Connect Your Mac OS Computer to the UTC VPN

Special Note

All UTC faculty, staff, and students have access to the VPN.  By default only UTC’s publicly available services and the Internet are accessible.  If you require access to privileged services, you must request an account elevation.

Directions (First time)

  1. Open your preferred web browser to: https://vpn.utc.edu
  2. Download the appropriate software version (Mac OS)
  3. Once the download has completed, install the client
    • During installation, some users will be notified that a system extension was blocked.  If this happens, click the ‘Open Security Preferences’ button and click the ‘Allow’ button
  4. After installation, the GlobalProtect client will appear in the system tray
  5. Open the GlobalProtect client by clicking on the system tray icon
  6. In the field that asks for the portal address, enter vpn.utc.edu
  7. Click ‘Connect’
  8. When prompted for username and password, enter your UTCID and password
  9. Click ‘Sign In’

Directions (Subsequent connections)

  1. Open the GlobalProtect client by clicking on the system tray icon
  2. Click ‘Connect’
  3. When prompted for username and password, enter your UTCID and password
  4. Click ‘Sign In’

Directions (Disconnect)

  1. Open the GlobalProtect client by clicking on the system tray icon
  2. Click ‘Disconnect’

Troubleshooting

When trying to connect, if the GlobalProtect app never connects and eventually says ‘Still Working’ then the system extension was blocked during installation and never allowed. (See step three under the first time directions above.)  To allow this extension after the fact, follow the steps below.

  1. Open the ‘System Preferences’ app
  2. Click ‘Security & Privacy’
  3. Click the ‘General’ tab at the top
  4. At the bottom you may see a message that states ‘System software from developer “Palo Alto Networks” was blocked from loading
    1. If so, click the ‘Allow’ button and reboot your computer
    2. If not, reinstall the GlobalProtect following the directions above.  If the system extension does not prompt during installation, follow these troubleshooting steps again starting at number 1.

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