Overview of VPN and Remote Access at SMCC

SMCC maintains two major types of networks: internal and Internet-only. College owned equipment is placed on internal networks and have access to internal resources not shared with the public Internet. At times it may be necessary for faculty or staff to access internal resources from off-campus or from Internet-only networks. This is possible using Virtual Private Network (VPN) technology provided by the Fortinet firewalls that separate the public Internet from internal resources. This technology comes in two levels of access:


The first level is granted to all SMCC employees for accessing popular resources through a supported web browser. Access the web VPN by going to http://vpn.smccme.edu. With it, you can access your network drives (N, S, Z, etc) as well as use a remote desktop program to work on your office computer. Web VPN does not enable desktop applications to connect to internal networks. For this sort of functionality you must request access to the FortiClient VPN.

FortiClient VPN

The second level of access installs a VPN client on an employee's laptop and allows them to access resources other than fileshares or desktop computers. The FortiClient app is installed by IT and allows connection to J1 and other internal systems. This level of access requires the employee apply for, and justify, need to a supervisor and have approval from IT. More information and instructions on how to request access to the FortiClient VPN and how to connect to the VPN are available in the FortiClient VPN Access and Operation article.

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