Before you leave the office with your or spare office computer

Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)

Be sure you have a 2FA device that you have access to from home.

  1. Go to
  2. Click Manage my 2FA on my Devices
  3. Beside Device, use the drop-down to see what devices you have enrolled.

Penn State Computers

First Login

If you are using a spare computer from the office that you have not logged into since we migrated to EAD this winter, be sure to log in while on a wired connection prior to leaving. The computer will not be able to reach the domain for first login at home and you will be stuck until returning to the office.

Cisco AnyConnect Security Mobility Client - VPN 

This will direct all traffic from your computer while connected through a secure connection back to Penn State. You can look for a Cisco folder in the Start menu.

Your Penn State laptop should have Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client already installed. If not, in the taskbar of your computer, click the BigFix b icon. In most cases, this is in the bottom right corner near the date and time. You will see an offer for Cisco AnyConnect Client. Click on it. Click Get and wait for it to install.

Now you can take your computer or spare office computer home.


  • Connect to Wi-Fi or wired network.
  • Locate and open Cisco AnyConnect.
  • Logon with your Penn State ID and password.
  • Cisco AnyConnect/VPN is required to use the apps (Outlook, OneDrive) and to access the county shares.



Open Outlook just like you do at work. You may need to logon Penn State credentials and 2FA.


  1. Locate OneDrive. If prompted to logon, you will need your full Penn State email.
  2. Click Next
  3. Click the Work or school
  4. Enter your Penn State userid and password at the Web Access screen that appears.
  5. Complete your Two Factor Authentication (2FA).
  6. You should see the blue OneDrive cloud icon at the bottom right corner.
  7. Open your files and work on them as normal.


The existing shortcut to your county share should work. Just double-click and access the folder(s) & files you need to access.

Home Computers

Productivity Software


  1. In a web browser go to You may be prompted for an email address, if you have not gone to this page before:
  2. Enter your full email address (include the & click Next.
    • Tip: If you see the Microsoft logo put in your full email
    • If not, just use your userID
  3. You will be forwarded to a Penn State login page.
  4. Log in as normal with userID, password, and 2FA.
  5. You may need to set your time zone & click Save.
  6. Here you will have access to your mailbox and calendar (icon at lower left).
 If you check other mailboxes
  1. In the top right you will see your profile picture/initials
  2. Click that and a menu will appear
  3. Choose Open Another Mailbox
  4. In the box that appears, type the mailbox name eg.
  5. Click Open
  6. The mailbox will open in a new tab. You can create & respond to messages and they will be coming from this email address (eg. ).
  7. Click on the tab with your name to return to your personal mailbox.
  8. When done with mail, go to the top right you will see your profile picture/initials & choose Sign out.


  • In the web browser navigate to .
  • Click Log in at top right.
  • Log in with your Penn State access account and 2FA.
  • From here open OneDrive to access documents and desktop files. Edit, create new, share as your normally would.


To get to Share folders, you will need a program called the Cisco AnyConnect VPN installed and running. This will direct all traffic from your computer while connected through a secure connection back to Penn State. If you are using a Penn State laptop this should be installed already.

Cisco AnyConnect Security Mobility Client -VPN

Install Cisco AnyConnect Security Mobility Client on your computer

This only needs to be done once.

  1. Navigate to
  2. If needed, logon and 2FA.
  3. Click on Connecting to Penn State
  4. Click on the operating system of your computer (Windows or Macintosh)
  5. On the next page, click on the version number to begin download
  6. Run the file
  7. Follow the instructions in the installer to finish the install

Opening the Cisco AnyConnect Security Mobility Client

  1. In the Start menu on your PC you will see a Cisco Folder
  2. Open it, and locate the Cisco Anyconnect Secure Mobility Client
  3. It will open with a box saying ready to connect and a textbox saying If the address is not there type it in.
  4. Click Connect
  5. You will be prompted for your Penn State Username and Password. Enter it and hit OK.
  6. Your computer will now be connected back to Penn State through VPN

Mapping to the Share

  1. In the Windows search box on the bottom left type 'file explorer' and hit Enter .
  2. An Explorer box will appear.
  3. In the left pane, locate This PC and right-click on it.
  4. Select Map a Network Drive.
  5. A new dialog box will appear with Drive letter and Folder.
  6. The Drive letter can be any letter.
  7. In the Folder box type:
    1. For counties: \\\a8-ex\
    2. For UP:
  8. Check the box for Connect Using Different Credentials
  9. A prompt for sign on will appear. You will need to put in psu\userid and your password.
  10. Click OK. Allow some time for this window to appear.
  11. Double-click your county.
  12. The Share folder should open you can work as normal.

Connecting to IBIS

  1. You will need to be sure the VPN is running so you are securely connecting back to Penn State
  2. Navigate in a browser to software requests at PSU
  3. Under Connecting to Penn State choose HostExplorer
  4. Click Version
  5. Run the program and follow the installer

Remoting to your Office PC

This is only possible if your computer in the office stays awake or has been set to wake remotely. Contact IT to setup prior to leaving office if possible.