As of 2/23/2015, we became aware that some users are not able to get to the college's homepage at http://www.gfcmsu.edu. 


If you only need access to D2L or Banner Web but are unable to reach the college page, you can go to use the following addresses to reach them directly. 


D2L - http://gfcmsu.desire2learn.com 

Banner Web - https://atlas.montana.edu:9001

Student Email - http://mail.gapps.montana.edu/


If you need to access the college's webpage and are unable to, please follow the instructions below to workaround the issue. Please note: this workaround assumes that you are able to get to www.montana.edu with no problem but are unable to get to www.gfcmsu.edu. 


The workaround involves changing the Domain Name Servers (DNS) your computer uses to locate websites on the Internet. The instructions below show how to make these changes on a Windows PC and also on a Mac. 


Open DNS: 208.67.222.222 & 208.67.220.220


PC Instructions


To change your DNS servers on a PC, go to the Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center > click on the adapter or connection you are using (Could be various names, but usually only one that is either wired or wireless).




In the popup window, click on Properties.




You may or may not get a popup window asking to continue. If so, click yes.


Scroll down in the list until you see Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4), highlight it, and then click properties.




Then, in the bottom half of the screen, select the "Use the following DNS server addresses:".




Now you can put either of the two sets of numbers from above in here: 


OpenDNS:

208.67.222.222

208.67.220.220


Click OK.



Mac Instructions


Open System Preferences by clicking on the Apple symbol in the top left corner > System Preferences. 



In System Preferences, click on Network. 



Click on the method you are using to connect to the Internet from the list on the left. Typically, these options will be "Ethernet" or "Wi-Fi" and the one you are using will have a green dot next to it. 

Click on the Advanced button in the lower right corner of the window. 

Click on DNS, located near the top of the window. 


Most people will see "grayed out" numbers listed in the DNS Servers box and that's ok, it just means that the computer received the DNS server addresses automatically. 

Click on the small plus (+) sign listed  below the DNS Servers box. 

Enter one of the new DNS server addresses and hit the Enter key on your keyboard. Click the plus sign, enter the second DNS server address, and hit Enter. Enter the addresses for OpenDNS: 208.67.222.222 & 208.67.220.220. 



Click OK.

Click Apply. 

Close System Preferences.