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GSE Information Technology

Network Drives

GSE maintains a central file server for shared departmental and individual storage space. 

If you require access to a particular departmental network drive or folder, please have the department’s program manager, coordinator or the faculty chair contact us outlining the drive/folder to which you need access.

Contact the GSE IT Team for assistance setting up VPN access.

VPN Access from Windows computers

You will be downloading an application called Junos Pulse, which will allow you to connect to the file server when you are connected to a home network or using a wireless network anywhere in the world.

Go to https://sra.tss.isc.upenn.edu/gse and log in with your file server (domain) password.  

You will be prompted to install Host Checker first, before you can download Junos Pulse. Once Host Checker is installed, you should see the Junos Pulse link. Click on the link and install Junos Pulse. Once it's installed, you will find it in Start menu > Programs. When you run it, it will prompt for your file server (domain) login. Junos Pulse is used to establish a secure connection to the file server, and you will need to create a drive mapping to the file server.

To map the drive, open any folder on your computer, and in the Tools menu of the folder, click on Map Network Drive.  Check the box "Reconnect at Logon". Change the Drive letter as desired and in the Folder field, enter the location of your network drive fileshare. If you do not know the location of the fileshare, please contact GSE IT. Click Finish and you should now have a mapping to the drive which will appear when you Open or Save files. Since we chose "Reconnect at Logon", you may get a popup whenever you log into the computer that it "could not connect to all network drives".  This happens because it tries to connect to the network drive before your computer is actually connected to the internet. Ignore that message.

Remember that whenever you want to connect to the your network drive, you will need to run Junos Pulse and log into it first, or the drive will fail to open.

VPN Access from Mac Computers

You will be downloading an application called Junos Pulse, which will allow you to connect to the file server when you are connected to a home network or using a wireless network anywhere in the world.  

Go to https://sra.tss.isc.upenn.edu/gse and log in with your file server (domain) password.  

You will be prompted to install Host Checker first, before you can download Junos Pulse. Once Host Checker is installed, you should see the Junos Pulse link. Click on the link and install Junos Pulse. Once it's installed, you will find it in your Applications folder, when you want to run it in the future. When you run it, it will prompt for your file server (domain) login. Junos Pulse is used to establish a secure connection to the file server, and you will need to create a drive mapping to the file server.

Click on the Finder icon (the smiley face) in your Dock, then click on the Go menu and choose "Connect to Server". In the Address field,  type the location of your fileshare. If you do not know the location of the fileshare, please contact GSE IT. Click on the + symbol to add that server address to the favorites list. Click the Connect button to connect to it.

To create desktop shortcuts, after you connect to the shared drive and/or the personal drive, select the drive icon(s) that appear on your desktop, then open the File menu and choose "Make Alias".  An alias is a shortcut to the server that will remain on your desktop.  If you don't see the drives on your desktop, click on Preferences in the Finder menu, and check the box "Connected Servers" under the General tab.

Remember that whenever you want to connect to the Research drive or your personal drive, you will need to run Junos Pulse and log into it first, or the drive will fail to open.