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Using the DSS VPN with Windows

The DSS VPN service has been verified to work with Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7.

How to connect to the VPN for the first time

  1. Visit the VPN web address:

    https://vpn.dss.ucdavis.edu/

  2. Provide your UC Davis credentials (UC Davis LoginID and Kerberos Passphrase), and click the "Go" button.
  3. You will be prompted to download the VPN client software. Click the "click here to continue" link to initiate the download. Save the installer to your computer, then run it to initiate the installation.
  4. Complete the installation procedure, accepting all of the default options.
  5. Once the installer completes, your computer will automatically connect to the VPN. You will find a new OpenVPN icon in your system tray (lower right corner of the screen), which indicates the status of your VPN connection. The icon looks like an orange keyhole.

You can find pictorial directions here:
http://openvpn.net/index.php/access-server/docs/admin-guides/457-connect-to-openvpn-access-server-using-the-connect-client.html

How to connect to the VPN AFTER the first time

  1. Find the OpenVPN icon in your system tray (lower right corner of the screen). The icon looks like an orange keyhole.
  2. Right-click on the icon, and select "Connect . . ." from the menu.
  3. You will be prompted to enter your UC Davis credentials (UC Davis LoginID and Kerberos Passphrase). The "Server:" field should be set to: vpn.dss.ucdavis.edu
  4. Click the "Connect" button to connect to the VPN.

How to disconnect from the VPN

  1. Find the OpenVPN icon in your system tray (lower right corner of the screen). The icon looks like an orange keyhole.
  2. Right-click on the icon, and select "Disconnect" from the menu.