke College is provided for faculty and staff. VPN allows access to campus restricted services such as mapping a network drive or remote desktop access.

You'll be able to access all of the same services that are available to registered on-campus computers via your home broadband connection. (Dial-up modem connections also work, although you may not be pleased with the performance of certain bandwidth intensive services.)

You can use this system with Windows, Macintosh, and Linux.

VPN prerequisite, Java

To use this software, your computer needs to have Java installed.

Does my computer have Java?
To check to see if your computer is running Java, go to the following page: (opens in a new window or tab).

If you need Java, you can download it at (opens in a new window or tab).

When installing Java, be careful to read all screens carefully and to uncheck any boxes that want you to install other programs like toolbars.

VPN setup, your first use

To begin, enter this URL:

The first time you connect to the VPN server, you will be asked a number of questions about installing software and, sometimes, the validity of certificates. Some browsers complain bitterly about the certificate validity. For your VPN setup to work, you'll need to agree to all of these questions and accept any certificate, "understanding the risks".

After logging in using your primary MHC username and password, chose the "staff" role and click Network Connect Start button. You will be asked to download and run several pieces of software.

On the installing software, if you are asked a question with
Always     Yes     No
Make sure you answer Always. This will avoid repeating these steps in the future.

If all goes well, you will be running Network Connect. The Network Connect program connects your computer to the campus network so that you can use services that otherwise would only be available on campus.

VPN, your next use

Once you have Network Connect on your computer, you can use that to start VPN without going through all the initial steps above.

Using VPN

Once you're running Network Connect, you're ready to go! You have the same access privileges to Mount Holyoke College's intranet services as you would have on campus, for example:

VPN, turning it off

When you are finished with VPN, you can go to the Network Connect icon and sign off or exit.


Unlike other computer services we offer, the success of this service depends on factors outside of our control, such as the quality of service afforded by your ISP, and the quality of your home computer setup.

If you encounter problems, please let us know. It is otherwise quite difficult for use to evaluate and improve this service. Email questions to Community Technical Support


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