This article explains how to connect your Windows PC or laptop to the University VPN.
An overview video
These instructions detail how to connect to the University VPN and
have been tested on a Windows 7 machine. They show how to connect to
the University VPN when off campus.
Open a web browser and go to the https://gp.vpn.port.ac.uk/global-protect/login.esp website.
Login with your university username and password, e.g. bloggsj or up123456 via the window shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1: VPN download login window
Another window will appear as shown in Figure 2. Select the
appropriate download for your operating system, i.e. Windows 32 or
64-bit. (How can I tell if my computer is running a 32-bit or a 64-bit version of Windows?)
Figure 2: VPN software downloads available
Once the file has downloaded run the program to install the software accepting the default settings.
Connect to VPN for the first time
- Open the program from the Windows 7 Start menu: Start >> All Programs / All Apps >> Palo Alto Networks >> Global Protect
- The login screen shown in Figure 3 will be displayed.
Figure 3: VPN login window
Disconnect from VPN
To connect to the VPN enter the following values into the GlobalProtect window:
University network account user name, e.g. bloggsj
University network account password
and then click 'Connect'.
The VPN globe icon will be displayed in the notification area of the system tray. While you are connected to the VPN the icon will show a shield icon, as shown in Figure 4.
Figure 4: VPN connected in Notification area
Re-connect to VPN
To disconnect from the VPN, right click the globe icon in the System
Tray or the System Notification area and then click 'Disconnect'.
When you are disconnected the icon will show a white cross in a red disc, as shown in Figure 5.
Figure 5: VPN disconnected in System Tray area
To re-connect to the VPN, right click the globe icon in the System
Tray or the System Notification area and then click 'Connect', as shown
in Figure 6.
Figure 6: Connect usingicon in the System Notification area
When prompted enter your login credentials and then click 'Apply', as shown in Figure 3 above.
When the VPN is connected the globe icon will show the shield , as shown in Figure 4 above.