You followed the terminal commands correctly, so that is done.
Do not go "Digging around in /etc" or other "root" folders unless you know what you are doing.
There are different kinds of vpn connections and vpn connection protocols and many vpn providers. Most people that add a VPN server connection is for protecting themselves while on the Internet and the "openvpn" protocol is usually used for this and whatever VPN provider you choose provides the openvpn server configurations files (somewhere.ovpn) to import and use.
And, there are also networks for businesses and schools that people can connect to using a VPN and they may use different vpn connection protocols and or programs (applications) other than "openvpn" or the Linux Network Manager for connecting to their network, see screenshot for a partial list.
What exactly are you trying to do, connect to your schools network? If yes, they said you would be using a VPN connection to do so and GlobalProtect is that VPN provider software?
patrickmj wrote:"I'm using PaloAlto's globalprotect, per my institution's requirements".
What are those requirements and instructions?
After doing some research on this from your link, I think this "globalprotect" may be a vpn provider that your school is allowing you to use for connecting to the school's network and maybe the Internet through their servers as well. Do you have the GlobalProtect Linux archive file "PanGPLinux-4.1.0.tgz" from the school's IT dept, and your login credentials (username and password), and your school's portal identification code (the IP address or FQDN of your GlobalProtect portal)?
I cannot tell what VPN protocols they use, or if you can import their servers into your Linux Mint Network Manager (NM), but you can use their Linux Client application.
GlobalProtect™ is a program that runs on your endpoint (desktop computer, laptop, or server)
to protect you by using the same security policies that protect the sensitive resources in your
corporate network. GlobalProtect™ secures your intranet traffic and allows you to connect to
your corporate network to access your company’s resources from anywhere in the world
The following sections provide instructions for installing and using the GlobalProtect app for
> Download and Install the GlobalProtect App for Linux
> Use the GlobalProtect App for Linux
Download and Install the GlobalProtect App for Linux
https://www.paloaltonetworks.com/docume ... -for-linux
Download the PDF instructions for GlobalProtect App for Linux
https://www.paloaltonetworks.com/conten ... -guide.pdf
1.) Obtain the GlobalProtect App for Linux package from your IT administrator
and then copy the TGZ file to the Linux computer (endpoint).
2.) For Linux, unzip the package. You can use your file manager and just right-click the Linux archive file
"PanGPLinux-4.1.0.tgz" and inside that newly created folder will be a ".deb" file that you can double-click to install the "GlobalProtect App for Linux".
3.) I think this Linux client application is run from the console terminal prompt to connect to your school and possibly the rest of the Internet through their servers. I cannot tell if they have a desktop application.
see "Use the GlobalProtect App for Linux section"
https://www.paloaltonetworks.com/docume ... 81NC060RNM
Sample console terminal command
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globalprotect connect --portal myportal.example.com
4.) I still recommend changing your local ISP connection's DNS servers to secure ones from a DNS provider. Instructions are in the links I gave before.
5.) VIP: The main purpose for using any VPN provider's servers is for security and anonymity and or to access non-public private business or educational institutional web pages, or in the case of the "Tor - onion" network to access the "onion" dark web websites which are not normally accessible through normal Internet or regular vpn connections (you can use the Tor Browser bundle for this). When using a typical reliable Internet VPN provider's servers that is exactly what you will get security through the encrypted Internet connection and being anonymous because reliable VPN providers hide your actual location and public (wan) IP address and they do not keep any detailed user activity logs.
*** This may not be the case with "Global Protect" except to provide secure access to the educational and or business (portals) they connect with and their non-public private websites (web pages); this does not mean they do not monitor and record (log) all activity as well, I suspect that they do, including if they also allow pass-through access to the rest of the Internet. So you might seriously consider using "Global Protect" only for school-related activities and then disconnect from Global Protect to use another VPN provider or use the Internet without using their Global Protect vpn connection.
Console terminal command to disconnect from Global Protect
Hope this helps ...