The IXD program at Sheridan has a openVPN server at the hostname innovate.sheridanc.on.ca.  To access it you must have the configuration files provided to you by either the system administrator or your instructor.   Using the openVPN client Tunnelblick  you will use those configuration files to setup a secure connection to innovate.sheridanc.on.ca  If you are using windows, download the official OpenVPN client here. Once the connection is established that you can then use the secure connection to transfer sensitive files.

 

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VPN Installation & Setup


   Mac:

   Windows:

 


Accessing the Fileshare


   Mac:

   Windows:

 

 

 


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Client Installation

For Mac


Step 1

  • Obtain the client.conf specifically made for connecting to innovate.  This will be provided on a USB key or other non-network medium.

 


Step 2


Step 3

  • Launch the installation file in your “Downloads” folder. 
  • The software will ask if you have configuration files, answer that you do.

Step 4

  • The configuration files that you need are client.conf, ca.crt, client.crt, and client.key.  Make sure they are all in the same directory.
  • Double-click on the .ovpn file to install the configuration.

 

 

 

 


Establishing a Connection

For Mac:


 Step 1

  • Start the Tunnelblick software from your applications folder.
  • Click the Tunnelblick icon in your upper right toolbar and select “VPN Details…”.

 


Step 2

  • You should see a window like the one below. You should only have one configuration available (“openvpn-client” under “Configurations”).
  • Select the new configuration, and click “Connect”.
  • A transparent dialog box will appear in the upper right corner displaying the connection progress. 

 


Step 3

  • Enter your user name and password when prompted, and press “OK”.

 

 

 


Client Installation

For Windows


Step 1

  • Obtain the client.conf specifically made for connecting to innovate.  This will be provided on a USB key or other non-network medium.

 


Step 2


Step 3

  • Launch the OpenVPN installer from your "Downloads".
  • Continue through the installation dialogues. Leave all of the default settings as they are.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Establishing a Connection

For Windows (Primary Method):


 Note: If you're using an older version of Windows, you may need to use the alternate method below.


 Step 1

  • Click on the Start button, and select 'Applications'.
  • Navigate to 'OpenVPN > Shortcuts > OpenVPN Configuration File Directory'

 

This will launch an Windows Explorer window like the one below, pointing to the directory "Program Files > OpenVPN > config". The 'config' directory will be empty.

 


Step 2

  • Launch a second Windows Explorer window, and navigate to the directory containing configuration files given to you by your teacher.
  • Copy the VPN configuration files into the 'config' directory you opened in the previous step.

 


Step 3

  • Click on the Start Menu and select 'Applications > OpenVPN > OpenVPN GUI' to launch the client.

 


Step 4

  • Right-click on the OpenVPN GUI icon in the bottom right Windows taskbar.
  • Select "Connect"

 


Step 5

  • When prompted, enter the credentials given to you by your teacher, and click "Okay".

 

 

 


Establishing a Connection

For Windows (Alternate Method for older versions of Windows):


 Step 1

  • Right Click on Start --> Command Prompt (Admin) or find the Command Prompt App and right click on it, select Run-As-Administrator (Required otherwise route lines will error

 


Step 2

  • Change Directory to where you have the VPN files. If you put them on the desktop, and your user name was joesmith then the command would be "cd \Users\joesmith\Desktop\VPN"

 


Step 3

  • Execute the command 'openvpn openvpn-client.ovpn'.

 


Step 4

  • Log in when prompted

 

 

 


Step 5

  • When you're finished, you can close the connection by pressing 'F4' with Command Prompt as the active window

 

 

 


Accessing the Fileshare

For Mac


 Step 1

  • Open a new Finder window, and press Command-K to get the connect-to-server dialog box

  • Enter 'smb://10.8.0.1'

 

 


Step 2

  • Log in with the username and password provided by your instructor.

Files copied to and from this file-share over the VPN connection are now secure.

 

 

 


Accessing the Fileshare

For Windows


 Step 1

  • From the Start menu, search "Run", and enter '\\10.8.0.1'

 


Step 2

  • When prompted, enter the credentials given to you by your teacher. 

     Note: If Windows rejects your user name and password, continue "Adding a Windows Credential" below.

Files copied to and from this file-share over the VPN connection are now secure.

 

 

 


Accessing the Fileshare

Adding a Windows Credential


 Step 1

  • Open the Start Menu, and search for "Credential Manager"

 


Step 2

  • Select "Add a Windows Credential" 

 


Step 3

  • Enter '\\10.8.0.1' as the "Internet or network address"
  • Enter the user name and password provided by your instructor
  • Click "Okay", to save the credential

Now that your credentials have been saved, return to Step 1 of "Accessing the Fileshare: For Windows"