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Setting up your home computer (Mac OS)

Your home computer or laptop will need two things to connect remotely to your office computer:

  1. VPN Client software
  2. A Remote Desktop client

Installing the VPN client

NOTE: Because the VPN grants access to University resources you should NEVER install it on public computers.

  1. Visit https://vpn.salina.k-state.edu with your browser. If you receive a certificate warning, click Continue.

    Safari certificate warning

  2. At the login prompt enter your Salina user-ID and password. Select Connect in the drop-down box and click Go.
    OpenVPN weblogin

  3. Your computer will download the openvpn-connect.dmg file and should automatically mount it and start the installation. If not, double-click the downloaded .dmg file and then double-click the OpenVPN Connect.pkg to run it. The installer should look like the image below:
    Open VPN Mac installer

  4. Select the default options to install OpenVPN Connect
  5. When the installation is finished, an OpenVPN icon should appear in your menu bar (top right of your screen).
    Open VPN Mac menu icon

Installing a Remote Desktop client

The Remote Desktop client you need to use will very depending what Remote Desktop software your office computer is running. Instructions for the software Information Systems recommends are listed below - look for the Operating System of your OFFICE computer in the list:

My office computer is running Windows...

Microsoft provides a Remote Desktop App in the Mac App Store.  The corresponding web-page in the iTunes store can be found at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-remote-desktop/id715768417?mt=12.  Download and install the Remote Desktop App in order to connect to a Windows computer using Remote Desktop.

My office computer is running Mac OS...

Mac OS X comes with a built-in VNC viewer that can be used for remote screen sharing. If you ONLY use Mac computers to remotely connect to your Mac at work, Information Systems recommends using the built-in VNC viewer and server. If you have a more complex setup (eg. you connect to your work computer with both Mac and Windows PCs), please contact Information Systems for assistance. The instructions below explain how to add an icon for the ScreenSharing app to your dock:
  1. Open the Finder (click anywhere on the desktop, then press the Command and N keys simultaneously).
  2. Select your hard-drive in the left pane. Browse to /System/Library/CoreServices/Screen Sharing. Double-click on Screen Sharing.

    Finder screensharing

  3. A Connect to Shared Computer window will appear. Leave it up temporarily, but don't worry about filling it in just yet.

    Apple VNC client connect

  4. A ScreenSharing icon should also appear on your dock. Hold-click or right-click the icon, select Options, and click on Keep in Dock.

    Apple VNC client - keep in dock

  5. You can now Cancel the Connect to Shared Computer window to close it, and you can close out of the Finder window.
  6. The Screen Sharing icon should remain available in your dock and can be used to connect to your office computer. Instructions for connecting to your Mac at work are provided on a separate web-page.