Access Your Network Files From Your Home Computer

The following instructions show you how use the VPN connection to access your WSU personal and (if applicable) departmental files after you have downloaded and installed the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client.

Instructions for Windows

Access Your Files

  1. Double click the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client icon on your desktop, or choose Start >> All Programs >> Cisco >> Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client >> Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client. The following screen will appear:
    screen capture of the windows setup screen
  2. If the "Ready to connect." field is empty, enter wsu-vpn.wright.edu.
  3. Click the Connect button.
  4. Enter your campus username and password.
  5. Click Connect.
  6. Click the Accept button to accept the WSU VPN usage agreement. The VPN client should now be running in the background of your computer. To verify this, look in the bottom right corner near your clock for the icon highlighted in red below. You may have to display hidden icons in order to see the AnyConnect icon.
    screen capture of the system tray with vpn icon
    You will now be able to connect to the secure university resources that you have access to. For example, you can access your personal and departmental network files from home.

Disconnect

  1. To disconnect from the VPN service, right click the VPN client icon in your system tray and choose VPN Disconnect.

Create a New Shortcut

  1. Create a new shortcut on your Windows desktop to access your network drives. You can do this by right-clicking on an open area and selecting New >> Shortcut. Creating this shortcut only needs to be done one time; once created the shortcut can be used to access your Home directory (personal files) and, if applicable, your Shared directory (departmental files).
  2. In the Create Shortcut window, inside the Type the location of the item: field, type one of the following, then click Next.
    1. Faculty & Staff: Type (without the brackets) [\\shared.wright.edu].
      screen capture of the create shortcut window
  3. The system will attempt to connect to your network drives. If the connection is successful you will see a prompt to enter your username and password. If you do not see this prompt, or you see an error message, make sure that your AnyConnect VPN client is still connected to the WSU VPN. If you are still unable to connect, contact the CaTS Help Desk at (937) 775-4827.
  4. In the box that appears, inside the User name: field, type one of the following:
    1. Faculty & Staff: Type (without the brackets) wright.edu\[your campus "w" username].
  5. In the Password: field type your campus password, then click OK.
    screen capture of the username and password screen
  6. The system will again attempt to connect to your home drive. If it is successful, you will see a window asking you to name the shortcut or give it a title. If the connection is not successful, make sure you are entering the username and password correctly. If you continue to experience problems, contact the CaTS Help Desk at (937) 775-4827.
  7. Type an appropriate title for the shortcut. A good example is "WSU Network Drives." Click Finish.
    screen capture of the name the shortcut screen
  8. Your shortcut will now appear on your Windows desktop. Double click the shortcut to access your network drives. Remember, you must be connected to the WSU VPN for your shortcut to work.
    screen capture of the wsu network drives icon
  9. In the future, you will not need to go through the process again of creating the shortcut as it will remain on your Windows desktop. Once you connect to the WSU VPN, just double-click on the shortcut you made. You will be prompted to enter your password as you did in steps 12 & 13, and your network drives will appear.

Instructions for Macs

Access Your Files

  1. Before connecting to the VPN, make sure that your Finder Preferences are set to show connected servers on the desktop. To do this, go to Finder >> Preferences then check the box for Connected servers. This will ensure that your network drive mounts appear on the desktop.
  2. Double click your Macintosh HD icon, then click on Applications.
  3. Find the Cisco folder and double click on Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client. See the screenshot below.

    screen capture of the mac cisco window
  4. On the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client window, enter wsu-vpn.wright.edu in the Connect to: box. See the screenshot below.

    screen capture of the cisco anyconnect vpn client window
  5. Click the Select button.
  6. Enter your campus username and password.
  7. Click Connect.
  8. Click the Accept button to accept the WSU VPN usage agreement.
  9. The VPN client should now be running in the background of your computer. To verify this, look in the top right corner near your clock for the icon highlighted in red below.

    screen capture of the mac menu bar
  10. From the Finder menu, click Go >> Connect to Server.

    screen capture of a mac window
  11. In the Connect to Server window, in the Server Address field, type one of the following, then click Connect.
    screen capture of the connect to server window
    • Faculty & Staff: Type (without the brackets) [smb://shared.wright.edu/].
  12. In the Name: field, type one of the following:
    • Faculty & Staff: Type (without the brackets) wright.edu\[your campus "w" username].
  13. Type your campus password into the Password: field, then click Connect.

    screen capture of the name and password window
  14. Your network drives should now open and show you the folders and documents contained within. It should also now be mounted on your Desktop and on the sidebar of your Folder window.

    screen capture of the network drives window

Create an Alias

  1. If you would like to create an alias for your network drive, hold down the Control key and click the drive mount on your desktop, then select Make Alias.
    screen capture of the make alias option
  2. You will now see an alias appear on your desktop. Give the alias an appropriate title, such as "WSU Network Drives."
  3. To connect to your network drives in the future, first connect to the WSU VPN referenced in step 2, then double-click on the alias you created. You will be prompted to enter your username and password as you did in steps 12 & 13.

Disconnect

To disconnect from the VPN service, single left-click the VPN client icon in the top right corner and choose Disconnect.