ITS offers VPN (Virtual Private Network) access to the campus network to all college employees and students. VPN software provides a secure connection between your remote computer and the network and allows your computer to function as if it were actually on campus.

It does not directly connect you to your College-provided computer, nor allow you to access files saved to your computer’s hard drive, however when you are working remotely, VPN allows you to access your shared network drives and some applications that can only be run when connected to the campus network. All Lafayette employees have VPN access, and must adhere to the Remote Access VPN Policy when using this service.

VPN for computers

Palo Alto Networks’ GlobalProtect is Lafayette’s recommended software for connecting to the campus VPN service from your desktop or laptop computer. If you require access to any of the on-campus computing resources that are not available over the public Internet, connecting via GlobalProtect will allow you to access those services.

What about the Cisco AnyConnect client?

  • Currently all ITS managed devices have the Cisco AnyConnect client installed. If you have managed device, no action is required. The new VPN client will be installed on your machine at a later date. An announcement will be made prior to this change, but until then, please continue to use the Cisco AnyConnect client.

GlobalProtect Installation Instructions

Windows Installation

  1. Go to https://globalprotect.lafayette.edu
  2. Sign in with your Lafayette NetID and two-step login
  3. Click “Download Windows 32 bit GlobalProtect agent” or “Download Windows 64 bit GlobalProtect agent” depending on your PC
  4. Follow the installation prompts on your computer
  5. Once installed, GlobalProtect opens automatically and adds an icon to your taskbar. Click the icon to open the user interface. In the “portal address” field, type “globalprotect.lafayette.edu”
    Type in "globalprotect.lafayette.edu" in the portal address
  6. Click [Connect]
  7. You will be prompted to log in with your NetID and two-step login
  8. You will see a confirmation screen indicating that you’ve connected successfully
    GlobalProtect will show successful connection

To Disconnect: Click the GlobalProtect icon in the taskbar and click [Disconnect].

macOS Installation

  1. Go to https://globalprotect.lafayette.edu
  2. Sign in with your Lafayette NetID and two-step login
  3. Click “Download Mac 32/64 bit GlobalProtect agent
  4. Follow the installation prompts on your computer, all installation settings can be left on their defaults.
  5. If the dialog below appears, DO NOT CLICK OK.  Click on “Open Security Preferences” instead.
    macOS System Extension Blocked Dialog
  6. Click the “Allow” button at the bottom of the “Security & Privacy” preferences window to allow the Palo Alto Extension.  If there is a locked padlock icon in the bottom left corner of the window, click on it first to enter your credentials to enable the “Allow” button.
    macOS Security and Privacy Preference Pane
  7. Once installed, GlobalProtect opens automatically and adds an icon to your menu bar. Click the icon to open the user interface. In the “portal address” field, type “globalprotect.lafayette.edu”
    Type in "globalprotect.lafayette.edu" in the portal address
  8. Click [Connect]
  9. You will be prompted to log in with your NetID and two-step login
  10. You will see a confirmation screen indicating that you’ve connected successfully
    GlobalProtect will show successful connection

To Disconnect: Click the GlobalProtect icon in the menu bar and click [Disconnect].

VPN for mobile devices

For mobile devices, Cisco AnyConnect provides VPN access.

Mobile and Tablet Installation

iOS (iPhone) Installation

  1. Download the new “Cisco AnyConnect” client from the app store on your device, do not select the Legacy version.
    Select the Cisco AnyConnect client from your iOS app store
  2. After installation, you will be prompted to allow notifications, select “Allow”.
  3. Next you will need to configure the VPN connection by selecting “Connections”, tap  “Add VPN Connection…” to set up the Lafayette College VPN connection.
  4. Enter the following connection settings:
    1. Description: Lafayette College VPN
    2. Server Address: vpn.lafayette.edu
  5. Save.
    AnyConnect Configuration settings.
  6. Select “Allow” to allow AnyConnect to add VPN configurations.
  7. You will be prompted to enter your device (phone) password.
  8. Once the configuration is added, you will be returned to the “VPN Connections” screen, tap “Back” to return to the main screen.
  9. To connect to the VPN, tap the slider to establish a VPN connection.
    Tap slider to establish VPN connection
  10. You will be prompted for your Lafayette NetID and password.
  11. If authentication is successful, you will be shown a banner indicating your VPN user type (NETADMIN, FACSTAFF, STUDENT, etc).
  12. Once the banner is dismissed, you are not connected to the VPN.

Android Installation

  1. Install the “Cisco AnyConnect” app from the Google Play Store.
  2. If prompted, allow AnyConnect permission to access other apps.
  3. Open the app and accept the license agreement.
  4. Choose to add a new VPN connection by tapping “Connection”.
  5. If the Advanced Preferences screen displays, tap “Add a New VPN Connection”.
  6. Enter the following information:
    1. Description: LC VPN
    2. Server Address: vpn.lafayette.edu
      Android AnyConnect settings
  7. Tap “Done”.
  8. To connect to VPN, tap the AnyConnect VPN Off button and when prompted, enter your Lafayette NetID and password.
  9. Tap “Accept” to connect to the VPN.
  10. Once connected, the AnyConnect app shows the VPN as turned to ‘On’.
    Turn AnyConnect VPN off and on
  11. To disconnect, turn the VPN button from On to Off.

Accessing Network Shares

Network shares are only connected automatically when connected to the Lafayette network during the login process.

If you need to connect your to your Samba shares, please visit Accessing Lafayette file shares.

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