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Direct Access VPN

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Intended Audience

This Quicknote is intended for current Faculty and Staff members want to have their computers joined to the newest VPN.


To follow this Quicknote you will need to have a domain-joined Windows computer. Running Windows operating system 8.1 or higher; that is also a Windows enterprise-level operating system. If your version of Windows is the Home or Professional versions then the Direct Access VPN will be unable to function properly. Windows Firewall must be enabled as well as ipv6 and the 6 to 4 protocol. This cannot be installed on a personal computer.

This is a VPN replacement that will always be on. This requires no client to be installed and it auto-detects whether you are on campus or off-site connecting to the internet. Only traffic that is going to will go through the VPN. In other words, it will only filter traffic going to or any university-related website. It will also automatically connect network drives and printers.

How to Participate

If you are interested in getting this enabled on your computer please contact the ITS Helpdesk and provide the following information:
  • Name 
  • Phone
  • Computer Name
  • Verify OS version


If you are unsure of how to find the name of your computer, simply:
  1. Click the start button
  2. Right-click on Computer or My Computer
  3. Then click Properties
  4. The computer name should be listed on this screen

The computer name can also be found by:
  1. Clicking the Start button
  2. Choosing Settings (it's the gear-shaped icon above the power icon)
  3. Click System
  4. Then click About

If you are not sure what your Operating system is you can follow some simple steps to have it displayed on your screen. To do this:
  1. Click the start button
  2. Type 'winver' and press enter
  3. This should give you a splash screen with your Windows version
    • Alternatively, you can press the Windows key on your keyboard along with the Pause Break key to also find out what version you are running.

If you have any questions or experience any issues with this Quicknote please visit or contact the ITS Helpdesk for assistance.

Location: 206 Murchie Science Building
Phone#: (810) 762-3123 (option 1)

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