VPN (Off-Campus Network Access)

USC Aiken now uses Junos PulseSecure for VPN access.

Faculty, Staff and Students should now use PulseSecure for off-campus access to university network resources from their personal or campus owned computers. PulseSecure replaced the older Junos Pulse client and systems still running the older client will automatically update on their first connection back to the network.

If you have any questions about VPN, or experience issues while using it, please contact the Help Desk for assistance.

Installing PulseSecure is now much easier than with previous versions.  If you already have an older version installed, your client will update the first time you re-connect. If you don't currently have it installed on your system, just follow the instructions below:

  • Download the installer from USCA's OneDrive:
    Pulse for Windows (64-bit)
    Pulse for Windows (32-bit)
  • Sign-in using your USCA email address and password.
  • If you don't have access to USCA's OneDrive, you can download from our alternative location with your USCA provided credentials: Pulse for Windows
  • The installer will download to your system, run it and complete any prompts necessary to complete the install.

PulseSecure is now installed on your computer.

Installing PulseSecure is now much easier than with previous versions.  If you already have an older version installed, your client will update the first time you re-connect.  If you don't currently have it installed on your system, just follow the instructions below:

  • Download the Installer from USCA's OneDrive
  • Sign-in using your USCA email address and password.
  • If you don't have access to USCA's OneDrive, you may download the Installer from an alternate location using your USCA supplied credentials: Pulse Installer for Mac
  • The installer will download to your system, run it and complete any prompts necessary to complete the install.

PulseSecure is now installed on your computer.

Windows

To Connect:

  • Click Start -> All Applications - > Pulse Secure or PulseSecure. The icon will be similar to the one shown to the right.
  • Click "Connect" in the Pulse Secure window.
  • If asked for a server enter: https://vpn.usca.edu/ad
  • Enter your USCA email address and password in the login dialog before clicking "Connect" again to complete the connection.

To Disconnect:

  • Click the PulseSecure icon in your task bar.
  • Click "Disconnect" in the Pulse window.

Mac

To Connect:

  • Click Go -> Applications - > Junos Pulse Secure or PulseSecure. The icon will be similar to the one shown to the right.
  • Click "Connect" in the Junos Pulse window.
  • If asked for a server enter: https://vpn.usca.edu/ad
  • Enter your USCA email address and password in the login dialog before clicking "Connect" again to complete the connection.

To Disconnect:

  • Click the PulseSecure icon in your launch Bar.
  • Click "Disconnect" in the Juno Pulse window.

Accessing files stored at J-drive and K-drive from a non-USC Aiken computer is a simple two step process. First you'll need to establish a Impulse or VPN connection to USC Aiken. Then, you'll connect directly to the server using the commands listed below. 

There are a few things to keep in mind when accessing your folders remotely:

  • If you're off-campus, a high speed (DSL or Cable) internet connection is suggested for best results.
  • You will only have access to your personal J drive and only K drive folders (and other drives) which you normally have access to.
  • If you are on-campus (but on a personal computer), you must first log into Impulse. If you are off-campus, you must first create a VPN connection. You will not be able to connect to the servers until a Impulse or VPN connection has been established.

Connect to Network Drives on PC

 Log Into Impulse (On-Campus) or Log Into VPN (Off-Campus)

 Click Start

 Click Click the Search field (sometimes called the "Run" field)

 Type one of the following:

  • For Student J-drive type: \\student.usca.edu\yourusername$
  • For Faculty/Staff J-drive type\\fileshare.usca.edu\yourusername$
  • For K-drive type\\fileshare.usca.edu\shared
  • For USCA Class Folders: \\fileshare.usca.edu\shared\USCA Class Folders

Click OK

Enter This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Password

Check Remember Username and Password

Click OK 

Connect to Network Drives on MACs

Log Into Impulse (On-Campus) or Log Into VPN (Off-Campus)

Click GO

Click Connect to Server

Type one of the following:

  • For Student J-drive type: smb://student.usca.edu/yourusername$
  • For Faculty/Staff J-drive typesmb://fileshare.usca.edu/home/yourusername
  • For K-drive typesmb://fileshare.usca.edu/shared
  • For USCA Class Folders: smb://fileshare.usca.edu/shared/USCA Class Folders

Click OK

USC-Columbia recently switched back to using Cisco AnyConnect for VPN access.  If you need to connect to Columbia's VPN, please follow the instructions on their website:

Download the Cisco AnyConnect Software

You'll find this software listed in the catalog at the link above.  The software is free to download.

Installation Guide for Cisco AnyConnect

Step-by-step instructions to install Cisco AnyConnect on both Windows and Mac computers.

Using Cisco AnyConnect

Detailed instructions on using AnyConnect for the first time.

Cisco AnyConnect and the Columbia VPN are supported by the Columbia campus.  If you have any issues connecting to Columbia's VPN, please contact the Columbia UTS Service Desk at: 803-777-1800.