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Managed Workstation VPN Service

The Managed Workstation (MWS) VPN service is separate from the Husky OnNet VPN service. Managed Workstation provides VPN services for Windows based clients only. We continue to provide the MWS VPN because it has tight Windows authentication integration, and has had higher bandwidth in past comparisons. You may be eligible for both Husky OnNet and the MWS VPN–which you use is up to you.

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Eligibility

To be eligible to use the MWS VPN Service, you must:

  1. Be an eligible user of the Managed Workstation service by belonging to a MWS department. This may be because you have a managed workstation, or because you have purchased the MWS VPN ala carte.
  2. Run Windows 10 or 7.
  3. Have a broadband connection of some kind. Modem dial-up connectivity will not work.
  4. Have the VPN client installed on your computer. This is a standard install on managed workstations. If it is not installed, please see the instructions for installing it on Windows 7 and Windows 10.

Using the Managed Workstation VPN Service

Once you have connected to the VPN by entering your UW NetID credentials, you can connect to campus network services which are otherwise unreachable. The data sent over the network between your computer and the campus network is encrypted.

Do recognize that all activity dependent on the network may be slower than you experience when on campus. This is because the network path from off-campus to the MWS VPN will be slower than the on-campus network. This will affect H: and I: drive activity.

There are several methods of connecting to the MWS VPN, and we’ve included directions for them all. You can choose which method best meets your needs.

Method      Benefits & costs
From logon From MWS computers, drive mapping & reduced sign-on, but may interrupt open applications b/c have to log out and relogon
Quick connect Quick
OS specific:

Windows 7

Windows 10

No special benefit

Connecting to the MWS VPN from workstation logon

These instructions work from Windows 7 or 10:

  • After computer start-up, click the Switch User button.
  • Near the bottom right side of the screen near the red “Power” button click on the blue “Network Logon” button.
  • This will initiate a VPN session. Log in as usual.

Connecting to the MWS VPN right from your workstation logon has some advantages, including:

  • Your drives will be mapped (this benefit persists after you connect using this method once)
  • You won’t be re-prompted to enter your NETID credentials for any network resource that requires them

Quick Connect

Click on the win8-networkicon Network icon in the tray near the clock, click “NetID VPN” and click “Connect”

 Windows 7

  1. Click the Start button and click “Control Panel”.
  2. Click “Network and Internet”. (Skip this step if using “Classic” Control Panel)
  3. Click “Network and Sharing Center” Control Panel.
  4. Click “Connect to a network”
  5. Click “NetID VPN”
  6. Click “Connect”

Windows 10

  1. To start a VPN session, Click the “Network” icon in the tray near the clock.
  2. A new window will open. Left click on “Netid VPN” and click “Connect”
  3. You may see this message appear: “Continue Connecting? We don’t have enough information to validate the server. You can still connect if you trust the server” If you see this message, click on the “Connect’ button

Using MWS VPN from non-Managed Workstation systems

Basic support for the MWS VPN is available for non-MWS computers, however, extended support is subject to MWS consulting rates.

The MWS VPN works well in many situations, but from non-MWS computers:

  • You will not see your H: and I: drive mounts.
  • You must ensure your computer is patched and using a current anti-virus program; see more details on UW policy.