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VPN - Virtual Private Network

VPN access is now required to access personal computers from outside ISU's firewall and most servers when a wired connection is not present (as of March 7th, 2017).

In ISU's environment, you'll currently need VPN for the following tasks. 
  • Remote desktop or SSH to your workstation. 
  • ARGOS 
  • Internet Native Banner (Banner INB)
  • Travel & Expense and Workfow systems
  • print to on-campus printers from off campus
  • Connection to most College of Science and Engineering servers unless on campus with a wired connection

You'll need to request an account, and install VPN client software.  Installation instructions for Mac and Windows are attached at the bottom of this page. For Linux, please file a support request with CoSE IT.  

Faculty and staff can request access by filling out the form below. Requests must include person's name, user name, and what they need access to, such as specific server including IP address.  Help desk may also request the name of the  person's supervisor.  

For example: 
Joe User:  userjoe   Needs to access remote desktop on work computer at 134.50.xx.xx and the  glacier file share at, his is supervised by Roger User, chair of the math department. 

Students will need to have a supervisor request access. 

VPN Usage notes:

Please don't download large files through the VPN, and it is recommend to check your IP at to make sure you have an ISU address.  ISU addresses start with 134.50. 

VPN Access Request Form

Thomas Fife,
Jul 29, 2015, 7:50 AM
Michael McGregor,
Mar 7, 2017, 12:29 PM