VPN for MacOS Devices


How do I install and set up UM-Dearborn’s GlobalProtect VPN client? When do I need to use a VPN?


The University of Michigan - Dearborn’s Virtual Private Network (VPN) creates a secure, encrypted connection between your device and the U-M network in order to enable access to university resources from untrusted networks.
The service enables users to:

  • extend the university’s private, secure, and managed network to their personal devices when using off campus networks.
  • send and receive university or personal data through a dedicated and encrypted connection across shared or public networks.
  • access applications or data which require an on-campus connection (e.g. academic resources, on campus computer and storage services, etc.).

The UM-Dearborn VPN client is Palo Alto’s GlobalProtect. Users that are connecting through the VPN will be required to authenticate via Duo Two-Factor authentication.

Installation and Connection - macOS

University managed Macs will already have the GlobalProtect VPN client installed during the imaging process. For personally owned or self-managed macOS devices:

  1. Launch a web browser and go to https://umvpn.umd.umich.edu

  1. Log in with your U-M Uniqname and UMICH password.
  2. Download the macOS agent.

  1. Once downloaded to your computer, run the set-up wizard to install the GlobalProtect client. Administrative rights are required during the installation.
  2. After installing the GlobalProtect client, you may be prompted to explicitly allow the GlobalProtect application to load with the following message:

  1. On the Security & Privacy dialog, click the padlock icon to make changes, and then select App Store and identified developers in the Allow apps downloaded from area. Click Allow.

  1. To log in to GlobalProtect, you will be prompted for a portal address. For UM-Dearborn, it is “umvpn.umd.umich.edu”. 
  2. After entering the portal, enter your U-M Uniqname and UMICH password.
  3. In the Gateway dropdown, select the “umvpn.umd.umich.edu” portal in order to connect. When connecting, you will be prompted to authenticate via Duo Two Factor.


  1. The GlobalProtect application will change its status to “Connected - You are securely connected to the corporate network.”​​​​​​​


  1. In order to disconnect from the GlobalProtect client, press the disconnect button. Your network traffic will no longer tunnel through the client.

For additional information, check these categories in the Knowledge Base:


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