Connecting to Polaris

Note: Please make sure you have prepared your computer for Polaris by clicking here.

Step 1

Open Internet Explorer and navigate to http://start.illinoisheartland.org

Note: Internet Explorer is REQUIRED.
 


 
Step 2

An add-on bar might pop up at the top of your browser.

If you do not see this, please skip to step 5

 
Step 3

Click on the bar.

Then click Run Add-on

Step 4

A window will pop up asking if you want to run ActiveX control.

Click Run

 

 
Step 5

You may now enter your username and password.

Example: username@ihls.local
Note: Use either your machine or Polaris login here

 

 

 

Step 6

You may see a few icons.

Click on the Polaris IHLS LIVE icon
Note: You only need to click once.
 

 

 

 

Step 7

A window remote desktop window will pop up

Click Connect

 

 
Step 8

Polaris will open and a log in screen will pop up.

NOTE: If you used a machine login for step 5, you will need to change the username to your Polaris username.

Enter your password, and click OK

 

 

 

Step 9

The Polaris bar should be dark blue, and you should see your username and library at the top.

You may now minimize your Internet Explorer browser

 

 

 

 

Step 10

You should see the Polaris bar and your computer's desktop.