A virtual private network (or VPN) is a means for devices to connect to the SMSD network over the internet and behave as if the device was plugged into the network on-site. This allows users to connect to network drives (such as H: and S:) and access internal resources not available over the internet.

This article will assist users in connecting to the SMSD VPN using the FortiClient application installed on all District Windows devices.

Connect to the VPN

  1. Locate the FortiClient application located at the bottom right-hand corner of your screen (near the clock). It appears as a green shield.
  2. Right-click on the FortiClient application and choose Connect to "SMSD VPN". The FortiClient agent will appear.
  3. Enter you SMSD username and password and click Connect.
    Once the VPN is successfully connected, you will see a notification above the FortiClient application icon stating that you are connected to the SMSD VPN.

Accessing your Drives

Once connected to the SMSD VPN, you should be able to open Computer or File Manager as you normally would to access your H: or S: drives. You will see the S: drive already available even though there may be a red X over it. Note, however, that your H: drive may not be visible to you. 

Accessing your H: drive

To access your H: drive,

  1. click in the address bar and type \\smsd-fs01\home$\[USERNAME] where [USERNAME] is your SMSD username such as jsmith.
  2. Press ENTER. Your H: drive should appear.