Pulse Secure: Using the VPN connection on a university laptop (Windows 7)


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These instructions are only for the university's Windows 7 installations.

The university has started using a new VPN client software by Juniper Networks, Pulse Secure. The new application differs from the currently used OpenVPN in that using Junos Pulse does not require system administrator privileges. For this reason it is especially well suited for use on university computers. If you want to make your home folder (i.e. the Z drive) available from outside of the university network, begin by following these instructions, then open the instructions for Remote use of the home folder.

  • Click the Windows icon in the bottom left corner of the screen, and from the All programs menu find Pulse Secure and open the Junos Pulse application within.


  • The application has been pre-configured with the settings for the remote connection, so you can simply click Connect in the Connections menu, under VPN-staff.


  • The application will open a new window, asking for user name and password. Enter your user name into the User Name field and your password into the Password field. Finally, click Connect.


  • Junos Pulse will notify you when the connection has been formed. The notification will open into a new window, but it closes itself automatically after a moment. The VPN connection will be active until you click Disconnect VPN-staff next to the connection in the application's main window.


If you want, you can check the connection's functionality by finding the folder named HY in the All Programs section of the Windows menu, and by starting the application ShowIP. The first six digits in the IP address displayed in the application should be 128.214.xxx.xxx.