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VPN Access

Access to the VPN is assigned to those who require it for a university business or academic function. To request access, send an email to Include a short description of the academic or business reason you are requesting VPN access.

To use the Passport VPN, you cannot already be connected to the Missouri State network. The VPN is designed to allow those not currently on the network a secure connection to the network.


The VPN's purpose is accomplished by encrypting the data before it leaves the computer and decrypting it upon arrival at the target destination. The reverse is done for data moving in the opposite direction. In this way, private and sensitive data remain secure. As a secure convenience to Missouri State University students, staff, and faculty, many resources can be accessed off campus via the associated VPN. These include file servers, internal websites, and workstations.

This is to set up your Virtual Private Network (VPN) which allows you to access your computer, file shares, and internal websites off campus.

This installation method targets Mac OSX running the latest version of Oracle Java. If any issues are encountered during this process, please notify the Computer Services Helpdesk at to expedite updates to this article.

Step-by-step guide

  1. Open any Web Browser (Safari, Google Chrome, Etc.) and go to If a window drops down, click Trust.
  2. Enter your BearPass Login and BearPass Password. Click Login.

  3. An Automated installation will attempt to run. Approve any requests by Java to run.

    If the automated installation completed, you may skip to step 10

  4. If the automatic installation fails, a download link for the client will appear. Please click Download to download the latest package.

  5. The file will appear in your Downloads folder. Double-click vpnsetup.dmg.

  6. This window will appear. Click Continue.

  7. Click Continue to agree to the terms. 

  8. Click Install. Your computer may prompt for authentication.

  9. Once installation is finished, open it from the Applications folder or the Launchpad.

  10. On the first screen, in the Address box, type and click Connect.

  11. Enter your BearPass Login@SGF (abc123@SGF) and BearPass Password, then click OK.

  12. The AnyConnect Client will now establish a connection to the Missouri State University Network. The status of this connection will be displayed as an icon in the menu bar.

You can now access the same campus resources you could if your computer were physically located on campus.

Once the VPN is up and running, you may delete the installation dmg file from your computer, as it is no longer needed.

Once the connection is established you can connect to a server by clicking the finder. In the menu at the top click Go and click the very last option Connect to Server. There you can type a server name such as \\ It will ask for your credentials and you will want to enter your Bear Pass login and password.


For questions or comments, contact the Computer Services Help Desk