VPN Installation Guide: Windows

Requires Windows 8.1 or higher. If unsure of your version, here’s how to find out what version of Windows you have.

Windows VPN installation has 3 Steps:  1 Download2 Install3 Configure

To get started, download the correct version of Pulse Secure for your system. If you are not sure which version is right for your computer, here’s how to find out If you need 32-bit or 64-bit.

VPN Server URL: vpn.library.ucdavis.edu (step-by-step instructions below)

Please note that these instructions apply to multiple versions of Windows. The appearance of your own computer may differ slightly to the screenshots included below.

  1. Open the Pulse Secure installation file. It will be named PulseSecurex86.msi (34-bit) or PulseSecurex64.msi (64-bit) depending on which version you chose.
    — Note: At this point, your device should prompt you if you accidentally downloaded the wrong bit version.
  2. In the Pulse Secure Installation Wizard, select Next and Install.
    Screenshot of Pulse Secure Installation Wizard

  3. If you are asked if you want to make changes to your device, select Yes.
    Screenshot of UAC Security Pop-up

  4. When the installation is complete, select Finish to exit the Setup Wizard.
    Screenshot of final screen in Pulse Secure Installation Wizard

Pulse Secure is now installed! Next, let’s configure it to connect to the library VPN.

Please note that these instructions apply to multiple versions of Windows. The appearance of your own computer may differ slightly to the screenshots included below.

  1. Use the Start Menu to locate and open Pulse Secure.
    Screenshot of Windows Start Menu with Pulse Secure highlighted
  2. Select the Plus symbol to add a new connection.
    Screenshot of Pulse Secure with Plus button circled

  3. Enter the following VPN connection information and then select Add to save the connection.
    Type: (do not change this setting)
    Name: Library VPN (or another name of your choosing)
    Server URL: vpn.library.ucdavis.edu
    Screenshot of Pulse Secure with Connection info filled in

  4. “Library VPN” will now appear as an option in your Connections list. Select Connect to open the connection.
    Screenshot of Pulse Secure Connections list

  5. When prompted, enter your UC Davis Kerberos (CAS) username and password, click Connect. A secondary prompt will appear requesting your Duo code/command. See our FAQ for options, enter the option you prefer, then select Connect to complete the connection. A green checkmark will appear in your Connections list once the connection is successful.
    Screenshot of Pulse Secure with Library VPN connected

Congratulations, you are now connected to the library VPN and have access to the library’s resources!