If you are a Dakota County employee or elected official, follow the instructions below to connect to the county’s VPN.
1. From your web browser, go to the
Dakota County VPN Website.
“Cisco Secure Desktop” will appear and analyze your computers configuration and settings for adherence to Dakota County standards and policies.
Once it’s done analyzing your computer, the VPN Web Portal page will appear.
2. Select Dakota County Computers from the GROUPfield.
This option will connect your computer to the county network as though it were connecting from a county office. You will have access to the same applications, websites, and network files and folders as you do when using your computer from within a county building.
Dakota County VPN requires multifactor authentication (MFA). If you haven’t enrolled your Dakota County user ID in MFA, please go to the
Dakota County MFA Enrollment and complete enrollment.
3. Enter your 5-digit Dakota County user ID and password into the
PASSWORD fields and click
If your user ID and password are correct, you will be prompted to enter a multifactor authentication (MFA) code. Your mobile device will either display a text message with an MFA code or, through the Microsoft Authenticator app, prompt you to validate your attempted connection. Enter the MFA code from the text message or click
Approve in the Microsoft Authenticator app, whichever applies.
The VPN home page should appear.
Options listed on the VPN home page will vary and won’t look exactly like the image shown.
If you encounter problems connecting to the Dakota County VPN or have any related questions, feel free to contact the IT Help Desk at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-438-4346.