Have you been granted VPN rights, but now you don’t know the first thing to do? Here is your next course of action.
(Note: This presumes you’ll be connecting to your office/cub desktop PC in your office/cube and you don’t have your county notebook or PC at home with you.)
Office PC: Find out the hostname of your MCG PC. You’ll need this if you’re going to connect to it.
Click the Windows Start button.
Find Computer Name about 3/4 down the screen.
County Notebook: Set up Pulse Secure
Find and double-click MCG Software Center on your desktop. (This is only on county computers and you will not find this on your home computer.)
Find and click to install Pulse Secure Client from the list. Go through the installation.
Run Pulse Secure. We now need to establish a connection (something you’ll do only once, as you will just use that saved connection after this point). The screen should show an empty list of connections and we’ll add one.
Click the plus (+) button in the Pulse Secure window to add a connection.
Add the necessary info:
Type: (use the default Policy Secure or Pulse Secure).
Name: Call this whatever you would like. I recommend MCG or VPN.
Server URL: https://secure.montgomerycountymd.gov
Click the Add button.
Connect to the VPN
Launch Pulse Secure (if you have not already).
Find the saved item for the county VPN and click the Connect button.
Input your county single sign-on username and password (i.e., what you use to log into Windows in the office) when prompted and click the Connect button.
Wait for the connection to be made successfully. You will know it was successful if you see the green check mark next to the name of the saved connection.
Connect to Your Work Desktop
Click the Windows start button at the corner of the Windows taskbar.
Type Remote and click to launch Remote Desktop Connection.
Key in the name of your hostcomputer (as you found in the very beginning of these instructions) and press the Connect button.
Enter your SSO login username and PW as though you were sitting at your office computer.
Windows 10 allows the user to access a “personal digitalized assistant” called Cortana. Cortana can perform tasks such as set reminders, recognize natural voice without the requirement for keyboard input, and answer questions using information from Bing (search engine).
Cortana first shows up as a search box on the Windows 10 desktop screen, the “Ask me anything” bar that is one of the most visible new features to the Windows 10.
When the user first opens Windows 10, Cortana can be set to listen for the user to say “Hey Cortana.” To use Cortana with voice activation (computer must be equipped with a microphone):
Click on the Search Bar for Cortana by the Start menu
Click the menu icon in the upper right corner of Cortana’s window. It has three stripes.
Select Notebook from the options
Select Settings from the options
Switch “Let Cortana respond to ‘Hey Cortana.'” to On.
Now Cortana will respond to the user when prompted with “Hey Cortana”.