Engineering Network Services - CSU
VPN Information for Mac OS X
Note: Junos Pulse and Tunnelblick have been retired. The VPN client
used by CSU is Pulse Secure Connect Gateway. The Pulse Secure VPN is supported by
Academic Computing & Network Services (ACNS), not ENS. These instructions are
provided as a courtesy. If you have any issues with this tool please
Using DUO for Two-Factor Authentication
Beginning April 25, 2018, connecting to CSU using Pulse Secure and secure.colostate.edu will not only require you to log in with your eID and Password, but will also require you to verify your identify using a second factor device (your cell phone, a land line, or a hardware token).
- Download the Duo Mobile App to your smartphone. If you don’t have a smartphone or prefer not to use it for CSU business, you can skip this step.
- From your desktop or laptop computer, connect to the webpage https://authenticate.colostate.edu and review the documentation and FAQs – especially if you travel or work internationally, or if you use Pulse Secure.
- Click on the "Sign Up/Modify Devices" button and follow the instructions to register your second device. If you don’t plan to use a smartphone, register your CSU desk phone. Alternatively, hardware tokens that you can carry with you are available for purchase through RamTech. To learn more, visit ACNS DUO help
- Return to the ACNS DUO page and click on the "Test Your Account" button to make sure it all works.
Pulse Secure Connect SSL VPN
To connect a device running Mac OS X to the Pulse Secure VPN follow these steps.
- Download the
Mac version of the Pulse client installer (Mac OS X v10.8 or higher).
- To initiate the client install double-click on the Pulse Secure package file.
Click Continue then Install when asked and then accept the default
settings during the rest of the installation.
- When the installation is finished you should see a new icon in Applications
named Pulse Secure.
- In Applications, click on Pulse Secure. A Connections
window should appear. Click on the "+" icon to open an add connection window.
- In the add connection window keep UAC or SSL-VPN as the default type. You can name the
connection whatever you want -- for example, CSU. The Server URL for the secure gateway is
- When you have finished entering the connection information click Add to save the connection, then click Connect. A login window should appear. Enter your CSU eID and password, enable the Save settings box, then click Connect. When a secure connection to the CSU network has been established you are now ready to start a remote desktop (RDP) client and connect to the Virtual Classroom.
- IMPORTANT! Before Pulse can connect, it will need you to supply your second authentication factor that you setup using DUO. Once you have supplied this, Pulse will fully connect to the CSU network.
Connect to Virtual Classroom Mac OS X
Note: If no app on your Mac can open the connection file, install Microsoft Remote Desktop 8 from the Mac OS X app store. Once installed, left-click the downloaded connection file then click “Open With” and select Microsoft Remote Desktop. The connection file should add automatically. If it does not, retry the steps. You may need to add the connection file to Microsoft Remote Desktop 8.
- Download the connection file.
- Double click the downloaded file, and ignore any certificate warnings.
- Login using your Engineering username and password.
This document last modified Wednesday August 29, 2018