How to connect to a departmental shared drives from off campus with Windows
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For instructions on how to download, install, and set up GlobalProtect agent, see FAQ 736.

Use GlobalProtect agent to connect via VPN
  1. Go to
  2. Follow the links to download the appropriate version of VPN For Windows (32-bit) or VPN For Windows (64-bit). Read FAQ 165 if you’re not sure which version of Windows your computer uses.
  3. Right-click VPN Profile for Macalester choose Save Link As...
  4. Save the MacVPN.pcf file to an easy-to-find location, such as the Desktop.
  5. Run the VPN installer file downloaded in Step 2. Restart the computer if prompted.
  6. Open the VPN Client.
  7. Click the Import button and select the MacVPN.pcf file.

Off-campus connections: Log into VPN and then open your G: drive

College-owned Windows Computers:
  1. Connect to the Internet at your location (e.g. your home's network, the hotel's wireless network, etc.)
  2. Open the VPN client and click the Connect button.
  3. Log in with your Macalester username and password, when prompted.
  4. Wait for the VPN Client to log in. Click Continue when prompted. The VPN windows will automatically close.
  5. If you are using a Macalester-owned computer: In the Start menu click Computer and double-click the Groups G: drive to open it

Personally-owned Windows Computers:
  1. Tap the Windows key on your keyboard, type cmd and tap the Enter key
  2. In the cmd.exe window that opens, type

    net use g: \\\admin\groups /\username

    where username is your Macalester username (hint: you can copy and paste the line instead of typing it, but to paste the text you have to right-click on the cmd.exe window and select Paste)

  3. Tap the Enter key
  4. You may be prompted for your password. Type that and tap the Enter key (Note: you won't see anything being typed on the screen while you are typing your password)
  5. You will be informed that the command completed successfully. The G: drive will now be accessible in the Start ->Computer window. You can now close the cmd.exe window.

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