Setting up your Home Mac

The Configuration settings for your HOME Mac will be a little different, depending on the type of OFFICE computer that you’re connecting TO.

Click here if you’re connecting TO another Mac 

Click here if you’re connecting TO a PC

Setting up your HOME Mac to connect to your OFFICE Mac.

  1. Request VPN from HSPH IT – provide ID #, email address, billing code
  2. HSPH will send you an email with instructions for setting up your VPN account (similar to what follows:)
  3. Use a web browser to log-in to http://vpn5.harvard.edu
  4. Download Cisco Anyconnect VPN client
  5. Create tunnel:
    1. Go to Applications > Cisco > Cisco Anyconnect  VPN Client
    2. Select vpn5.harvard.edu
    3. Log in with your credentials

i.     User: XXXXXXX@HSPH

ii.     Pasword: Harvard PIN

  1. Finder > Go > Connect to server
    1. Enter: vnc://ip-address
    2. Click the + button to add the IP address to your favorites
  2. Screen Sharing VNC application will open

Connecting from your HOME Mac

Each time you connect from your “home” Mac:

  1. Go to the Cisco Anyconnect VPN program, enter your HSPH PIN password, and click accept.
  2. Go to Finder > Go > Connect to server.  Your IP address should already be there from the initial setup, click connect. You should be taken to your “office” desktop, maybe to your login page.


Setting up your HOME Mac to connect to your OFFICE PC.

  1. Request VPN from HSPH IT – provide ID #, email address, billing code
  2. HSPH will send you an email with instructions for setting up your VPN account (similar to what follows:)
  3. Use a web browser to log-in to http://vpn5.harvard.edu
  4. Download Cisco Anyconnect VPN client
  5. Create tunnel:
    1. Go to Applications > Cisco > Cisco Anyconnect  VPN Client
    2. Select vpn5.harvard.edu
    3. Log in with your credentials

i.     User: XXXXXXX@HSPH

ii.     Pasword: Harvard PIN

  1. In addition to the Cisco program, you will also need a remote desktop program. Download Microsoft RDC software from: http://www.microsoft.com/mac/remote-desktop-client
  2. Open the RDC software by Applications > Remote Desktop Connection
    1. Enter the IP address of the computer you’re connecting to and click Connect
    2. A warning dialogue will pop up, click Connect
    3. Screen Sharing RDC application will open to the log-in of the OFFICE computer

Connecting from your HOME Mac

Each time you connect from your “home” Mac:

  1. Go to the Cisco Anyconnect VPN program, enter your HSPH PIN password, and click accept.
  2. Open the RDC software by Applications > Remote Desktop Connection, enter the IP address and connect