MCLA Remote Access (Windows)

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For various reasons pertaining to security, certain services within the MCLA network are protected from direct access to the Internet. Access to these resources from other networks requires special software to provide a secure “tunnel” from your computer. MCLA employs an SSL VPN to provide this function and this document explains how to access, install and use this tool for Windows based machines.

Accessing the VPN Software

  • 1. To download the VPN software you will need to login to the Remote Access Portal found here : Sophos VPN.
  • 2. At the web page you will need to login using your A# and password or the credentials you were provided for the VPN.


  • 3. Once logged in select the Remote Access link on the page.
  • 4. Click the download button on top of the list. It should be the option to "download a complete installation package".
  • 5. A download for the VPN titled sslvpn_inst_a########.exe should begin.

Installing the VPN Software

  • 1. Open the sslvpn_inst_a########.exe file.


  • 2. Click Next >.


  • 3. Click I Agree.


  • 4. Click Install.


  • 5. Check the box next to Always trust software from Sophos and then click Install.


  • 6. Click Next >.


  • 7. Click Finish.

Using the VPN

 To Connect
  • 1. Click on the traffic light icon located in the bottom right corner of your screen. You may need to click the ^ to show your hidden icons.


  • 2. Right click the traffic light icon.
  • 3. Click Connect.


  • 4. Login with your A# and password.


  • 5. The traffic light should change to green and you should see a popup to indicate you are successfully connected.
 To Disconnect


  • 1. Right click the traffic light.
  • 2. Click Disconnect