Virtual Private Network
The purpose of a virtual private network (VPN) is to allow members of the SMC community to connect to the campus network from a remote location in a secure fashion.
Connecting using the VPN allows you—from a remote location—to access college resources that are normally restricted to on-campus computers. Services available (or more easily available) via VPN include:
- Access to home drives on fs1 (also called "H: drives")
- Access to shared drives on the server "mavis" (typically mounted as P: on Windows)
- Unrestricted access to the Online Phonebook
(No additional authentication is needed.)
- Access to Banner Forms
- Access to Argos
(Restricted-license software, such as Adobe products, can be used off-campus. College-owned computers only.)
- Printing to networked printers on campus
NOTE: VPN software is only available for Windows (Vista, XP, 7) and Mac OS X (10.6 "Snow Leopard" or later).
NO client is available for smart phones or iPads.
Accessing off-campus services
Please note that using the VPN offers no benefit for accessing services that are hosted off campus.
This includes the databases listed on the college's web proxy page.
You must still use the web proxy to access these databases. Accessing them can be done when you are connected via the VPN or not, but connecting to the VPN
explicitly to access off-campus services such as these is a waste of computing resources.
Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7
Click here for instructions and VPN Client software download.
Earlier versions of Windows are not supported.
Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 10 are not supported.
Mac OS X Users
10.6 "Snow Leopard", 10.7 "Lion", 10.8 "Mountain Lion", 10.9 "Mavericks", 10.10 "Yosemite", 10.11 "El Capitan", 10.12 "Sierra"
These versions of Mac OS X have built-in VPN client software.
Click here for configuration and connection instructions.
Earlier versions of Mac OS X/MacOS are not supported