In a post to our department blog earlier today, we announced our district’s VPN. This posting is aimed at those users of district laptops (that have been configured by the IT Department’s staff since mid-summer 2012). Note, these instructions assume that you are on a network outside of the school district, and that you’re connecting via a wireless access point. The instructions are virtually identical if you are connecting via a wired socket. They also assume that you are using Windows 7.
If you’d like to connect to the district’s SD62 VPN, please use the following steps:
Step 1 – Click on your computer’s network icon in the lower right corner of your screen (this would be a series of bars if you’re on a wireless connection, or a computer screen with a network wire icon if you’re on a wired connection). When you click on the icon, a menu will appear like the one pictured below:
Step 2 – Click on the SD62 VPN option (from the list of available networks). When you do so, a ‘Connect’ button should appear, as pictured below:
Once you’ve connected up to the VPN, your H: Drive should be visible in its normal location for your computer. At times, there may be a red ‘x’ on the H: Drive, even if you’ve successfully connected to the VPN. Just double-click on the icon. Usually, you will be connected directly to your drive. However, you may be asked to login, in which case you should use your sd62 username and password.
If you’d like to disconnect from the VPN, simply follow the same steps as listed above. However, because you’d be already connected to the VPN, you would see a ‘Disconnect’ button during the second step. Click on it, and in few seconds, you’ll be disconnected from the district’s network.
If you need help connecting up to the VPN, the Help Desk can provide limited support to this function. Basically, we can make sure that the software is installed correctly on your laptop. However, because individual networks can vary in their configuration and operating speeds, we can’t provide troubleshooting support beyond the software verification just described.
That being said, if you have questions please feel free to call the Help Desk at 250-474-9875 and speak to either Kathy or Jennifer. Additionally, we do appreciate comments on our blog. If you’re inclined, please feel free to leave one. Maybe you’d like to share your experiences or observations about using the VPN?