VPN Instructions

Here are the steps to connect to our network from off campus and to browse to your network drives.

NOTE: we have a new VPN, so these are not completely up to date yet.

Please download the appropriate VPN client and install it on your computer:

Windows 32-bit

Windows 64-bit (if you’re not sure, try this one first, and if it won’t run, try the 32-bit version)

Mac OS X

Linux (deb)

Linux (rpm)

Windows Instructions

Step 1: After downloading the appropriate file above, double-click it. This will show you several files, double-click the one that says ‘setup’ or ‘setup.exe’ to install the VPN software.


Step 2: During the setup, press Next, then I Accept, keep pressing Next until you see a screen that asks for the Setup Type. You should choose the top option, Barracuda VPN client.


Step 3: When it asks for the server name, type vpn.dawson.edu in the field.


Step 4: After setup is finished, check the box to Launch VPN Client, and click Finish.


Step 5: Type your regular username and password you use to login to your computer at work and press OK to connect to the DCC network.


Step 6: The very first time you connect, it will ask you if you want to trust the certificate that encrypts your connection to the network. Press Yes.


Step 7: Now that you are connected, you are ready to go. You can check the connection status by hovering over the Barracuda VPN Client icon in your system tray. If you don’t see the icon, you may need to click the little Up arrow to show icons that have been hidden automatically. One last, very important, thing you need to know, so keep reading.


IMPORTANT: When you are done, left-click on the VPN icon, and click Disconnect. If you do NOT do disconnect, all your Internet traffic will be routed through our network, which will make everything slower for you.


Mac OSX Instructions
Coming soon! For now, install the client, use vpn.dawson.edu as the Server IP, and login with your DCC username/password
How to browse the network drives
You will need to type in the actual path where these shares are located:

For the K Drive \\firefly\netapps\ or \\\netapps

For the Z Drive \\firefly\class$ or \\\class$

For the U Drive \\firefly\staff$\USERNAME or \\\staff$\USERNAME (replace USERNAME with your ACTUAL username, we will laugh at you if you type in USERNAME)



Step 1: Click Start, type the above path for the desired drive.

Step 2: Hit Enter.

Step 1: Open Finder, click the Go menu, and choose Connect to Server…

Step 2: Enter one of the below addresses (in the form ‘smb://server/share’).

Step 3 (optional): To add a location to your favorite servers, click the + button.

Step 4: Click Connect.

K drive: smb://firefly/netapps

U drive: smb://firefly/staff$/ssmith

Z drive: smb://firefly/class$