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Student VPN - GlobalProtect Installation for Windows

Use Student VPN for a secure connection to Ryerson's Student Labs and other course-specific systems via the Internet. To use Student VPN, you will need to install and use client software called GlobalProtect which allows authorized users access. It provides further security by creating a Virtual Private Network (VPN), which is like a “secure tunnel” through which all communication between the user PC and Ryerson must pass. All data transmissions are “encrypted” so that they cannot be read while travelling across the Internet.  GlobalProtect runs on your PC, laptop computer or mobile device, protecting you with the same security policies that protect the sensitive resources on Ryerson University network.

Requirements

  • Access to the Internet
  • A valid my.ryerson username and password
  • Two-factor authentication enabled for "applications that require two-factor authentication"

Note: If you do not meet or understand the above requirements, contact the CCS Help Desk for information before proceeding.  

Download, Install and use Student VPN:

Before you download and install the Student VPN, you will need to setup two-factor authentication.  Please complete the instructions outlined on the two-factor authentication webpage before proceeding with the download and install of Student VPN, GlobalProtect.

1. There are two versions of the Student VPN client for Windows available for download.  Please select either Student VPN (64bit) or Student VPN (32bit).

Determine which version of Windows your computer is running and select the correct Student VPN client software.  You cannot install the 64-bit client on a 32-bit version of the Windows or vice versa.

Check operating system information in Windows 7:
Click on Windows Control Panel and click System.  On the View basic information about your computer screen, the System type shows which version of Windows is installed.

Check operating system information in Windows 10:
Locate on your desktop, This PC icon found on the Windows desktopicon.  Right click and select Properties.  Look for System type to see if you are running a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows. 

Select the appropriate software for your computer.
- 32-bit Operation System, download Student VPN 32-bit.
- 64-bit Operating System, download Student VPN 64-bit.

2. Save this file to your desktop or your Local Disk (C:).

To use Student VPN, you will need to install and use the GlobalProtect client software.  This is the software included in the files you downloaded.

1. Before install, make sure that the GlobalProtect.msi or GlobalProtect64.msi file is located on your desktop.

2. Locate the downloaded file. Install the GlobalProtect client by double-clicking on the file GlobalProtect.msi or GlobalProtect64.msi and select Run as administrator.

Note: Running as administrator is mandatory. If you are not in the administrator group, please get help from your system administrator. 

3. If the Security Warning screen will appear, click Run to continue.

4. At the Welcome to the GlobalProtect Setup Wizard screen, click Next.

5. At the Select Installation Folder window, accept the folder and click Next.

6. At the Confirm Installation screen, click Next.

7. If prompted accept the installation for the Palo Alto Networks software, click Yes.

8. GlobalProtect will begin installation.

9. At the Installation Complete screen, click Close to end the installation.

1. After installation, GlobalProtect will open a Welcome window at the bottom right of your taskbar. At the Welcome to GlobalProtect window enter the  portal address as studentvpn.ryerson.ca and click Connect.

2. At Ryerson Login screen enter your my.ryerson username and password. Click Log in.

3. Next you will be prompted for your Two-Factor Verification Code.  You can select the checkbox to trust this browser for 30 days, so that you will not be prompted during that time period.

Note: When GlobalProtect software is updating or if your PC is idle; GlobalProtect may need to reconnect and you may be prompted for the Verification Password again.

4. A Global Protect Connected window displays when connection is made.  You can now access sites that require VPN.

For internal connections you will see this screen:

5. For external connections, a detailed view is provided that includes the IP and statistics information which may differ from your instance:

6.  When you are finished using GlobalProtect, click on the GlobalProtect icon found on your taskbar.  Next click on the setting gear at the top right of the screen.  Select Disable. This will end your connection to VPN.

7. You can now delete from your desktop the GlobalProtect.msi or GlobalProtect64.msi file.

 

Connect and Disable VPN Access

1. Click on the GlobalProtect icon found on your taskbar.  Select Enable.

2. At Ryerson Login screen enter your my.ryerson username and password. Click Log in.

3. Next, you will be asked for your  Two-Factor Verification Code. You can select the checkbox to trust this browser for 30 days, so that you will not be prompted during that time period.

4. A Global Protect Connected window displays when connection is made.  You can now access sites that require VPN.

1. Click on the GlobalProtect icon found on your taskbar.  Click on the settings gear found at the top right of the GlobalProtect screen and select Disable.  This will end your connection to VPN.

FAQ

The VPN status icon, that displays on the taskbar, at the bottom right of the screen, will indicate the current connection state:

  • GlobalProtect icon displays with an earth with a house image, when connected. GlobalProtect is connected successfully. 
  • GlobalProtect icon displays with an "x" when not connected. GlobalProtect is not connected, either because authentication failed or you chose to disable your connection.

Remove old Student VPN, GlobalProtect

If you need to remove an old version of GlobalProtect, open the Windows Control Panel or Settings panel.

  1. For Windows 7, click on Programs and Features.
  2. For Windows 8.x, click on Uninstall A Program.
  3. For Windows 10, click on Apps.

Select GlobalProtect. Click Uninstall.

Remove OpenVPN

If you need to uninstall the old OpenVPN, open the Windows Control Panel or the Settings Panel.

  1. For Windows 7, click on Programs and Features.
  2. For Windows 8.x, click on Uninstall A Program.
  3. For Windows 10, click on Apps.

Select OpenVPN. Click Uninstall.

If your computer is a Ryerson computer and supported by CCS, please contact the CCS Help Desk at help@ryerson.ca or extension 556806. Otherwise, you must contact the person who has administrator rights on the computer.

This may be caused by entering an incorrect or invalid my.ryerson username, password or verification code. Make sure you are entering your my.ryerson username and password. Remember that usernames and passwords are case-sensitive.  If you are able to log on http://my.ryerson.ca using your my.ryerson username and password, the problem may be your two-factor authentication setup. Try resetting your two-factor authentication by revoking your two-factor authentication and then reactivating two-factor authentication.

Follow the Disable GlobalProtect instructions.

If you are connecting from an Administrative network, not Academic or from off campus or RU-Secure, and require full VPN to access your application please do the following:

1. Click on the GlobalProtect icon found on your taskbar.  Next click on the Gateway dropdown selection and choose Ryerson.  You will now have full VPN access.

Internal connection, need full VPN, click on GlobalProtect icon, at the bottom of screen select "Ryerson"

2.  When you no longer need access to your application that required full VPN, you can disconnect.  Click on the GlobalProtect icon found on your taskbar.  Next click on the Gateway dropdown selection and choose Best Available.

Internal connection, disconnect full VPN, click on GlobalProtect icon, at the bottom of screen select "Best Available"

Find the GlobalProtect icon in the taskbar.  Click the Settings gear at the top right of the screen and select About.

From the GlobalProtect screen, click the settings gear at the top right and select About.

Version of GlobalProtect is displayed

GlobalProtect is preset to check if there are new versions available.  Once you have installed GlobalProtect and establish a VPN connection, the software will download the new version and put it in a queue.  It will install by itself.  You may see a message, "GlobalProtect agent upgrade is in progress".  Please wait, application will restart once the upgrade is complete."

If the information here did not help to resolve your problem, you can contact the CCS Help Desk at help@ryerson.ca.  Please include details of:

  • Your operating system version, e.g. Windows 7 Professional with SP1, Mac OS X 10.10.2 etc.  Your GlobalProtect Client version 
  • Your ISP (Internet Service Provider)
  • Your Ryerson email address

Important Note 

Ryerson is taking the issue of security very seriously. It is imperative that you disconnect your VPN session when you are finish with accessing any of the Ryerson systems or when your computer will be left unattended and unsecured for some period of time during the day.

Leaving your active VPN session open and unattended provides others with the opportunity for message forgery and other misuse, attributing them to you and creating an embarrassment to you and possibly compromising the integrity of Ryerson. This is especially important for people who share computers or have their computer located in a public area.

Some basic safeguards which can be used to aid data security are:

  • Disconnect your VPN session and logout from your PC during periods of absence. (e.g. coffee break, lunch, meetings etc.)
  • Lock your office or room during periods of absence during normal working hours.
  • Always use a screen saver password and a computer power-on password.